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The Person Behind Our Company

Patti James Investigations conducts investigative work for a variety of clients. We help you gather vital information for your unique case and offer a detailed report of our findings.

Our Founder

The company was established by Patti James, an experienced investigator who has worked for large investigative firms in Houston, Texas. However, she realized the need for an investigative approach that is more ethical and professional. That is why she formed Patti James Investigations.


  • Life membership to the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators

  • Charter Patron of The Texas Ranger Association Foundation

  • Life Member of Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

  • Association of Christian Investigators

  • American Quarter Horse Association

  • Active Member Houston’s Second Baptist Church

Advancements in Patti’s Career

In 1995, she became a Certified Legal Investigator, (CLI)  a nationwide designation, and a

Texas Board Certified Investigator (TBCI) in 1998. Patti served on various committees with

the TXDPS, including revamping Board Rules and the formation of continuing education for investigators.

Current Position

In 2015, Patti  was appointed by Governor Greg Abbot as the chairman of the Private Security Board (PSB) with a term of seven years. She faithfully served five years of her term until DPS went under Sunset Review and the PSB was disbanded.  Patti was then appointed by the Texas Public Safety Commissioners  to serve as Chairman of the Texas Private Security Advisory Council.  She continues to serve the State of Texas and the PI industry  in her Council position while conducting hands on operations, and overseeing PJI agents in  all aspects of Patti James Investigations.


  • Currently serves as the Chairman of the Texas Private Security Advisory Council
  • Former Chairman of the Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security Board, Appointed by Governor Gregg Abbott
  • Advisory Council University of North Texas Professional Development Institute for Professional Investigations
  • Certified Legal Investigator, National Designation
  • Texas Board Certified Investigator
  • Member: Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI)
  • Former Board member serving seven years

Patti served TALI in these following positions:

  • Chairman of the Board
    1998–1999, 2001–2002
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • TCI Committee
    Hudgins-Sallee Award 2000
  • Article of the Year, 1996, NAIS – PI Magazine
    2nd Place 1996, Editor-Publisher’s Award – The Legal Investigator
  • TALI School Director 2002- 2015

Get in Touch

For any questions or concerns, reach out to our team today. We look forward to working with you.