Investigator

Scott Suzuki-Jones

I went to college with the intention of becoming a history professor.  In 1991, I was introduced to Ian Mattoch.  In the course of our conversation, Ian offered me a position with the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch and the rest, as they say, is history.

Historical research and legal investigation are essentially the same thing.  Both require identifying, collecting and preserving physical evidence, documentation, and witness testimony.  The job of a good investigator, like a good historian, is to reconstruct a complicated event so it can be explained rationally and accurately and the truth made known.

A big part of my job is to generate supporting evidence.  This includes matters as straight forward as obtaining tape recorded witness statements, police reports, signed affidavits, property damage photographs and surveillance videos.  Other complicated tasks include producing scale diagrams of accident scenes that show how accidents occurred.  Such a project can involve hours, even days of taking measurements, mathematical computations, and intricate drafting so that a finished diagram clearly and accurately depicts what really happened and becomes a convincing piece of evidence to be used in out-of-court negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, as well as at the time of trial.

2011 marks my 20th year with the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch.  I thrive on making a difference in a difficult case.  The client is the underdog  Frequently that person’s life has been terribly disrupted, ruined, and even ended.  While I know my work cannot restore life, limb or well-being, a good investigation can result in successful legal outcome for a client’s case.  I am proud of that.