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Richard J. Bernes

Mr. Bernes, a graduate from the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy, practiced as a Registered Pharmacist before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He was a Special Agent with FBI for over twenty (20) years. Mr. Bernes’ investigations transcended a wide variety of crimes. His most notable accomplishments were in the realm of high technology crimes and issues. During his career he investigated or managed many celebrated trade secret cases including: IBM vs. Hitachi, Charles McVey, Kevin Anderson, William Gaede, and others. In 1994 Mr. Bernes was selected to pioneer and manage the FBI’s first High Technology Crime Unit in Silicon Valley. He and his group attained international prominence reported frequently in the media. Mr. Bernes and James Gillespie, Santa County District Attorney’s Office created the REACT Task Force, currently comprised of numerous law enforcement agencies targeting high technology crime in Silicon Valley.

During his FBI career, Mr. Bernes supervised the Gang Squad and was a SWAT team leader. That experience coupled with his experience in the private sector has positioned he and his company to effectively handle work place violence issues and executive protection.

Mr. Bernes has International experience. He was a keynote speaker at training seminars in Singapore, Malaysia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark and The Netherlands. Mr. Bernes conducted security assessments in Ireland, England and The Netherlands.

During 2007 - 2008 Mr. Bernes was the National President of the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a fraternal and professional organization consisting of over 8000 members.

Mr. Bernes is also a member of the following organizations:

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