About Us

Barry Brown retired from the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office in 1998 as the Chief Investigator in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division. He was the primary liaison between the District Attorney's Office and other agencies within the criminal justice system and the D.A. representative for the Grand Jury.

Mr. Brown was instrumental in forming and writing the Critical Incident Protocol that is still used by Humboldt County as general guidelines for all law enforcement agencies when dealing with officer involved shootings and other "critical incidents". He was the State polygraph supervisor for all licensed polygraph examiners in Humboldt County and for a number of years, conducted many polygraph examinations for the D.A.'s office.

Mr Brown was the lead District Attorney investigator on one of California's most legally complex and longest running capital murder cases, involving the Aryan Brotherhood and their involvement in a number of robberies and murders. This case was almost two years in trial; one year in the courtroom for two preliminary hearings and a full year in the jury trial and subsequent penalty phase.

Mr. Brown investigated dozens of murder cases while with the D.A.'s office and hundreds of major felony cases. He was the initial contact for local law enforcement agencies seeking assistance and direction from the D.A.'s office at the front end of most major felony investigations.

Mr. Brown served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Humboldt County Senior Resource Center, the Advisory Board for the Administration of Justice Division at College of the Redwoods and has taught criminal justice related courses at the high school and college levels. He is also a former member of the Citizen's Advisory Board for Pelican Bay State Prison in Del Norte County.

Prior to his twenty years as a criminal investigator in the District Attorney's office, Mr. Brown was employed with the Eureka Police Department as a uniformed officer, investigator, firearms "range master" and a member of the S.W.A.T. team and police pistol team. He began his law enforcement career in 1970 as a patrol officer for the Fortuna Police Department where he was instrumental in establishing a new firearms policy and was the department's "range master" in charge of firearms training.

Subsequent to his retirement from the District Attorney's Office in 1998, Mr. Brown worked for a local law firm in Humboldt County where he was the defense investigator on a number of major felony cases, including homicides. He was the lead investigator on a major civil tort case that was successfully concluded after over two years of investigation.

Mr. Brown has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and specializes in criminal defense work and trial support. He also provides civil investigation and litigation support on a wide range of cases. As a third generation resident of the Pacific North Coast and an investigator with over thirty years of experience, Mr. Brown has a well established reputation within all levels of the legal community which greatly enhances his effectiveness as a private investigator.

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