The November online issue of New York Lawyer profiles the field of “investigative counsel”, attorneys who are not licensed PIs and tire of the billable-hours squeeze of the big law firm life. They don’t make as much money, only $200-350 an hour, as they did in their former jobs, but the trade off makes it all worthwhile… One “investigative counsel” grumbles that it’s difficult to explain her role in the legal field. Welcome to the longstanding world of investigations!
An exemption in the New York State General Business Law [as in California law –B&P 7522(e)] allows attorneys to conduct private investigations. There is no special training offered to attorneys venturing into PI work but you can be sure it won’t be long before law school and MCLE seminars appear. More