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Our Team

The founders of SI Global Partners are former United States federal law enforcement professionals, with 100+ combined years of experience serving the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. They are uniquely experienced in complex investigations, security operations, and high-profile prosecutions.

In addition to public sector service, the team has a significant private sector background and a vast network of reliable domestic and international partners. SI Global applies distinctive expertise to each assignment and creates solutions that are highly responsive to clients’ specific needs.

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Robert O'Neill

Founding and Managing Partner

After serving as a former state and federal prosecutor, Bobby O’Neill was appointed United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, twice, by Presidents Bush and Obama. Bobby acquired extensive experience as a trial lawyer, investigator, crisis manager, and leader. He leveraged this depth of expertise in the private sector in his role as a former Managing Director for Freeh Group International Solutions (FGIS), LLC, a risk management firm founded by Louis Freeh, a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In each engagement that he chooses to accept, Bobby is dedicated to delivering exceptional services to individuals and companies in their time of crisis, based on his many years of expertise.

Bobby began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under the legendary Robert Morgenthau. Assigned to a Trial Bureau, his responsibilities included the prosecution of criminal cases from inception through appeal. He subsequently became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida (Miami) where, in addition to prosecuting federal criminal cases, he also held several supervisory positions including Deputy Chief/Major Drug Traffickers Section and Chief/Financial Litigation Section.

After his tenure in this role, Bobby served as a trial attorney in the New York City law firm of Kramer, Dillof, Tessel, Duffy & Moore. In this role, he primarily represented plaintiffs as trial counsel in the courts of the State of New York, frequently in cases involving medical malpractice claims. Upon leaving the law firm, Bobby returned to public service as an Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C., where his primary responsibility was as trial counsel in a case involving allegations of public corruption.

After conclusion of the trial, Bobby accepted a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida (Tampa) where he was first assigned to the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and then to the Economic Crimes Section. He also held several supervisory positions, including Chief, Special Prosecutions/Public Corruption Section; Anti-Terrorism Coordinator; Chief, Criminal Division; and First Assistant United States Attorney. Bobby was also selected for two separate assignments outside the Middle District, including as an Associate Independent Counsel in a separate Office of Independent Counsel where he was assigned as trial counsel in a case involving allegations of public corruption; he was also designated as head of the San Francisco, California, office. Additionally, he was assigned to the role of Deputy Chief in Charge of Litigation of the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Bobby also founded O’Neill Law Group, LLC, a unique firm that bases its practice upon a working relationship with a cadre of former federal agents and other law enforcement professionals. Utilizing a team approach, the O’Neill Law Group seeks to bring innovative solutions to address the needs of clients.

Timothy Flynn

Founding and Managing Partner

Prior to founding SI Global, Tim was a Managing Director with Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC since 2009 and previously served as an Executive with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Tim has more than 30 years of federal, state, and local law enforcement experience.

Tim prioritizes problem-solving and works to truly understand his clients’ needs, goals, and culture. His approach to each client engagement is based on common sense, leading to practical solutions.  

Tim served with the FBI as a Special Agent in Miami, Florida, from 1986 to 2009 and was also a member of the Hostage Rescue Team in Quantico, Virginia. He served as the FBI Counterterrorist Representative to the Australian government for the Sydney 2000 Olympics as well as three other Olympic Games and major events. He was also the FBI’s Legal Attaché to the Nordic countries and retired as an Executive in the FBI’s Charlotte, North Carolina, field office.

Tim received numerous awards during his career, including the FBI Director’s Award for “Outstanding Criminal Investigation” in 2009.

Prior to joining the FBI, Tim was a member of the Pennsylvania State Police. He is a graduate of West Chester University.

Tim has managed numerous international and domestic assignments including high-profile global investigations; major event security assessments; threat and risk assessments; security reviews for numerous Fortune 500 companies and high-net-worth individuals; due diligence engagements; and crisis management training for major universities, financial institutions, public & private schools, and a myriad of prestigious companies.

