CLARISSA or CICI McNAIR has successfully resolved cases ranging from the extremely personal to the corporate; nothing is too small or too big. Though she possesses an impressive network of colleagues, she prefers to handle cases herself. McNair has been retained by firms in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Australia, France, Italy, and Israel for assignments in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.
McNair has experience regarding:
UNUSUAL and/or PERSONAL SITUATIONS
CRIMINAL & CIVIL INVESTIGATIONS
McNair also handles MISSING PERSONS CASES, ASSET SEARCHES, CORPORATE FRAUD, DUE DILIGENCE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INVESTIGATIONS, MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES, STOLEN ART RECOVERY, and BLACKMAIL.
McNair can arrange EXECUTIVE PROTECTION and, when necessary, SURVEILLANCE.
Her work as a journalist, in radio, television and film, ensures her skill as an interviewer. She has a reputation for persuading difficult subjects and uncooperative witnesses to talk.
Cases may be resolved in a few hours or intelligence-gathering might span weeks, months, or over a year. In several instances, she has been asked for a background check of the too-good-to-be-true fiancé. On a larger scale, McNair worked on a fraud case involving the president of a country and missing money equivalent to billions of dollars.
McNair has served on many defense teams for clients charged with a range of criminal acts including homicide, rape, internet gambling, and money-laundering. She was the private investigator for Sante and Kenny Kimes from their arrest to their NYC trial for the murder of Irene Silverman. Later she was hired as consultant to the defense team when the Kimeses were tried for David Kazdin’s murder in Los Angeles.
McNair has done many intellectual property cases for internationally recognized designers and pharmaceutical companies. She has worked undercover with the FBI, the NYPD's OCID (Organized Crime Intelligence Division), the Federal Marshals, and the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York City.
McNair was a court-appointed private detective in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for five years, working on capital (death penalty) cases.
Recently, while living in Paris and Rome, McNair handled corporate fraud investigations, missing persons cases, a Bernie Madoff clawback suit, and an extortion case.
Clarissa McNair was born and grew up in Mississippi and graduated from Briarcliff College in New York with a B.A. in American history. In Toronto, McNair was a researcher for the CBC-TV documentary called Connections, the ten-hour series on organized crime which won many awards and received a standing ovation from the Canadian Parliament.
In Rome, she worked for Vatican Radio as a news writer, on-air newscaster, and producer of documentaries. She may have been the only non-Catholic at the Vatican. On weekends, McNair was the news anchor for WROM-TV.
Her contribution with Charles Hill, internationally-recognized stolen art recovery expert, to a book called THE ART BUSINESS was a chapter called Art and Crime. Hill wrote about stolen art and she wrote about intellectual property, fakes, the looting of archaeological sites, and smuggling. THE ART BUSINESS is now used as a textbook for the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London.
McNair’s writing experience ranges from all phases of script development while living in Beverly Hills to her present radio show in France. Basic Black, “vignettes of crime, scandal, and death,” is broadcast every day on World Radio Paris.
Clarissa McNair is a published novelist, memoirist, and true crime writer. (www.mcnairwrites.com and www.detectivesdontwearseatbelts.com)
A person of great curiosity, she has travelled extensively and spent time in such diverse places as Afghanistan, Haiti, the Canadian Arctic, Patagonia, and all over Africa.
Professional memberships include: THE OVERSEAS PRESS CLUB, PEN AMERICA, MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, and the FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION.
Great to work with. Having worked with Clarissa McNair for more than a decade on art crime matters, I have found her highly competent, completely trustworthy and remarkably engaging in both substance and style.
— Charles Hill
Charles Hill Art Risk
I have known Cici McNair for over 16 years and she is a skilled and intuitive person that I trust. She has the ability to deal sensibly with sensitive cross-jurisdictional matters. And, most important, she also delivers!
— Hervé Zany
Managing Director, Financial Intelligence & Processing (FIP)
Cici McNair represents the best example of an intelligent, clever, totally professional investigator. Her intuition and people skills put her at the top of the game and her loyalty and integrity make her an invaluable component to any investigative team. From beginning to end you can trust Cici to achieve success. . .
— Jerry Schmetterer
a former editor of the NY Daily News and
former spokesman for the Brooklyn
Office of the District Attorney.
He is the author of CROOKED BROOKLYN
New York, NY
With a keen understanding of human behavior, Cici McNair displays initiative, intelligence and professionalism in her assignments for us. She has excellent people skills and a quick grasp of what is needed in each investigation.
— Tom Cash
Executive Managing Director of Kroll (Miami),
a risk-consulting firm with 55 offices on six continents
Cici brings elegance to any investigation.
— Alice Byrne
President of Alice Byrne Investigations, Inc.
Brooklyn, New York
McNair firmly and quickly captured the essence and subtleties of different types of sophisticated money laundering and the U.S. laws and rules that apply to it. She brings additional value to her forensic work by her great ability to express herself very well orally and in writing.
— Charles A. Intriago
Attorney, President of Alert Global Media, Inc.,
and Publisher of Money Laundering Alert,
a Miami-based monthly publication that is
one of the world's leading authorities on
money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act
and foreign laws