H. Ellis Armistead CLI

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.



Jennifer Brown 

Jennifer Brown is the managing investigator at Armistead Investigators. She has conducted hundreds of investigations for attorneys throughout the United States. Ms. Brown specializes in criminal defense and has worked on behalf of clients facing everything from simple misdemeanors to the death penalty. She is an experienced investigator who also provides consulting services to attorneys and other investigators.

Ms. Brown earned her BA from Colorado State University and a JD from the University of South Dakota School of Law. She began her career as a staffer for a high-profile United States Senator in Washington, DC, before working at a prominent trade association. She returned to Colorado and began her investigative career working for Ellis Armistead, who trained her in the art and science of legal investigations. Ms. Brown went on to form her own investigative business, which she operated for ten years. In 2018, she returned to Armistead Investigators, where she is training and mentoring newer investigators while continuing to assist attorneys in defending their clients.

Ms. Brown is a Certified Legal Investigator who has published many articles of interest to investigators in several industry periodicals. She is a frequent presenter and instructor in many areas of investigations, and has spoken to groups around the country. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators and the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado. She is licensed in Colorado, and can accept state and federal court appointments.

Ms. Brown can be reached at jennifer@armisteadinvestigations.com


Rachel Roberts CLI

Rachel Roberts is a senior investigator at Armistead Investigators. She has worked a wide variety of state and federal misdemeanor and felony criminal defense cases ranging from complex sexual assault to white-collar financial crime. Rachel has investigative experience in all stages of proceedings, from before the filing of charges to post-conviction relief. She is adept with computer-assisted reporting techniques and utilizes these skills for sentencing by conducting proportionality reviews and shooting and editing mitigation films.

Rachel graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Prior to joining Armistead Investigators, she 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.

Rachel is a Certified Legal Investigator, a highly regarded credential conferred upon those who pass rigorous written and oral examinations in civil and criminal law. She has also completed the certification for Criminal Defense Investigations through The Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. Rachel is the Vice President of Membership for the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado and a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators.

Rachel can be reached at rachel@armisteadinvestigations.com.


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 member of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado and National Association of Legal Investigators. 

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,

Ms. Micheau can be reached at brande@armisteadinvestigations.com.

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Courtney Broulette

Courtney Broulette joined Armistead Investigators in 2017. She became a licensed private investigator in 2018 and is a member of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado. Courtney is a Denver native who graduated with honors from Arapahoe High School. She found a passion for criminal justice and journalism while studying at Colorado State University and decided to pursue them as a career.

Courtney was hired on to the Armistead team eager to get an early start in her career. Ms. Broulette has received specialized training in sexual assault investigations from a defense perspective and participates in ongoing training provided by Armistead Investigators. She has also earned her certificate in Self Defense Training where she learned close quarters combat, psychology of defense, scenario training, strikes, and escapes. She has begun taking classes to enhance her knowledge of firearms.

Courtney specializes in working cases with young clients and/or witnesses. She is also an accomplished photographer, videographer, and digital editor who makes those talents available to Armistead’s clients. Courtney is proud to have a job that makes a difference in people's lives.

In her free time, Courtney loves traveling, volunteering with local organizations, writing articles for her blog, hiking in the mountains, exploring the best coffee shops in Denver, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Broulette can be reached at courtney@armisteadinvestigations.com.


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


“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.

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.)

Office Pups


Meet Rue and Jax our office pups! They help relieve our stress when we're working on cases, and keep us company.


Rue is an avid squirrel hunter while Jax prefers to awaits belly rubs from each person who enters the office.