Examples of Tim’s previous domestic assignments include conducting a corporate security assessment of the Executive Protection program at a major stock index company; assembling and leading the investigative teams for a high-profile investigation involving the handling of sexual abuse allegations at a major university; and conducting comprehensive security reviews and assessments of One World Trade Center and other iconic New York landmarks, hotels, and businesses.

Tim’s previous international assignments include conducting internal investigations on behalf of FIFA related to corruption allegations regarding the bids for the World Cup; Presidential elections; developed and implemented the security plans, assembled and led security teams of more than 100 personnel in Nigeria and Egypt for the Under 17 and Under 20 FIFA World Cups ranging from 30,000 to 90,000 attendees at each venue over a four-week period in each country; and conducted internal investigations on behalf of the Asia Football Confederation related to allegations of bribery and corruption by football officials.

Additionally, Tim conducted Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations on behalf of a multinational oil company, major American retailers, and the monitorship of Daimler Mercedes Benz.

Tim has led Executive Protection teams for top executives and board members in the United States, Asia, Africa, and South America.

Michael Gaeta

Founding and Managing Partner

As a Managing Partner, Mike works to comprehensively and strategically address the investigative and physical security needs of SI Global’s clients. He is a proven problem solver in public and private sector arenas.

Whether an internal matter, due diligence and/or business intelligence need, physical security question or a criminal and/or regulatory issue with U.S. federal or local authorities, Mike applies experience, dedication, innovation and trusted relationships to resolve client issues.

A 24-year veteran of the FBI, Mike spent his career conducting and managing complex, multi-defendant, cross border investigations based on high-value sophisticated financial frauds, international money laundering, bribery and corruption, organized crime, labor racketeering, cyber enabled crime, predatory criminal activity, as well as national security and compliance and insider threat matters. Mike has been involved in numerous high-profile investigations and is recognized as a subject matter expert in complex investigations, transnational organized crime and was certified as an anti-money laundering specialist through ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists). 

Mike initiated, conducted and directed the FBI’s investigation into FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, uncovering decades of corruption, bribery and money laundering at the highest levels of international sport.

Mike conducted and directed investigative operations against international money laundering networks and facilitators targeting the US financial system. His work uncovered novel virtual currency/shadow banking schemes and previously unknown transnational organized crime groups conducting large scale cyber enabled bank fraud in the US, directed from multiple continents. 

While stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy as the FBI assistant attaché, Mike worked to ensure the safety and security of US citizens abroad and US mission personnel and facilities in Italy and to address the significant threats posed by international terrorist groups operating in the Middle East, North Africa and Western Europe.

Prior to co-founding SI Global, Mike served as the Vice President Security / Chief Security Officer for a privately held company with annual revenue in excess of $1 Billion, 20 production and distribution facilities and over 2500 employees. 

Mike received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. 

Tom Albright

Managing Director

As a crisis management consultant with Strategic Initiatives Global Partners (SIGP), Tom assists clients in their efforts to successfully prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, crises, and critical incidents regardless of cause, origin, or location. Tom has 36 years of local, state, and federal law enforcement experience, including more than 26 years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Tom was a supervisor and later chief of the FBI’s Crisis Management Unit (CMU) in Quantico, Virginia. The CMU was responsible for the FBI’s global crisis management program. This

involved developing policies, plans, and procedures; training, exercises, lessons learned; and response to real-world crises and major special events.

Tom represented the FBI on White House Homeland Security Council programs related to national and international exercises. International exercise partners included Australia, Canada, and Great Britain. Tom developed and delivered crisis management training to FBI crisis management staff and executive leadership as well as U.S. law enforcement and international partners in the Baltic States, El Salvador, and Hungary. He provided WMD counterproliferation training in Moldova, Croatia, Jordan, and Cambodia. Tom was one of two principal co-authors of the National Incident Management System’s (NIMS) Intelligence/Investigations Functions Guidance issued in 2014.

