Summit Brand Protection brings to each client more than 75 years of combined criminal investigative experience, which includes volumes of formal training and hands-on proficiency in case management and judicial procedure. Summit Brand Protection employees have participated in trial preparation for a multitude of cases that required expert witness testimony involving evidence collection and investigative work targeting crimes associated with brand protection, commercial fraud, cybercrime and forensic auditing. Summit Brand Protection has positioned itself to support litigators involved in federal or state criminal matters, corporate criminal defense, intellectual property rights, corporate fraud, internal affairs, antitrust, and asset tracing.
Summit Brand Protection specializes in vetting individuals for sensitive and/or critical positions for both pre-employment as well as current service. The firm has adopted best practices for vetting that include criteria set by the federal government and identified by the Federal Investigative Standards. These standards apply the benchmark for specific requirements when determining an individual’s eligibility or suitability for key/vital/sensitive positions. All Summit Brand Protection practices follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which provide guidelines on how businesses can use background checks to make hiring decisions. Summit Brand Protection also conducts discreet investigations involving internal corporate matters. Sometimes labeled as internal conspiracies, these situations can result in significant fiscal loss and productivity. Summit Brand Protection will serve as an independent entity to uncover the truth or misconduct and provide relevant facts so that management can make a fully informed decision as to how best to proceed.
Performing due diligence on entities involved in mergers or acquisitions is as equally important when determining risk. This can have a significant impact on employees, senior management, and retirement benefits. Partnering with the wrong entity has the potential to decrease profitability resulting in a decline in business value. Summit Brand Protection will perform a risk assessment to assist with measuring the scope of investigation necessary.
Summit Brand Protection executives have been formally trained to discreetly perform thorough background investigations for suitability and security positions, which can be applied to the private sector.
Studies have shown that one-third of all applications contain falsehoods and that three out of ten businesses fail due to employee theft. Subsequently, hiring a trusted, dependable, and experienced individual and applying a thorough screening process is vitally important. Approximately 85% of all companies conduct some type of background screening on their employees. Most of these firms advertising employee screening services are set up to focus on batch hiring, which are primarily driven by quantity and speed vs. exhaustive and comprehensive screening.
Summit Brand Protection possess an extensive amount of real-world experience conducting such investigations and utilizes discretion and confidentiality for all parties involved in the vetting process.
What Makes Us Different
Summit Brand Protection focuses on providing our clients with a quality product at a competitive rate. The firm provides specific, in-depth, comprehensive research and analysis for each circumstance. Our investigative experience and products set Summit Brand Protection apart from the typical investigative and consulting company. Summit Brand Protection executives will work with the client to determine specific needs and develop a personalized plan. A contractual agreement between Summit Brand Protection and the client will be concluded once the plan is agreed upon and a retainer fee applied, based on the forecasted effort.
Whether it’s a subject of interest or client, interviewing remains one of Summit Brand Protection’s basic functions in support of the firm’s client based needs. Affecting a good interview is vital in realizing an intended outcome. Preparation is perhaps the most important part of conducting a successful interview, coupled with taking detailed notes and using multiple interviewers. Summit Brand Protection employees have been professionally trained in the art of interviewing through academia or partnerships with organizations that specialize in the field. Each employee also has extensive practical experience conducting field interviews that have led to successful prosecution or civil action.
Summit Brand Protection employees have extensive training in the art of surveillance and have logged substantial hours surveilling persons of interest and entities related to federal and state investigations. Employees have extensive experience in varying forms of covert surveillance, which include typical ground and roving methods, and specialized techniques such as wire taps, undercover operations, informants, the use of sensors, pen registers, mail covers, cyber mirroring and aerial imagery.
Social Media Exploitation & Open Source Intelligence
In today’s environment, probing social media and the web for open source information on subjects or entities of interest is paramount in almost every aspect of an investigation. The internet has enabled engineers to build applications, such as Kofax, Carma, and Octatools, to quickly gather social media profiles associated with any domain which basically defines and supports the nature of the relationship between people and their increasingly pervasive digital environment. Summit Brand Protection employs several experts in this field. Exploiting social media and open source intelligence supports the firm’s ability to identify and perform pre-employment verifications, background checks on individuals and entities, skip tracing, and asset identification.
Presentation, Trial Preparation & Expert Testimony
Successful presentation and trial preparation are entirely dependent on how well an investigation was conducted and managed. Summit Brand Protection brings to each client more than 75 years of combined criminal investigative experience, which includes volumes of training and hands-on proficiency in case management and judicial procedure. Summit Brand Protection employees have participated in trial preparation for a multitude of cases that required expert witness testimony involving evidence collection and investigative work targeting crimes associated with brand protection, commercial fraud, cybercrime and forensic auditing. Summit Brand Protection has positioned itself to support litigators involved in federal or state criminal matters, corporate criminal defense, intellectual property rights, corporate fraud, internal affairs, antitrust, and asset tracing.