All applications for membership must be made to the NALI National Office in writing on the appropriate form or submitted online.
Each application must be accompanied by the nonrefundable application fee of $35 and Membership Dues of $175.
It is helpful to submit three reference letters with your application, but they may be submitted at a later date, as requested by the NALI National Office.
Each application for membership is thoroughly investigated, and after such investigation is completed, the applicant will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of his or her membership application.
Membership in this association shall be open to legal investigators of professional competence and integrity, who are actively engaged in negligence investigations for the plaintiff and/or criminal defense, and who are employed by law firms engaged in the private practice of law, a public defender’s office, and/or privately owned investigation firms. To qualify for membership, an applicant must have a minimum of twenty-four (24) months (or 4000 hours) of documented full-time employment in these fields.
The Association may consider experience obtained in parallel fields toward the satisfaction of this requirement; however any waiver from the requirements set forth herein should be only granted upon full investigation of the submitted qualifications and only under exceptional circumstances.
Additional Firm Members
An active member in good standing may propose up to four (4) additional qualified investigators who are employed by that member for associate membership in the association at a reduced rate. A letter from the sponsoring member is required.
Professional Affiliate Members are licensed attorneys or individuals who are qualified as experts in their field, hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and practice as expert witnesses, but whose services are not primarily for insurance defense. Professional affiliates enjoy all Association benefits, with the exception of being able to vote or hold elective office.
Associate Members are members who do not meet the minimum twenty-four (24) months or 4000 hours of documented employment as an investigator in the private or governmental sector. Associate membership is open to investigators of professional competence and integrity who are actively engaged in providing litigation support for attorneys, and who are employed by law firms, corporations, governmental entities and/or privately owned investigative firms. Associate members enjoy all Association benefits except the ability to vote or hold office.