During his law enforcement career, Tom investigated drug trafficking organizations and organized crime targeting American La Cosa Nostra (LCN) families in New England. He was

also a police instructor, SWAT team member, firearms instructor, tactics instructor, and led the FBI’s Sports Outreach program to college and professional sports teams in Connecticut. Tom was promoted and transferred to the FBI Academy as a firearms training unit instructor before his time in the CMU.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from York College of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in national security matters, from Troy University.

Kiara Andrich

Chief Administrative Officer

A 31-year veteran of the FBI, Kiara has served in a variety of positions including as a Crisis Management Specialist assigned to the Critical Incident Response Squad responsible for coordination, planning, and identifying resources needed to respond to crisis situations both nationally and internationally. She has experience establishing command posts as well as communicating and coordinating with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Kiara has provided logistical support for critical incident response teams, primarily Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Operational Medics, and Special Agent Bomb Technicians (SABTs). As a member of the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) Team, she has provided real-time operational support to SWAT during the execution of hundreds of court-authorized warrants, multiple special events, and Dignitary Protection Details.

Kiara was assigned for seven years to various overseas posts, including at the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Astana, Copenhagen, Caracas/Port of Spain, Athens, Rome, and Pretoria, where she coordinated daily overseas operations in support of U.S. law enforcement and national security missions. This included liaison with foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies and coordination of training for foreign partners, including successful resolution of the high jacking of Afriqiyah airways in 2016. Kiara coordinated logistics for visits from POTUS, VPOTUS, the Attorney General, and other Cabinet members, as well as foreign dignitaries. She composed law enforcement-sensitive and classified reports and responded to international requests for information.

Kiara’s FBI experience also includes serving in an executive management role for a variety of programs as well as contracting officer and manager of first-line supervisors responsible for personnel supporting the Criminal and Administrative Division as well as nine smaller Bureau satellite offices. She is well versed in the annual budget process, space allocation, personnel security, organizational change, resource management, allocation and procurement, and staffing- level oversight. Kiara served as the FBI spokeswoman for four years in the third largest FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. She was a member of the Crisis Response Team, the Evidence Response Team (ERT), and the Rapid Deployment Team (RDT).

Doug then served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1996-2022, beginning in the New York Field Office on the Organized Crime Branch, working racketeering cases and subsequently transferring to a squad dedicated to money laundering and asset forfeiture. In 1999, he was appointed as a part-time FBI division counsel and legal instructor and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in 2007. As a result of his work, Doug was offered and accepted the opportunity to become cross designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) in the Eastern District of New York while remaining an FBI Special Agent. While an SAUSA, Doug litigated criminal and civil asset forfeiture cases against businesses and individuals who had committed fraud against the government or regulated industries. 

Doug’s work included leading the money laundering investigation of Bernard Madoff, whose $70 billion Ponzi scheme was the largest in history, from which nearly 90% of the criminal proceeds have since been recovered through the FBI’s asset forfeiture efforts. Doug was interviewed about his leadership of the Madoff case on a 2023 episode of the CBS documentary series “FBI True.” In 2005, Doug received an Attorney General’s Award for his work on a series of complex money laundering and terrorist financing prosecutions. Doug worked closely with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General to investigate a massive overbilling fraud on several federally funded construction projects. The FBI subsequently promoted Doug to Unit Chief in the Financial Crimes Section at FBI Headquarters. He was then promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the FBI New York Field Office, Complex Financial Crimes Branch.

