What should attorneys look for when hiring their firm’s PI?

In seeking a private investigator to work with their firm, attorneys should seek an individual who has extensive experience conducting investigations for a multitude of different cases. They should hire a PI who knows the law regarding private investigations, has experience in the courtroom, is licensed by the state, utilizes state-of-the-art surveillance equipment, holds a college degree (or several), and understands the rules of evidence and how the criminal justice system operates.  Attorneys must also find a PI who writes well—an essential component of the PI’s job is delivering clear, concise reports (of investigations, interviews, etc.) that will stand up in court. The PI should be an expert at evidence collection and must understand what legal aspects of a case need to be satisfied in the field. Most importantly, attorneys should hire a PI they can trust—one who has a high level of personal integrity.