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Gratias Investigations


Since 1971, Gratias Investigations Inc. has been assisting attorneys, corporations, and individuals in preparation for a wide range of criminal and civil cases. 




Our full time staff of Investigators have over eighty years of combined experience and have worked over 40,000 cases. 


Located on the top floor of the Insurance Exchange Building in downtown Des Moines, our investigators work cases across Iowa and the Midwest handling both State and Federal cases.

Criminal Defense
Service of Process
Civil Investigation
Skip Tracing
Deposition Video
Domestic Affairs
Video Editing


Gordon Gratias

Gordon secured his private investigator license in 1971 after working for another PI for two years. He was the co-founder and past President of the Iowa Association of Private Investigators and was the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee for seven years. He has over 45 years of experience investigating criminal and civil case across the country at the state and federal level. 

Scott Gratias

Scott received his Private Investigators license in 1989 and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1991 with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology. Scott is a member of the Iowa Association of Private Investigators and a member of The Academy of Private Investigators.  Scott has over 30 years of experience and specializes in criminal defense investigation and criminal and civil backgrounds.

Wendy Young

Wendy has worked at Gratias Investigations Inc. since 2002.  Wendy is the Office Manager and a certified legal assistant. She assists with investigations and manages all process services. 

Ali Ney

Ali started as an investigator working for the Missouri Department of Corrections in 2014. She then moved on to work for the Missouri Public Defender’s office in the Post Conviction Relief division. She obtained her Private Investigators License in 2018 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Northern Iowa.

Tom Person

Tom began his investigative career after spending four years working intelligence assignments in the United States Air Force. His expertise extends to civil and criminal casework where he has conducted surveillance operations, background checks, skip tracing, and witness interviews. Tom specializes in criminal defense and spent three years working for the State Public Defender Office.

David Hindman

David obtained his Private Investigators License in 2022 after graduating from University of Northern Iowa. He has a degree in Digital Media and specializes in video editing and production.


Phone: (515) 244-9817

Fax: (515) 244-9818


Our Address:

Insurance Exchange Building
505 Fifth Ave. Suite 1050
Des Moines, IA 50309



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