In 2016, Doug was named Special Agent in Charge of the FBI San Juan Division, where he led over 400 employees spread among four offices in Puerto Rico and two in the United States Virgin Islands, and was responsible for all FBI programs, including Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Cyber, Criminal, Intelligence, Crisis Management, and physical security. Doug’s service there spanned Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two category five hurricanes which during a two-week period devastated all the islands within his area of responsibility. Lacking electricity and effective communications for over four months, Doug led an improvised crisis management response which saw the FBI join forces with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies assigned to the islands, as well as the U.S. Army National Guard, to distribute food, water, and other essential supplies to citizens in need and to provide armed escorts to fuel deliveries in order to defend the fragile economic recovery efforts from heavily armed organized crime gangs which were looting businesses throughout the territories. Doug received a Presidential Rank Award for his leadership during the aftermath of the hurricanes and was promoted to Assistant Director in charge of the FBIHQ Inspection Division, where he served until his retirement in early 2022. He then accepted a senior executive level position as a Division Director in the Pentagon Force Protection Agency within the Department of Defense, where he oversaw complex investigations and inspections at the Pentagon and approximately three dozen additional locations. 

Maren Burke

Director of Intelligence & Research

Maren has an extensive background in analytical tradecraft, briefing, writing, and critical thinking. She served as an Intelligence Analyst and Supervisory Intelligence Analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Las Vegas from 2008 to 2016. In the FBI, Maren was recognized as a senior analyst with subject matter expertise in fields such as HUMINT (Human Intelligence) and Strategic Analysis, as well as in threat programs such as International Terrorism, Organized Crime, Human Trafficking, Counterintelligence, and more. Maren provided extensive research and support on national and international-level investigations, as well as hundreds of local cases. During her tenure with the FBI, Maren also participated in drafting several national-level internal policies regarding analytic practices in addition to intelligence product standardization protocols.

In 2016, Maren left the FBI to join the private sector as the Senior Manager of Threat Analysis at MGM Resorts International (MGMRI) in Las Vegas. In this position, Maren was responsible for analyzing and researching various security threats to the MGMRI enterprise on multiple facets including terrorism, crime, and physical security. She presented strategic analysis to top-level executive decision makers on threats locally, nationally, and worldwide in both written and verbal products. Additionally, Maren’s work using statistical analysis on violent crime at all Las Vegas-based MGMRI properties helped illuminate significant crime trends previously misunderstood by both MGMRI officials and the local Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Maren was also tasked by senior leaders, on several occasions, with providing competent and confidential research in sensitive and multifaceted investigations.

Maren was integral on the night and following weeks of the October 1, 2017 shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  Maren lead the MGMRI Corporate Security Watch Center’s response starting moments after the shooting, providing guidance and organization to security officers gathering intelligence from multiple and reactionary sources, as well as acting as the main conduit of information from security officers on the ground to MGMRI management scattered throughout the city. Maren was charged with reviewing, analyzing, and judging information coming in real time, and disseminating accurate and comprehensive intelligence to executives needing to know.

In the aftermath, Maren helped liaise between various MGMRI Corporate departments and the FBI in recovery efforts of victim’s belongings as well as arranging travel and accommodations of victim family members, including those of a fallen officer.

In 2021, Maren joined the Strategic Initiatives Global Partners (SIGP) team to conduct skilled, accurate, and comprehensive research and threat analysis on a wide range of complex targets. She has obtained the CPTED Professional Designation (CPD) certification and has conducted several physical security site surveys utilizing the knowledge and skills learned in the training provided by the National Institute of Criminal Prevention.

Terry Burke

Managing Director

Terry has extensive experience in developing new programs and managing security teams investigating fraud and other financial crimes, as well as in wider security issues. Prior to joining Strategic Initiatives Global Partners (SIGP), Terry worked with the Freeh, Sporkin and Sullivan Law Firm and Alix Partners investigating major fraud and money laundering cases worldwide for banks and large organizations.

Terry was a former police detective and law enforcement executive with the Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard prior to creating and leading the United Kingdom National Crime Squad Financial Crimes Unit. Terry specialized in financial crime for most of his 31 years of police service. As a senior law enforcement officer, he created several specialist departments with wide-ranging responsibilities, including financial investigation, and represented UK law enforcement on several government committees whose remit was to advance financial investigation legislation. This included the development of the Proceeds of Crime Act and the financial elements of Serious and Organised Crime Act. Terry was also a founding member of the Concerted Inter-Agency Criminal Finances Action (CICFA) group, a multi-agency committee designed to ensure the success of financial investigation and the proceeds of Crime Act. He has also represented the UK overseas for several years, including holding a diplomatic position in the U.S.

