Mike has over five years of investigative and analysis experience in both the public and privates sectors, concentrating in obtaining hidden information. Prior to Gryphon Strategies, Mike worked at an international business intelligence firm where he conducted research for the firm’s due diligence and investigations practice areas. Mike previously was a Guest Researcher at the Brookings Institution, where he investigated the latest political and economic trends in China. Mike speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Mike graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in Economics and China Studies. In addition, he received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Derek is a strong component of Gryphon’s due diligence operations. He routinely works on in-depth investigations for public offerings and is a dedicated member of the team devoted to anti-money laundering and pre-transaction due diligence. Prior to joining Gryphon Strategies, Derek worked as an investigator for an intellectual property rights firm in Manila, Philippines. Additionally, Derek spent time in Uganda and Rwanda conducting research on local conflicts.
Derek graduated cum laude from Washington State University with Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Global Politics.
Laura has been a member of Gryphon’s due diligence operations, working on numerous domestic and international due diligence cases since her start with the company. She routinely handles complex due diligence investigations on large corporations and associated individuals. Additionally, Laura manages a team of investigators and a project focused on verifying the sources of wealth of private wealth banking clientele. The project includes both international and domestic jurisdictions.
Prior to joining Gryphon Strategies, Laura worked as a field surveillance investigator for Sedgwick CMS where she conducted investigations related to workers’ compensation and disability fraud. Laura graduated magna cum laude from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.
Lisa is a Senior Investigator focusing primarily on anti-money laundering (AML) investigations and high-risk due diligence background screenings. She serves as team leader for the AML-focused investigators at Gryphon. Lisa is responsible for implementing and consistently updating the firm-wide training program, training new employees on investigative methods and Gryphon’s protocols, as well as continually improving their skills and processes. In addition to her roles as team leader and trainer, she conducts domestic and international investigations into high-profile organizations and individuals.
Prior to her work at Gryphon, Lisa held a number of Civil Rights focused internships in addition to internships advocating for the rights of women and domestic violence victims. Lisa earned a Juris Doctor from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in May of 2014 and is awaiting admission to the New York Bar. Prior to attending law school, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
“The separation is in the preparation.” – Russell Wilson. Gryphon helps clients resolve complex matters and prepare for litigation and various types of deals. We ensure our work stands above all others through thorough preparation and tailored approaches to meet clients’ needs.– Derek Keenan, Senior Investigator