Joanne Parrent began her career as a private investigator at the behest of two California law firms, one in Los Angeles, one in San Francisco, that were seeking information for a potentially high-profile national lawsuit. For this assignment, she traveled to a Southern state where she interviewed scores of people and researched public documents in order to uncover the necessary evidence for the firms. During her investigation, she was joined by another private investigator, Alex Kline, of Alex Kline Investigation and Research in San Francisco. Mr. Kline was impressed with Parrent's work, and he subsequently hired her on Los Angeles area case. Mr. Kline also introduced Parrent to Nichols Smith, then Director of Forensic Investigations at Enviroforensics. Mr. Smith hired Parrent as a field investgator with Enviroforensics. Later, Parrent and Smith both joined Adverus, Inc., forming that company's investigative team. Finally, feeling that they could better serve their clients in a company devoted exclusively to investigations and research, they formed PSI.
Prior to her investigative career, Ms. Parrent worked as a freelance writer, author, journalist, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker for 20 years. She contributed feature and investigative articles to national and local magazines and newspapers and was the author of six non-fiction books, including two best-sellers. Ms. Parrent also produced, wrote and directed dozens of non-fiction films. This prior experience gave her an excellent eye for detail and honed her creative abilities, communication skills and investigative and research skills necessary for her work at PSI.
Ms. Parrent specializes in complex-litigation investigations, environmental historical research, database research, public records research and witness interviews. She also has experience in undercover contact with individuals.
California Licensed Private Investigator, Lic# 24108