Terry subsequently spent nine years in the private sector as the Director of Security for American Express where he managed teams of investigators and security personnel within the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Terry developed strategic responses to a wide range of criminal and civil issues, including cyber attacks and organized criminal activity. He then assumed responsibility for global investigations and served as the Head of Security for the Bank of England; Terry helped create a cyber intelligence and investigation team assessing all cyber threats to the Bank of England and developing responses to those threats. He initiated working with several other financial and government organizations to share and develop intelligence. Additionally, he implemented the first Bank-wide fraud review and reporting to the Audit and Risk Committee on vulnerabilities, working with departments to implement solutions established in policy.

David Fernicola

Managing Director

David is an attorney, investigator, bioengineer, business leader, technology transfer professional and a trusted advisor. He was a Special Agent with the FBI, deployed both domestically and internationally. He served as a case agent, legal advisor, coordinator, instructor, and training agent for complex investigations involving violations of RICO, ITAR, intellectual property, extortion, money laundering, cyber, witness tampering, and corruption. David managed FBI Miami’s, Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), a strategic collaboration with the private sector to protect employees, assets, infrastructure, and proprietary information.

Prior to joining the FBI, David worked as an attorney and technology transfer professional. He worked all aspects of the technology transfer process, including: managing and seeking protection for intellectual property and writing detailed memoranda on new invention disclosures, managing trademarks, drafting and negotiating various agreements and licenses with academic and biotechnology institutions and identified and resolved issues with government agencies.

After his career with the FBI, David was a Vice President with one of the largest private security firms in the world. He worked closely with multinational companies to develop and implement security solutions. David is also the founder of two (2) corporations, which worked with global organizations, to identify and address their physical and digital investigative, security and risk challenges.

David is a recipient of multiple awards, including: Investigator of the Year, two (2) Citation for Special Achievement and the BG Richard T. Ellis USA Award. David has a J.D. from Syracuse University; M.S. in Bioengineering from Syracuse University; and B.S. in Biology from William Paterson University. He is an invited speaker at universities, corporations, associations, and government agencies.

Ed Kahrer

Managing Director

Ed joined S.I. Global Partners in January 2022, as Managing Director. He is an experienced corporate security and Federal law enforcement executive with vast managerial and investigative experience. 

He possesses significant leadership experience in crisis management and preparedness, corporate investigations, fire and life safety, operational continuity planning, executive security, counterterrorism, and cybercrimes. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.

He currently serves as a contract Chief Security Officer for a client of S.I. Global Partners, overseeing the organization’s security operations, standard operating procedures, security assessments, crisis management and emergency preparedness, and corporate investigations.

Ed previously served as the Vice President of Security for the Durst Organization from 2011 to 2021. There he led a comprehensive organizational transformation of the department’s staff. He established and coordinated security efforts across the corporation, identified and established training initiatives, established a corporate firearms policy and licensing standards. He managed a network of security and life safety personnel and vendors who safeguarded the company’s assets, as well as physical safety of executives, employees, vendors and visitors.

He established and integrated security protocols for One World Trade Center and its observation deck. He partnered with federal tenants, federal law enforcement and security agencies in establishing security screening protocols for federal tenants at One World Trade Center and partnered with Legends management staff on security operations for One World Observatory.  He also spearheaded the Department’s Safety Act Application efforts and obtained U.S. Department of Homeland Security designations for two keystone properties.

