Rod Harmon
Chief Investigator

Rod Harmon
Philosophy
My life has been dedicated to working within the criminal justice system. I sincerely believe our...Read more
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts  – Stanford University – 1980

Employment Positions Held
  • Private Investigator, Harmon Investigations PI 8373, 1981 – Present
  • Chief Investigator, Innocence Legal Team, 2012 (Contract) – Present
  • Investigator, Innocence Legal Team, 4/2010 – 12/2011 (Contract)
  • Lead Investigator, Rothschild Wishek & Sands, LLP 2/2000 – 3/2010
  • Assistant Supervisor, Sacramento District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, Process Division,1980 – 1981
  • Investigator, Attorney’s Aid Inc., 1979 – 1980
  • Criminal Investigator, Sacramento Public Defender’s Office, 1976 – 1979
  • Civil Cadet, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, 1976
  • Security Supervisor/Lieutenant, Sonoma County Junior College District Security Police, 1973 – 1976
  • Squad Sergeant, Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department, 1973 – 1975
  • Security Agent, Western Intelligence, 1975 – 1976
  • Training Bureau Aide, Sonoma County Sherriff’s Department, 1975
  • Investigator, Law Offices of Gregory Jilka, 1974 – 1975
Certifications/Awards/Licenses
  • State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Private Investigator, 1981
  • California Association of Licensed Investigators, Certified Professional Investigator, 1987
  • California Youth Soccer Association – North District VI Girls Coach of the Year State/National D Coaching License (pending),
  • State E/D Coaching Certificate, State Goal Keeper Coaching Certificate
Speaker/Instructor/Publications
  • California State University, Sacramento, 1994, 1995, 2006 Private Investigation; Criminal Defense
  • California Association of Licensed Investigators, 1993, 1995, 2007 Criminal Defense Investigations; Starting a PI Business; Internet Social Networks and the Investigator
  • CACJ/CPDA Death Penalty Seminar 1988, 1990 Tracing People, Records & Evidence; Common Problems in Death Penalty Cases; Answer Person Forum
  • CPDA Penalty Phase Workshop 1987 Penalty Investigation
  • California Youth Soccer Association, Casa Robles High School, 1993, 1995 Numerous Youth Coaching Courses
  • Rio Linda Unified School District 1992, 1993 Career Opportunities in Private Investigations
  • U. C. Davis Law Review; Summer, 1985 The Cost of Taking a Life: Dollars and Sense of the Death Penalty, by Margot Garey; Interviewed and quoted
  • Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, 2003 Sexual Assault Trial Preparation & Investigation
Membership and Affiliations
  • California Association of Licensed Investigators
  • District Governor; District Director; Membership Services Chairman; Unlicensed Practices Committee; Membership Benefits Chairman
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • California Peace Officers Association
  • Northern California Peace Officers Association
  • Scholarship Selection Committee; Region IV Special Services & Programs Chairman
  • California State University, Sacramento Alumni Association, Criminal Justice Chapter Board of Directors; President
  • California Youth Soccer Association – North District Coaching Administrator; Assistant Commissioner; Coaching Instructor; State Recreational Chairman; State Olympic Development Chairman
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Defense Investigators Association
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Indigent Criminal Defense Panel – Ex-Officio Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Council of Investigator & Security Services
Post-Education Training
  • Association of Certified Fraud Specialists, Inc.
  • Seniors Against Investment Fraud 2005
  • Alameda County Public Defender’s Office
  • Death Penalty Workshop 1989
  • California Association of Licensed Investigators
  • Source Database, Computer Search Procedures 1988
  • Labor Management Law 1988
  • Emotional Dynamics I-V 1988
  • Gangs 1988
  • Wrongful Termination 1994
  • Sexual Harassment in the Work Place 1994
  • Environmental Hazardous Waste Investigation 1994
  • Bank Fraud 1995
  • Amended Fair Credit Reporting Act 1997
  • Computer Forensics 2006
  • Law of Pretexting 2006
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • California Public Defender’s Association
  • Penalty Phase Workshop 1987
  • Criminal Defense Challenges 1988
  • Death Penalty Defense 1987-1999 Staying on the Offensive 2003
  • Ready for the Defense-Tips from the Masters 2004
  • California Peace Officers Association
  • Aides & Law Enforcement 1988Street Gangs 1988California State Bar Association The State of Our Prisons; Issues in Sentencing & Corrections 1992 California Teachers AssociationCriminal & Credential Representation Issues 2004 Child Abuse Council – Sacramento Child Abuse Issues & Speakers Bureau 1987
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Sacramento
  • Drug Cases 1987
  • Defense Investigators Association
  • Advanced Investigation 1985
  • Advanced Criminal Investigation 1986
  • Investigating Violent Crimes 1986
  • Effective Communication Skills 1987
  • Communication with the Vietnamese Community 1987
  • Homicide Investigation 1988
  • Communication with the Vietnamese Community 1989
  • DNA 1989
  • The Law and the Investigator 1989
  • Serial Killers Profiles & Trends 1989
  • Homicide Investigation 1990
  • Advanced Criminal Investigation 1990
  • Youth Gangs & Drugs 1990
  • The Psychology & Investigation of Violent Crime 1991
  • Homicide Investigation 1992
  • Investigating Sexual Assault Allegations 2006
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Health Care Fraud 1994
  • Federal Defender’s Office (Eastern District of California)
  • Sentencing Guidelines 1994
  • Use of Demonstrative Evidence 1995
  • Panel Management 1995
  • Sentencing Guidelines 1995
  • Cellular Phone Forensics 2010
  • Forensic Mental Health Association
  • Dynamics of Sexual Abuse 1987
  • Child Abuse Treatment 1987
  • The Male Victim, The Retarded Victim,
  • The Non-Abusive Spouse
  • Child Sexual Abuse 1987
  • Treatment of the Offender,
  • The Victim, The Adult Survivor
  • National Association of Investigative Specialists
  • Missing Person Investigation 1985
  • S & W Seminars
  • Professional Investigator 1981