2021 Annual Conference Speaker – Don C Johnson, CLI

Don C. Johnson, CLI is a former National Director of the National Association of Legal Investigators and currently chairs NALI’s Advisory Committee. He entered the private investigation business in New York City in 1984 as a field agent for Burns International Investigation Services, with assignments in insurance fraud, workplace theft and strike security. He moved to Indiana and traveled the United States investigating insurance fraud. Johnson started Trace Investigations in Bloomington, Indiana in 1990, specializing in litigation support services for personal injury and criminal defense attorneys, and background screening services for businesses. Johnson presently serves as chief executive officer of Trace Investigations. He is a founding member of the Indiana Society of Professional Investigators and the Indiana Association of Background Screeners. He joined NALI in 1995 and in 1997 became the first Certified Legal Investigator™ in the state of Indiana. In 2001 Johnson was appointed to the Indiana Private Investigator and Security Guard Licensing Board (then known as the Indiana Private Detective Licensing Board), and currently serves as its chairman. He has received numerous awards and honors, including NALI’s Editor-Publisher Award for his article, Suicide Investigations, published in The Legal Investigator; and the Wayne J. Wunder Award from the National Council of Investigation and Security Services for “… dedication, leadership and distinguished service to the private investigations and security profession.” He was awarded a life membership in the International Intelligence Network and edits the Intellenet quarterly newsletter. Johnson is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and a director-at-large of the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators. Johnson is a contributing author to three books published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company; Advanced Forensic Criminal Defense Investigations, Advanced Forensic Civil Investigations and Corporate Investigations. A “farm kid,” Johnson grew up in Kentucky and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Russian intelligence analyst. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he presently lives with wife Becky and schnauzer Gracie.