Ed’s law enforcement experience includes nearly 30 years as a Special Agent and FBI executive. He served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge, of the FBI’s Newark Division from 2007-2011, where he was a Program Manager for all cybercrimes, white collar crimes, public corruption, and civil rights investigations. He managed and directed over one hundred and forty Special Agents, analysts, forensic accountants, and support employees investigating these violations. His oversight included computer intrusions, computer crimes, New Jersey’s Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory, public corruption, health care fraud, economic espionage, corporate fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, intellectual property rights violations, money laundering, securities fraud and financial institution fraud and civil rights matters. He spearheaded FBI efforts to stem public corruption in New Jersey. He led the Newark Division’s corruption investigation operation “Bid Rig”, which was a 10 yearlong investigation into systemic corruption throughout New Jersey, which led to over 100 convictions and is detailed in the book “The Jersey Sting”.

He also led investigations into 3 kidnappings and has extensive crisis management and preparedness experience. He served as a leadership instructor for mid-level managers, at the FBI Academy from 1996-2011. 

Ed is a recipient of the 1996 -Federal Executive Board of New Jersey Supervisor of the Year, and a two-time recipient of the FBI’s Director’s Award for Excellence- in 2007- FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence and in 2010- FBI Director’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Criminal Investigation.

George Khouzami

Managing Director

George is a highly skilled investigator and physical security expert. He is a 26-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he served as the long-time Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Public Corruption and Financial Crimes programs for the FBI’s New York Office. He was responsible for the investigations of federal violations for Civil Rights, healthcare fraud and other white-collar crimes. He directed and oversaw an unprecedented number of high-profile investigations and prosecutions during his tenure. George was also responsible for the selection, relocation, construction, and physical security of a number of new FBI facilities for the New York office. He directed the overall security posture of FBI New York personnel, assets, and crisis management functions, resulting in the improvement of security and overall savings in millions of dollars in lease payments and expenditures for the FBI.

George began his career in the Organized Crime Branch of the FBI’s New York Field Office (NYO) where he investigated systemic labor racketeering. At the NYO, George established and led the first International Organized Crime (OC) Squad and spearheaded the largest internationally coordinated, multi-agency OC operation targeting all five NYC La Cosa Nostra (LCN) families. This resulted in more than 130 arrests while supervising more than 700 law enforcement personnel in the U.S. and Italy. Subsequently assigned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., George oversaw the design, construction, and approval process for all FBI facilities worldwide, including conducting personal and force protection security assessments and providing recommendations relating to pre-existing and new FBI structures. George also designed, implemented, and updated the Executive Protection Program protocols, policies, and procedures to ensure personal security for the Department of Justice and FBI Executive Level personnel and threatened high-risk employees.

Upon his return to the NYO, George was assigned to the White-Collar Crime program, where he supervised the investigation and prosecution of a former United States Congressman and others for illegal campaign donations and money laundering. As ASAC of the FBI New York Public Corruption program, George spearheaded several additional high-profile cases that led to convictions in the NXIVM sex trafficking investigation and the investigation of a former District Attorney of Suffolk County and the former Police Chief of Suffolk County. Notable cases overseen by George with significant impact to New York State and New York City include the convictions of the state Speaker of the House and state Senate Majority Leader in 2018.

Prior to joining SI Global Partners, George served in Global Compliance as Vice President of the Law Enforcement Liaison and Rapid Response Team for Goldman Sachs in their New York headquarters. He investigated and resolved instances of fraud, risk, and compliance issues, and was a significant component of the asset recovery process.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, George received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Pace University.

Mike Rayfield

Managing Director

For the past ten years, prior to joining Strategic Initiative Global Partners, Mike has operated as a successful security consultant and private investigator providing such services as; Corporate Risk/Threat Assessments, Termination Support, Crisis Negotiations, Executive Protection, Workplace Violence/Active Shooter Consultations, Law Enforcement Liaison, Law Enforcement Training, and consultations with corporations on International Kidnapping Negotiations and Prevention. Investigative services included Corporate, Civil, Business/Investor Due Diligence, Person Locates, Surveillance, and Post Critical Incident Review. Nationwide services have been provided to law firms, corporations, and government entities.

