MI:33 is run by Rob Holmes and Jason Holmes, two brothers who are second generation private eyes. The Holmes Brothers are revered worldwide as pioneers in the private investigative space, specifically when it comes to intellectual property and digital intelligence. What separates us from our competition is that all specialized work is done by the two O.G.'s in this space (*O.G. = ‘Original Gangsta'). Don't just take our word for it. Peruse our many hundreds of Academic Citations, Landmark Cases, Speaking Engagements, and Press Mentions. Despite our history, MI:33 is still a boutique firm with a hands-on, personal approach.
In 1981, former New Jersey state trooper Bob Holmes obtained his private investigator’s license. Bob first made a name for himself managing physical threats for celebrities who were performing at the casinos in Atlantic City. Shortly thereafter, he found himself assigned to intellectual property crimes. In the early 1980’s there were very few people investigating the counterfeiting of trademarked brands and Bob was on top of it.
As soon as he could, Bob Holmes got his entire family involved in his work. His pre-teen sons Rob and Jason began working for him as operatives, making undercover buys all over the Jersey Shore, getting paid in ice cream and funnel cake. Bob became one of the premier detectives on the East Coast and earned the title “Chief” on Canal Street in New York City and his legend grew to epic proportions.
Meanwhile, Rob Holmes (Jr.) was pursuing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and began working for a premiere investigation firm on the opposite coast. By 2001, Rob (Jr.) was handling his firm’s entire Internet portfolio and decided to start his own company. Jason was in the Navy during the 90’s and stationed in Virginia, which was close enough to continue his work in New York with Bob on weekend raid days. After 9/11 the Navy reassigned Jason to San Diego.
Bob passed away in 2004 and the Holmes Brothers found themselves on the same coast and aching to keep the family tradition going. Then calling their firm IPCybercrime, focused on Rob and Jason‘s specialties: Intellectual Property cases and the Web. In 2007 the Holmes Brothers moved their corporate headquarters to Plano, Texas, also home to Frito-Lay, Toyota, Cinemark Theaters, Keurig Dr Pepper, FedEx Office, Capital One, JCPenney, Siemens, and Pizza Hut.
The Transformation Into MI:33
The company began taking a large number of cases related to physical threats and information leaks around 2009. Over the next few years, their case intake for these types of cases became competitive with their Intellectual Property work. They changed the name of the company because their portfolio was now much wider than their original specialty. Hence the non-descriptive, mysterious-sounding name MI:33 (click here if you are curious as to what it means). Over the last decade, MI:33's clients have been requesting threat mitigation and due diligence in addition to their Intellectual Property work.