Why Our Agency

If a case is serious enough to need an investigator, it warrants using one with a proven track record. We've been in business since 1981. Many of our clients have worked with the same investigators for decades. The 2019 merger with CDA of Eastern Missouri adds another thirty years of investigative experience.

For those in the insurance industry, you've seen our performance for many years. I would encourage you to review the publication section of our website. Many of the articles focus on suspected fraud and pre-trial preparation. These have been published in PI Magazine, The Investigative News, Claims Education and in our newsletters. They are based on our principal's investigative career which began in 1974. The articles cover decades of upping the odds of success while staying legally inbounds.

Between 2015 and 2017 at least three lawsuits were filed in the St. Louis bi-state area. All involved flat rate surveillance and were flawed from the start. You can't properly prepare for work in the field if there is no budget to do so.

The Missouri driver's license is record legally available for licensed private investigators. When you videotape the wrong person and the claimant is then turned into the Insurance Crime Bureau, litigation happens. Repeatedly trespassing over four days claiming you thought you were on national forest land didn't fly with another jury. Online research would have quickly confirmed there wasn't an inch of national forest in the entire county. It would have also shown photographs of the subject's home and outbuilding. That would have helped when the investigators spent a half day watching the wrong house. The third case involved contacting under pretext a represented plaintiff. Add videotaping a person inside their residence in Illinois which is prohibited. You need enough financial leeway to hire, train and retain experienced professionals

In all three cases the insurance company clients of the investigative agencies were also named as defendants. The investigators conduct rose to the level where three different courts were going to allow punitive damages. Two settled after years of litigation while the third had a jury verdict with a high low settlement already in place. Our principal was the expert witness on that case.

In 2016 Buretta served twice more as an expert witness. One involved a FELA case in a plaintiff friendly jurisdiction. The second involved a terribly flawed pre-employment screening which had devastating consequences. You hire an investigator to solve a problem not to create one.

For those in the legal profession you too have had decades of seeing our work product. Our lectures have been accepted by multiple law firms as part of their continuing education requirements. Our agency is licensed in Missouri and Illinois should you case need work on either side of the river.

For the general public our agency is closing in on forty years of problem solving. After you have reviewed this website, Google search our name. You need to make certain that hiring an investigator will help solve, avoid or mitigate a problem. Sometimes it won't. Have the statute of limitations run, is what you want legal, is it admissible or will it make a difference in the courtroom or in negotiations? All these factors and more must be considered. An hour consultation would be the money well spent on deciding if your case would benefit in using a professional investigator.

If you are in the legal, insurance or a business community, we are available in the St. Louis area as a guest speaker at no charge. Subject matter and time can be structured to your specific needs. These are not infomercials. The presentations are designed to increase investigative effectiveness and call out those practices traveling in the wrong direction.

Our writings, speaking engagements, website, radio presentations and work product make an open statement of our experience, business practices and results. Attorney Steve Sexauer, now retired, said something to me during my first year in business which I never forgot. It was "Ron, if it were easy, I wouldn't need to call you". Clients have been calling since 1981