Get To Know The Staff of Gradoni & Associates

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

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 two of the four 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.

Edna Velez

Edna is a native of Puerto Rico who started with the United States Customs Service in 1997. Edna investigated criminal cases related to Commercial Fraud, Child Pornography, Contraband Smuggling, Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture. Edna also worked undercover in Narcotics Operations.

Edna was one of the project innovators for the Houston Area Child Sexual Exploitation Task Force Program, which was provided to local police agencies to assist in the prevention of Child Pornography and the apprehension and prosecution of child sexual predators.

Edna transferred to Homeland Security as an Investigator in March 2003, ending her career in May 2011. Edna investigated criminal cases related to Work Site Enforcement, Human Trafficking, Hostage Rescue, and Visa and Medical Benefits Fraud. Edna also supervised other Officers in investigations and mentored new Agents on trial procedures, case management and surveillance techniques.

After her retirement, Edna worked in the Spring Independent School District as a teacher in their Law Enforcement Program. Edna brings a host of experience and skills to our team.

Edna supervises all Felony Criminal Defense investigations. She is responsible for interviewing the Defendant, reviewing the Offense Report and developing the investigative plan regarding interviews to be conducted. Edna delegates and supervises the completion of the investigative tasks with our staff of Investigators.

Edna is one of our three Spanish speaking Investigators.