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About Gavin de Becker & Associates

Our clients have designed this firm. It is built to respond to their needs, and thus, it is always growing and changing. We have services today that none of us ever imagined 36 years ago; by the same token, we have resources today that would have seemed like science fiction back then.

Gavin de Becker & Associates is a very unusual firm. Our clients are a wide-ranging group: media figures, government agencies (including the U.S. Marshals Service and the Central Intelligence Agency), media companies, universities, giant corporations, cities, police departments, cultural figures, religious leaders, champion athletes, politicians, battered women’s shelters, and children’s schools. Clients include the world’s most famous and the world’s most anonymous.

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Exceptional Training of Our People

The training of our protectors includes areas you might imagine, such as emergency driving, but also areas you probably never considered, like jet evacuation techniques developed on-board aircraft simulators that actually fill with smoke. All our protectors are trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED).  They are trained in CPR and first aid, of course — though most firms can’t say that. (Actually, they can say anything.) We also train our staff in CPR for infants. How can firms whose clients have infants justify their lack of this training?

If you ever work with another firm, ask them to show you their training material, and see if they can produce any original material at all. Ask to see the actual personnel files with documentation showing what training each person received (if any) – and prepare to be disappointed.

Then there is the matter of readiness: Our people are in the best physical condition of any private security agency or law enforcement agency in the world bar none, and our regular and random Physical Fitness and Readiness Tests ensure they stay that way. How can firms claiming to offer high level security services deploy people who are out of shape, or otherwise unready for the job?

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What Others Say

“There's no equal to Gavin and his operation.”

William Mattman
U.S. Secret Service (1967-1980)

“All of us would hope that someday there will not be a need for the type of services you and your staff offer, but until then, nobody does it better!”

Michael Cantrell
Executive Director Corporate Security
Sony Pictures (1991-2001)

“Your skill, knowledge and unparalleled expertise in this area were a tremendous contribution to this case for which I am deeply grateful.”

Marcia Clark
Deputy District Attorney for the trial of
Assassin Robert Bardo, 1991

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Executive Biographies

Gavin de Becker

Gavin de Becker

Gavin de Becker is our Nation’s best-known expert on the prediction and management of violence. His work has earned him three... More >

Michael LaFever

Michael LaFever

As President of Gavin de Becker & Associates, Michael LaFever is responsible for the overall management of our 520-member consulting... More >

Joshua Dessalines

Joshua Dessalines

As Executive Vice President at Gavin de Becker & Associates, Joshua Dessalines is responsible for the management of all Protective... More >

Joshua Gausman

Joshua Gausman

As Chief Operating Officer, Josh oversees our Threat Assessment and Management Division, our Information Security Division, and our... More >

Jeffrey W. Marquart

Jeffrey W. Marquart

As Executive Vice President of Gavin de Becker & Associates, Jeff directs all service divisions of our 520-member consulting firm,... More >

Robert Martin

Robert Martin

During his 28-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department, Robert Martin directed several of the Department’s most important... More >

Ellen Prystajko

Ellen Prystajko

Ellen has personally assessed and managed thousands of cases of inappropriate pursuit, threats, and harassment, including situations... More >

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor

Tom joined our firm after decades as a Nationally recognized expert in public figure protection.  He served four years as President of... More >

Note: Given that information on this page might be viewed by the general public, many senior members of the firm are not identified here.  Biographical information on all associates is immediately available to clients upon request.