H. Ellis Armistead is one of America’s leading investigators with over 25 years of experience.

Armistead Investigators specializes in criminal defense, civil, and internal investigations.

H. Ellis Armistead

H. Ellis Armistead is a Certified Legal Investigator, one of only 66 in the world. In 2016, Mr. Armistead became the honored recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC). He is a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI), Intellenet, PPIAC, and the Council of International Investigators. Mr. Armistead has investigated thousands of cases, both for the prosecution and the defense. He has worked with notable clients including the parents of JonBenét Ramsey, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, and the parents of Columbine shooter Eric Harris. To see Mr. Armistead's comprehensive experience, please click here for his CV

H. Ellis Armistead received a BA from Vanderbilt University and a MPA from the University of Colorado at Denver. In 1972, he began his law enforcement career with the Decatur Alabama Police Department serving as a police officer and police sergeant. In 1975 Mr. Armistead joined the Lakewood, Colorado Police Department where he remained until 1984, serving as a police officer, homicide detective, and police sergeant.

In 1985, Mr. Armistead became the Chief Investigator for the Office of the District Attorney in the 14th Judicial District of Colorado. In 1991 he formed H. Ellis Armistead and Associates, Inc. a legal investigation firm specializing in defense investigations of homicides and other violent crimes. In 2006 Mr. Armistead's firm was acquired by Heartland Information Services of Minneapolis. Mr. Armistead served as the President of Heartland Investigative Group until 2013, when he returned home to Colorado to continue practicing. 

Mr. Armistead can be reached at ellis@armisteadinvestigations.com.

Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts joined Armistead Investigators in 2016 as a licensed private investigator with more than 8,000 hours of investigative experience. Ms. Roberts brings to the firm notable experience using open records laws to request data and documents from city, state and federal government agencies. To date, the majority of her legal investigations have focused on criminal defense. She is a member of NALI and PPIAC, and has completed the certification for Criminal Defense Investigations through The Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC). 

Prior to joining Armistead Investigators, Ms. Roberts spent four years as a research analyst for The Indago Group, a private firm specializing in corporate fraud and false claims investigations for hedge funds and law firms. There she served as a database analyst and litigations researcher of companies with multi-billion dollar market capitalization. Notable projects include identifying, compiling and examining thousands of adverse events related to on and off-label-use of certain medical devices and pharmaceutical orphan drugs.

Ms. Roberts graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. As a senior, she led a 10-month partnership between her investigative journalism class and the Boston Globe to chronicle tornado recovery in Western Massachusetts. Two of her stories were featured on Page One, including a one-year anniversary piece that exposed disparities in recovery among poorer neighborhoods in Springfield.

Ms. Roberts can be reached at rachel@armisteadinvestigations.com.

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Brandé Micheau

Brandé Micheau joined Armistead Investigators in 2017 after six years in local government. While serving as Director of Constituent Services for a Denver City Councilperson, Ms. Micheau aided in creating new legislation in policy areas such as zoning, economic development, safety and urban planning. She is also a co-founder of a social impact organization whose goal is to help negatively impacted communities implement healthy community design, and navigate local government. 

Ms. Micheau is a graduate of Colorado State University where she earned a Master of Science in Management. She was recently recognized as a ‘2017 African American Who Made a Difference’ by the Denver Urban Spectrum. In her free time, Ms. Micheau enjoys volunteering in the community, serving on boards and commissions, traveling and most importantly spending time with family and friends.

To see Ms. Micheau's comprehensive experience, please click here for her CV, and she can be reached at brande@armisteadinvestigations.com.

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Chris Wells

A computer nerd since high school, Chris Wells has spent 35 years immersed in information technology. He started in software development, working extensively on computer modeling of the atmosphere, large-scale digital information preservation, and digital avionics. A growing interest in forensics led Mr. Wells to begin providing a suite of related services to the legal community:

  • Computer and cell phone forensics;
  • Vehicle system forensics
  • Cyber-investigations
  • Call Detail Record mapping and analysis
  • Digital evidence consulting

Mr. Wells has amassed over 1,000 hours of training in forensics and related fields. His broad and deep hands-on background with computers, coupled with extensive knowledge of how the Internet works, allows Mr. Wells to explain complex “cyber” topics in easy-to-understand ways. He has presented on forensics and cybersecurity at the local, state, and national level.

Mr. Wells holds highly-regarded certifications in computer forensics, mobile device forensics, vehicle system forensics, the law of data security and investigations, and computer, smartphone, and website security. He is a licensed private investigator in Colorado and New Mexico, and a member of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado, Colorado Society of Private Investigators, International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, High-Technology Crime Investigation Association, and Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Mr. Wells can be reached at chris@armisteadinvestigations.com.

“Mr. B,” as we’ll call him, has been associated with Armistead Investigators since 2002 and relies upon an ever-increasing variety of skills and wide-ranging experience in serving our clients. Among other assignments, he conducts surveillance and takes on difficult services of process.

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"Mr. B"

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Metropolitan State College, as well as a Paralegal Certificate from Denver Paralegal Institute. It was at MSC that, as an elective, he took Wayne Rollins’ “Detective Fiction” class and came to embrace the genre, mostly unaware that eventually he himself would come to inhabit those “mean streets.”

After editing gigs at four of Colorado’s smaller and largest daily newspapers, he replied to an “Investigator Wanted” classified, and thus set off on his latest, and last, career path. He still occasionally cracks wise and, privately, refers to cases as “capers.”

(Undoubtedly, our clients will know his name. We have withheld his name and photograph to keep it out of circulation – the fewer people who recognize him, the better his chances of achieving success in your case.)