Hi. I’m Rob Holmes.
I was raised in New Jersey in a family of private investigators where Sherlock Holmes was common bedtime fodder. At the age of 12, on my Timex Sinclair 1000, I authored an early version of PowerPoint for my 7th grade science project, introducing my entire school to their first social media experience on a 13″ B/W television with the assistance of a cassette player in 1982. This same year I began making undercover buys on the Jersey Shore boardwalks and flea markets for my father. Little did I know this was Holmes family breeding in action.
In 1989, I was the first student in our dorm with a consistent Internet connection as one of the first users of America Online and Prodigy. That same year I co-founded Willy Productions and produced short films seen all over South Jersey and Philadelphia. During the years of 1989 to 1993 I attended Bible College and was a youth leader, working with outreach groups across North America and Asia, and was a common presenter at events. I tested the political waters while in college, marching on Washington alongside the Vice President of the United States. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue standup comedy where I found employment at a premiere Intellectual Property investigative firm. Here I conducted the first ever online IP investigations and pioneered the study of the “virtual crime scene”, which is now taught worldwide by enforcement organizations, including the FBI.
In 2001, I founded my own firm, which has become known as the best of its kind in the world. My clients are a Who’s Who list of Fortune 500 companies. Throughout my career, I have been sought as an adviser to a wide range of officials and business people. I have been featured on television, books, newspapers, and magazines. I’ve been well-received as a speaker on the topic of IP Cybercrime.
Over the last 20 years, I brought my unique combination of investigative skills, cyber knowledge, media savvy, and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad. I have assisted leading companies such as Gucci, ABS-CBN, Deckers Outdoor, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Nexon, Richemont, ActivisionBlizzard, Disney, Summit Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Versace, Lifted Research Group, Famous Stars and Straps and Microsoft Corp. on a range of major landmark cases. On the political front, I have worked behind-the-scenes on a number of campaigns that have resulted in statewide election victories.
I am Founder and CEO of a cyber security firm which is known to be one of the best of its kind. Prior to that, I was employed as a private investigator at premier firms in both New York and Los Angeles. My academics began in Bible college where I originally aspired toward the ministry. It was here I honed a skill no other in his field can brag: Getting to the root of what ‘really’ lurks in the heart of an opponent, or a client.
I have been quoted in numerous publications including: the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, USA Weekend, Consumer Reports, Harper’s Bazaar, PC World, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Women’s Wear Daily, World Trademark Review, VentureBeat, Techdirt, TorrentFreak, Engadget, Kotaku, Forbes, Fortune, Complex, LA Weekly, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, New York Post, The Telegraph, Miami Herald, Las Vegas Review-Journal, San Jose Mercury News, and The Independent. He has been featured in television broadcasts on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC and a number of documentaries, books and academic papers. Mr. Holmes also lectures before law enforcement entities, academic institutions, and other professional groups.
Mr. Holmes is the author of a forthcoming book, American Knockoff, an autobiography that will chronicle his life as well as the counterfeit goods industry over the last four decades.
Rob is a private eye, funny guy, blogger, Calvinist, Freemason, Prius owner, and a Gene Hackman Fan.
I am CEO of IPCybercrime.com LLC, Editor of the blog Holmes P.I., a technical consultant, and sit on the boards of ChainLink, OneMany Inc. and a Federally-funded IPR initiative. I’m a private eye, funny guy, blogger, Calvinist, Freemason, Prius Owner, Gene Hackman fan. I currently live in Marina Del Rey, CA with my wife and three dogs.