Asset searches, Due diligence, Fraud investigations, Legal investigations, Financial investigations

Charles Griffin Intelligence was founded in 2009 by Philip Segal, a New York attorney and expert on complex international financial transactions. Based in the heart of New York City and working worldwide, Charles Griffin is dedicated to ethical fact-finding.

Why We Are Different

If you ask us for information that is easy to get but illegal to obtain, we will tell you we can't get it, and why. Unlike some investigative firms, Charles Griffin is headed by a lawyer who has the same ethical restrictions on what he can do as our attorney clients. At the same time, we believe that the legal training and long history of business and financial reporting that informs our work can bring to our clients a level of sophisticated fact finding that is hard to match in most of our competitors. Finally, our boutique size saves clients money, but we are transparent about what things cost. Unlike what some websites promise, there is no such thing as a comprehensive nationwide criminal background check for $69. We explain why searching records on-site and on-line costs what it does.

Managing Member: Philip Segal

Charles Griffin is headed by Philip Segal, a New York attorney with extensive experience in corporate investigations in the U.S. for AmLaw 100 law firms and Fortune 100 companies. Segal worked previously as a case manager for the James Mintz Group in New York and as North American Partner and General Counsel for GPW, a British business intelligence firm. Prior to becoming an attorney, Segal was the Finance Editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal, and worked as a journalist in five countries over 19 years with a specialization in finance. In 2012, he was named by Lawline as one of the top 40 lawyers furthering legal education.  Segal has also been a guest speaker at Columbia University on investigating complex international financing structures, and taught a seminar on Asian economics as a Freeman Scholar at Indiana University. He is the author of the book, The Art of Fact Investigation: Creative Thinking in the Age of Information Overload (Ignaz Press, 2016). He lectures widely on fact investigation and ethics to bar associations across the United States.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association (Sections on Litigation and Family Law)
  • Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club (Life Member and Past President)


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD, 2006
  • Yale Law School, MSL, 2004
  • Columbia University, BA Economic Geography, 1984