Colleen Quinn-Adams

Individuals faced with delicate personal, corporate, or legal issues deserve an experienced investigator who, through exhaustive research, will gather clear data and help them understand the findings so that they can make informed decisions. My name is Colleen Quinn-Adams, and I am a skilled investigator who is deeply committed to providing superior, individualized and compassionate services to those in need.

I have always had a strong fascination with the legal system and criminal behavior and sought to understand the criminal mind to better comprehend the motivations and circumstances behind crimes. Following my passion, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Tampa where I graduated with honors. I continued my education at Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia where I  received my Master’s Degree in Psychology. Upon returning to Tampa, I put my education and skills to use and began working as an investigator with my mother’s firm which I acquired after her retirement. As President of The Legal Investigation and Mitigation Offices of Colleen Quinn Investigations, I have provided over 30 years of service and worked on hundreds of cases in both state and federal court. My primary focus in the criminal field is capital cases involving the death penalty, but I also have extensive experience with other types of criminal cases involving serious felonies and civil cases such as insurance fraud, nursing home abuse, toxic mold cases, and motor vehicle accidents.

In addition to my work as an investigator, I have also worked with the courts in an endeavor to promote policies that would minimize the number of individuals with mental illness falling into the criminal  justice system. My work on the development of the Forensic Behavioral Health Intervention Unit pilot project for the Thirteenth Circuit Public Defenders Office is one of my most rewarding accomplishments. The program diverts individuals with serious mental health illness who commit minor offenses away from the criminal justice system and into comprehensive community-based treatment and support services. I also had the honor of attending a crisis intervention training at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office. The training was held strictly for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office personnel and focused on improving the way law enforcement respond to people experiencing mental health crises.

As an investigator, I have been called upon by radio, television and news media to give comment on high-profile cases in which I have worked.  My media appearances include Media appearances include CBS 10 WTSP, WFLA News Channel 8,, The New York Times, Seattle Times and the Tampa Tribune . Additionally, I received an acknowledgement in the book, “The Human Face of Big Data.”

Through my years as an investigator, I discovered that there are no standards for investigation which can be frustrating for the client. In order to streamline the process, I developed the CQI model which includes specific processes and procedures that are followed in each and every case. The result is a comprehensive report that is constant, thorough, organized and easily understood by clients. My goal is to ensure our work product makes the job of our client easier.

On a personal note, as a wife and mother of two active teenage boys, I have mastered the art of multitasking, time management and conflict management.  I enjoy running and exercising which gives me the mental focus and energy level needed to be a successful wife, mother, and business owner. I have always had a sympathetic and caring nature. Throughout my life, I have rescued, rehabilitated and released numerous animals in distress including a pelican, an opossum, a duck, rabbits, squirrels, birds and a pit bull puppy.  When I’m not working, you can find me spending time with my family, exercising, or cooking a new culinary creation.

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