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. 

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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 sexual assault cases involving young clients, as well as a variety of other investigations. 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, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Broulette can be reached at

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).