An organization should use the following factors to decide who to appoint or retain to conduct an internal investigation:
- Educated, trained and experienced in all areas pertinent to the investigation, including: (1) collecting and preserving evidence; (2) interviewing subjects; (3) determining credibility of interview subjects; and (4) applying the relevant legal and regulatory process and issues in the investigation.
- The ability to objectively gather and consider relevant facts pertaining to the investigation.
- Conflict free.
- Able to establish trust and confidence in the integrity of the investigation process.
- Knowledge to collect all available and relevant facts in order to develop an objective, thorough and accurate assessment of the allegation.
- Expertise to provide recommendations to address issues discovered during investigation.
- Knowledge of the subject matter, industry and organization-specific policies.
For assistance with conducting internal investigations, contact attorneys Michael L. Buckner (firstname.lastname@example.org; +1-954-941-1844 ext. 1) or Lori A. Williams (email@example.com; +1-954-941-1844 ext. 7).