A few recent successes have included a security assessment of a private Christian School in Amman, Jordan, physical security surveys of select government buildings for the State of New York, executive protection for medical research executives traveling in Europe, a security assessment for a recovery center for juvenile victims of sex trafficking, post incident review of a shooting and homicide on a college campus, investigation into an accidental fatality, leading to a twenty-one million dollar settlement; an investigation that uncovered an identity theft scheme with over 300 victims leading to a federal prosecution, conducted a security related due diligence investigation in Indonesia and the resolution of an identity theft case involving a Silicon Valley high net worth individual.

Mike honed his skills for the private sector as a 25-year veteran Special Agent/Supervisory Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mike supervised a multi-agency Violent Crime Task Force, was a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team based in Quantico, Virginia, and was a certified hostage/crisis negotiator.

Mike’s career and breadth of experience has afforded him the opportunity to consult, operate, train and instruct in many foreign countries to include Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Qatar, Oman, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Malta, Italy, England, Austria, Russia, Georgia, Hungary and Israel.

Mike is a United Sates Marine Corps Veteran, Marine Security Guard program, having served at American Embassies, Tehran, Iran, Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia, and Vienna, Austria. He is the recipient of the Meritorious Unit Citation, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon to name a few.  Mike graduated Cum Laude from San Francisco State University with a degree in International Relations.

Doug Leff

Managing Director

Doug graduated on the Dean’s List at St. John’s University School of Law in 1992, then became an Assistant District Attorney for Nassau County, New York. During his four years there, Doug tried criminal cases to verdict, wrote and argued felony appeals, and litigated numerous suppression hearings covering all areas of criminal and constitutional law. 

Doug then served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1996-2022, beginning in the New York Field Office on the Organized Crime Branch, working racketeering cases and subsequently transferring to a squad dedicated to money laundering and asset forfeiture. In 1999, he was appointed as a part-time FBI division counsel and legal instructor and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in 2007. As a result of his work, Doug was offered and accepted the opportunity to become cross designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) in the Eastern District of New York while remaining an FBI Special Agent. While an SAUSA, Doug litigated criminal and civil asset forfeiture cases against businesses and individuals who had committed fraud against the government or regulated industries. 

Doug’s work included leading the money laundering investigation of Bernard Madoff, whose $70 billion Ponzi scheme was the largest in history, from which nearly 90% of the criminal proceeds have since been recovered through the FBI’s asset forfeiture efforts. Doug was interviewed about his leadership of the Madoff case on a 2023 episode of the CBS documentary series “FBI True.” In 2005, Doug received an Attorney General’s Award for his work on a series of complex money laundering and terrorist financing prosecutions. Doug worked closely with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General to investigate a massive overbilling fraud on several federally funded construction projects. The FBI subsequently promoted Doug to Unit Chief in the Financial Crimes Section at FBI Headquarters. He was then promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the FBI New York Field Office, Complex Financial Crimes Branch.

In 2016, Doug was named Special Agent in Charge of the FBI San Juan Division, where he led over 400 employees spread among four offices in Puerto Rico and two in the United States Virgin Islands, and was responsible for all FBI programs, including Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Cyber, Criminal, Intelligence, Crisis Management, and physical security. Doug’s service there spanned Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two category five hurricanes which during a two-week period devastated all the islands within his area of responsibility. Lacking electricity and effective communications for over four months, Doug led an improvised crisis management response which saw the FBI join forces with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies assigned to the islands, as well as the U.S. Army National Guard, to distribute food, water, and other essential supplies to citizens in need and to provide armed escorts to fuel deliveries in order to defend the fragile economic recovery efforts from heavily armed organized crime gangs which were looting businesses throughout the territories. Doug received a Presidential Rank Award for his leadership during the aftermath of the hurricanes and was promoted to Assistant Director in charge of the FBIHQ Inspection Division, where he served until his retirement in early 2022. He then accepted a senior executive level position as a Division Director in the Pentagon Force Protection Agency within the Department of Defense, where he oversaw complex investigations and inspections at the Pentagon and approximately three dozen additional locations.