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 Liz Rita, Founder & Lead Investigator

Our founder, Liz Rita, has spent her career working in the area of employment law and workplace investigations.  She specializes in providing neutral workplace investigations, which is the bulk of her practice.  Liz also trains HR groups and attorneys in how to conduct investigations, as well as other compliance subjects, and provides HR advice with a special focus on advising start-ups in establishing their HR foundation.

Liz has spent her career in employment law as an investigator and former employment law attorney.  In her legal career, she represented businesses and individuals as head of the employment law practice of a regional Denver law firm, and saw first hand what can happen when investigations are not done right the first time.

Liz has been investigating claims in the workplace since 1994, when she conducted investigations for the civil rights division of the Justice Department. Since then, Liz has provided workplace investigations to cities, school boards, fire protection districts and police departments, multi-national corporations, federal agencies and family-run businesses. Claims have involved all substantive areas of employment law, including harassment, sexual assault and rape, discrimination, misconduct, securities fraud and insider trading, ethics misconduct, retaliation and corruption. She is a recognized expert in workplace investigations and has spoken and written on this subject for a variety of audiences over the years.

Liz attended Colorado College and Boston University School of Law. She is a Sustaining Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, and founded the Colorado chapter of this, the most well-respected professional organization of workplace investigators in North America.


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 Julie Pate, Investigator & Special Counsel 

Julie Pate has served clients as employment counsel, advisor and workplace investigator since 1998. She honed her skills as both an outside lawyer and internal advisor for a large private employer with business in the United States and Mexico. Julie has conducted investigations for clients in large and small businesses, cities and municipalities, police and fire departments, and public and private universities. Her expertise spans workplace and the Title IX context, and she has a special expertise in working in the unionized workplace context.


Julie received her Law Degree from the University of Denver and her Bachelors Degree from the University of Wyoming. She also holds the Senior Human Resources Professional designation from the Society of Human Resources Management, ITIXA certified Title IX investigator and is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.

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 Peggy Rodriguez,  Senior Consultant 

With over 25 years in Human Resources, Peggy brings extensive experience to her work advising businesses as an external HR expert.  Peggy can provide day-to-day human resources help, situational advice and ongoing compliance monitoring.  She has extensive experience in workplace investigations, performance management, and employee and management training programs.  Peggy has a thorough understanding of compliance requirements associated with employee relations, employee handbooks and company policies.

Peggy is a Senior Human Resources Professional and a trained mediator and workplace facilitator.  She is also certified by the Training Institute for Workplace Investigators (AWI), the Mediation Certificate Program and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in 360 Degree Assessments.  Peggy can be a valuable resource to advise your existing HR department, or she can serve as your outsourced human resources professional.



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 Jo Zeimet, Senior Investigator

Jo Zeimet, senior investigator has over 20 years of experience in this work. While she provides investigations for clients from all industries, she specializes in public sector and nonprofit work with an emphasis on the unique challenges posed in these kinds of workplaces. Jo understands the dynamics of a unionized setting, as well as the collaborative expectations of a nonprofit. She is uniquely skilled in resolving these cases with a thoughtful understanding of the context and impact.

During her career, Jo has provided employment expertise to agencies, private industry and as a staff attorney at Mountain States Employers Counsel. She has been an HR Director, a Labor Relations Manager and Employment Counsel during her professional life.

Jo possesses not only a law degree, but specialized investigations training through her course work at George Washington University where she obtained an Advanced Certificate in Conducting Workplace Investigations.


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