Chris Reynolds has been licensed as a Private Investigator in the State of California since 1979. After an apprenticeship working in a small law firm, Mr. Reynolds became, at 23 years old, one of the youngest licensed private investigators in California history.

  • Since 1984, the firm has been handling complex workplace investigations for businesses, governmental agencies and school districts. Workplace investigations include sexual harassment, discrimination of all types, testing irregularities, embezzlement, fraud, confidential board of trustee matters, and other personnel related issues. The firm has investigated over 500 workplace matters throughout California.
  • Reynolds provides ongoing training and seminars to school districts and private businesses related to sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • In the past 31 years Mr. Reynolds has worked on behalf of over 95 different school districts and other educational entities, assisting them with internal investigations. The majority of school district investigations are referral based from local employment law firms representing districts. Below is a sampling of School District clients:
  • Colleges
    • Dominican College
    • Santa Rosa Junior College
    • Napa Valley College
    • College of the Redwoods
    • College of Marin
  • School Districts
    • Santa Rosa City Schools
    • Campbell Unified School District
    • Marin County Office of Education
    • Sonoma County Office of Education
    • San Francisco Unified School District
    • Berkeley Unified School District
    • Oakland Unified School District
    • Sonoma Valley Unified School District
    • Belmont-Redwood Shores Unified School District
    • Sacramento City Schools
    • Elk Grove Unified School District
    • San Luis Coastal Unified (San Luis Obispo)
    • Parlier Unified School District
    • Dinuba Unified School District
    • Union Elementary School District
  • Memberships
    • California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI)
      • Board of Directors 2003-Present
      • President – 2010-12, 2014-16
      • Chair of the Education Committee 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11
      • Chair Legislative Day 2006-08
      • Chair-Ethics Committee
      • Budget Committee 2008-present
      • Legislative Committee 2010-present
    • National Council of Investigation and Security Services
    • Association of Workplace Investigators
    • California Association of Licensed Investigators
    • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
    • Defense Investigators Association


June 2014 Mr. Reynolds received the “Distinguished Achievement” award from the California Association of Licensed Investigators. The DAA is the highest award given to CALI members and represented Mr. Reynolds work on behalf of

  • CALI, the private investigation industry and his lifetime career as a private investigator.
  • February 2007-Mr. Reynolds received the “Private Investigator of the Year” award by his peers for outstanding achievement on two high profile homicide cases in Sonoma County which resulted in the acquittal and dismissal of first degree murder charges against both parties. The PI of the Year Award is second highest honors CALI bestows on its members.
  • March 2009-Legislative Excellence Award from the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) for achievements in legislation on behalf of CALI and private investigators in California


  • Worked on over five hundred different matters including sexual harassment, wrongful termination and/or discrimination matters.  Most matters have been investigated on behalf of local school districts as a third party, independent investigator, retained to resolve complex internal employment issues.  Other governmental agencies including, law enforcement, have retained the company to handle their internal matters.   Mr. Reynolds has prepared investigations for Administrative Hearings, local school boards, Federal and State Court litigation.
  • Conducted on site investigations of employee theft and embezzlement, including complex matters involving interviewing witnesses, conducting discreet surveillance and auditing records and other data to reach conclusions for discipline or prosecution.
  • Testified in Federal, State and Administrative Courts on over sixty (60) occasions.
  • Provides training regarding sexual harassment and discrimination, including interviewing techniques for site administrators.
  • Formal presentations and testimony to report findings to school districts, associations and private clients
  • Employment related investigations encompass interviewing administrators, staff, students and expert witnesses.  All aspects of the investigation are fully documented including acquiring documents, photographs, videos, diagrams for presentations to agencies and courts.  Findings and recommendations are typically made by Mr. Reynolds for consideration by the companies involved in the disputes. 
  • Worked on 2000+ civil and criminal cases throughout the United States, which included travel to forty states and several countries.
  • Civil cases have included fraud, embezzlement, will contests, elder abuse, construction defects, complex industrial accidents, business law, libel, harassment and discrimination, insurance fraud. Recently completed complex toxic tort litigation in Northern California.
  • Criminal investigations include work on major felony matters in Federal and State Courts. In the past twenty years, Mr. Reynolds has worked on more than a dozen death penalty cases and over 100 homicides.  Of the homicide cases, on ten occasions Mr. Reynolds was instrumental in providing critical information and evidence that directly led to the acquittal or dismissal of charges.
  • Appointed by the local courts to assist with investigations for indigent clients or those clients with conflicts of interest with the Public Defender.
  • At counsel table to assist at Trial on over 120+ cases, all of which he participated in court, handling every aspect of trial preparation, jury selection, post trial jury interviews, mock jury trial preparation, production of exhibits, demonstrative evidence, power point presentations, witness preparation, etc.
  • Consultant on trials, retained to assist counsel with trial and case strategy at every phase of litigation.
  • Environmental Toxic Tort Actions in Delaware and California, responsible for all phases of investigation, historical research, interviews, photographs, document acquisition, consultations and trial. 

          School and College Legal Services

  • Robert J. Henry
  • Carl Corbin
  • Frank Zotter
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Mia Robertshaw
  • Nancy Klein
  • Margaret Merchat
    • 707-524-2690

Lozano Smith

  • Michael Smith
  • Jerry Behrens
  • Greg Wedner
  • Karen Rezendez
  • Dulcinea Grantham
  • Sarah Kaatz
  • Ashley Emerzian
  • Marisa Lincoln
  • Benjamin Rosenbaum

Carle, Mackie Power & Ross

  • Dawn Ross
  • Bill Carle
    • 707-526-4200

Spaulding & McCullough

  • Jan Tansil
    • 707-524-1900

Peatman & Fogarty

  • Greg Walsh
    • 707-524-7000

Fagan Friedman, & Fulfrost

  • Lenore Silverman
  • Petrice Larson


**Additional References Available upon Request

  1. Civil Criminal Attorney References 

Andrian &  Gallenson

  • Chris Andrian
  • Steve Gallenson
  • Jane Gaskill
    • 707-527-9381 

Richard Ingram, Harrington & Ingram

  • 707-573-8123

Quinn Emanuel

Christopher Tayback, Quinn Emanuel 

Randolph Daar, San Francisco, CA 

Brendan Hallinan, San Francisco, CA 

David Nick, San Francisco, CA 

Steven Weiss, Santa Rosa, CA

  1. Other Features
  • Featured in February 2011 on PBS: Frontline “Post Mortem”
    for investigations of the Forensic Medical Group
  • High Profile Case Sampling
  • In re: Hitchings-(1993) 6 CAL 4th 97, Habeas
    Reversal based Jury Misconduct (187 p.c.-Death Row Inmate)
  • People v. Pelfini- 187 p.c. Dismissal at trial
  • People v. Easterling- 187 p.c. Dismissal pre-trial (18 mo.
    in custody)
  • People v. Marsh-187 p.c. Dismissal pre-trial