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Our Case Managers
Our diverse team of Case Managers can facilitate a successful investigation for any client matter to a final conclusion. Learn more about our case managers by perusing the tabs below.
J.J. Gradoni has been president and owner of Gradoni & Associates since January 1988. Prior to forming the firm, he worked 14 years in law enforcement. Gradoni has experience investigating and supervising investigations dealing in narcotics, property crimes, fraud and fugitives. He is recognized by local law enforcement officials as an expert in investigating white-collar crimes.
Gradoni has instructed at the University of Houston Criminal Justice Center. He has authored intelligence documentaries on fraud, and has been interviewed by U.S. Senate Subcommittees concerning the effects of these crimes in the Houston area.
In 1983, Gradoni was honored as Officer of the Year by the 100 Club of Houston. Gradoni holds an Advanced Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education and has received specialized training at the International Intelligence Network.
Since the Firm’s inception in 1988, Gradoni has been involved as a Lead Investigator and/or Case Manager in over 200 Capital Murder cases at the Federal level and seven different Jurisdictions in Texas.
Gradoni & Associates were involved in four of the eight Capital Murder case acquittals in Harris County in the last twenty years.
Gradoni has also managed corporate loss investigations for dozens of clients which identified the wrong-doers, recovered property and secured confessions resulting in termination and successful criminal prosecution.
The ability to identify case objectives, assign competent Investigators for each task, and to accomplish the client’s goal is the foundation of success for Gradoni & Associates.
The firm’s motto “The Truth Makes A Difference” is the underlying element in each of the firm’s investigative activities for corporations, attorneys, business owners or individual clients at every level of the investigation. Leaving “no stone unturned” to achieve the client’s goal is a daily habit, not a special effort.
Our Team of Investigators
The team of professionals who make up the heart and soul of Gradoni & Associates’ investigation team are professionals with diverse backgrounds that can handle any investigatory assignment. Learn more about our team of detectives by reviewing their brief bios.
Paul joined our investigative team in May of 2012.
Paul Wisdom has a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington with Magna Cum Laude Honors.
Paul worked for the Dallas Police Department from 1992 to 2009 as a Patrolman, Supervisor and Watch Commander for all patrol functions in Northwest Dallas. Paul retired as a Lieutenant.
Since Paul’s relocation to the Houston area, he has worked in the Private Investigative field for two different companies before coming aboard on our team in 2012. Paul has proven to be a valuable asset to our surveillance team, handling a number of difficult assignments without being compromised.
Paul also is assigned a number of Criminal Cases in which he is responsible for working with the Defendant charged, identifying and interviewing witnesses, in preparation for the Defendant’s Case Disposition.
Our Team of Expert Consultants
Both Cindy Klein and Wayne Kessler have retired from actively working Cases on a daily basis with Gradoni & Associates, but do Consult on major cases, provide expert opinions, and interview high profile targets related to our Case Investigations.
Cindy Klein is a graduate of California State University with a Major in Criminal Justice. Cindy was a Special Agent with the FBI working ten years in the Houston Field Office. During her tenure in Houston, Cindy gained extensive experience in Bank Robbery, Kidnapping, Civil Rights and Domestic Terrorism Investigations.
Cindy has extensive training in Advance Profiling, Domestic and International Terrorism, Sexual Abuse of Children, and Interviewing and Interrogation techniques. Cindy has the ability to obtain information from the most reluctant witnesses. Cindy has great people skills and the ability to document her interviews in a very thorough manner.
Cindy was the case manager for our capital murder cases. In this role, Cindy has the responsibility of interviewing the Defendant in order to learn his version of events, the relationship with the other individuals involved and to develop background information that may be useful for mitigation purposes. She would the write an analysis and overview of the Offense Report for the client, identifies the investigative tasks and assigns those tasks to the appropriate Investigator.
Cindy was responsible for the entire investigation and assisting the attorney prepare for trial. Since Cindy’s promotion to this role in 2011, she has experienced one acquittal and one guilty to a lesser offense of Aggravated Robbery on two Capital cases, an accomplishment that does not happen very often.
Cindy was also in charge of our mitigation division, which obtains information for criminal defense attorneys seeking to save their clients from the death penalty or clients wanting to obtain medical history, school records and other documentation that would assist in favorable plea bargain arrangements with Defendants charged with lesser offenses. In order to accomplish this job, one needs to have the ability to identify, locate and obtain volumes of records, which are then placed into a very detailed life story, depicting history and events that may have been responsible for placing the Defendant in the situation causing the incident.