State Licenses & Professional Affiliations
LAW Investigative Group investigators have conducted investigations in 42 states, with extensive experience operating in major metropolitan centers of the United States. Our investigators have outstanding database and internet investigation skills to aid in the location of witnesses and identification of electronic records. These database skills not only provide very useful information to the client, but they also reduce the overall cost to the client by reducing travel and onsite research.
LAW Investigative Group personnel have worked with many Fortune 500 companies in the defense of multi-million dollar mass tort and class action lawsuits. Our investigators work with counsel to develop litigation strategies and gather information to support those strategies.
Lewis A. Watt is the President of LAW Investigative Group, LLC. Mr. Watt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice and Public Safety, specializing in Security Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. He is an expert in physical and personnel security procedures and has been qualified as an expert witness in Mississippi Courts. Mr. Watt later received an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree from Benedictine College. Mr. Watt started his career in investigations as a Special Investigator with the Montgomery County (AL) District Attorney's Office. He later joined the Tuscaloosa Police Department, where he was awarded the "Chief's Award" in 1994; when he and his partner interrupted an armed robbery and apprehended the suspects. Following his police career, Mr. Watt joined a national Private Investigation firm; where he opened and managed offices in New York, Kansas and Mississippi. In 2005, Mr. Watt founded LAW Investigative Group, LLC.
Steven VanDeWeghe is the Senior Investigator for our Texas operations. Steven holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Lamar University. Steven is licensed in Texas as a Private Investigator, Certified Process Server and Insurance Adjuster. Steven has over 18 years of experience conducting Worker's Compensation Investigations, Product Liability Investigations and SIU Insurance Investigations.
George R. (Rob) Berry
Colonel (Retired) Rob Berry is a Vice President with LAW Investigative Group. Rob retired from the United States Army in February of 2013 following 24 years of service. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from William Carey College. Rob was a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot during his military service and oversees the Military Consulting and Aviation Investigation Units of LAW Investigative Group, LLC.
Shannon F. Watt
Shannon F. Watt is the Executive Vice President of LAW Investigative Group, LLC. Mrs. Watt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alabama and is a former employee of The University of Alabama Police Department. Mrs. Watt specializes in Pre-Employment Background Screenings and provided communications and logistical support for investigations. Shannon Watt is an active member of the Junior League of Jackson.
Alice K. Thompson
Alice K. Thompson is the Senior Investigator for our Alabama operations. Ali attended Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama. Following her education, Ali earned an Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician certification at the Alabama Fire College. After several years serving as an EMT, Ali returned to the University of Alabama; where she earned her POST Certification. Ali has over 18 years of Police experience with agencies in Alabama and Mississippi. Ali is a certified SWAT Operator and holds Certifications from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Rifle Association as a Firearms Instructor.
Blake Stanley is the Director of Security Operations and an Investigator in our Ridgeland, Mississippi office. Blake started his career of service as a Firefighter with the Gluckstadt Fire Department and then served with the Ridgeland Police Department for four years. While at Ridgeland Police Department, Blake also owned and managed a Security Company providing uniformed and plain clothes security officers for commercial establishments. In addition to the management of these guards, Blake also personally led an Executive Protection team in the safeguarding of dignitaries and celebrities. Blake has extensive experience in the design and installation of Security and Access Systems.