MI:33 (formerly IPCybercrime) provides top rated consulting to law firms, corporations, high-value individuals, and their legal and security teams. Since 1982, we have been investigating physical threats and intellectual property theft and, since 1995, we have been the trailblazers in doing so with cases that begin on the Web. What sets us apart from the rest is our years of experience, track record of big wins, superior network of agents, and an unparalleled knowledge of our areas of expertise. Many private and government agencies now seek our advice and emulate our approaches. We have been involved in many of the most influential cases of our time.
In 1981 former New Jersey state trooper Bob Holmes obtained his private investigator’s license. During this time, Bob made a name for himself managing physical threats to high value targets. Namely, celebrities who were performing at the casinos in Atlantic City. Bob was a staple in this world and began to expand. 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. As soon as he could, he got his entire family involved. His pre-teen sons Rob and Jason began working for him as undercover operatives. The Holmes brothers were soon making undercover buys all over the Jersey Shore and getting paid in ice cream while father Bob Holmes made a name for himself as one of the premier detectives on the East Coast. Throughout the entire 1990s, Bob Holmes was called “Chief” on Canal Street in New York City by the vendors and his legend grew to proportions previously not imagined.
Meanwhile, in 1995, Rob Holmes (Jr.) was pursuing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and, like Micheal Corleone, found himself pulled back into the family business. Soon, Rob began working for a premiere investigation firm on the opposite coast from his father. By 2001, Rob was handling his firm’s entire Internet portfolio and decided to start his own company, The Holmes Detective Agency. Jason Holmes was in the U.S. Navy during the 90’s and stationed in Virginia, which was close enough to continue his work in New York City with his father on weekend raid days. After 9/11 Jason was reassigned to San Diego as Navy Management.
In 2004 Bob passed away and the Holmes brothers found themselves on the same coast and aching to keep the family tradition going. Then The Holmes Detective Agency became IPCybercrime, focusing on Rob and Jason‘s specialties. Intellectual Property cases and the Web. In 2007 the Holmes brothers moved their corporate headquarters to Plano, Texas, home to many major corporate headquarters including Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Bank of America Home Loans, HP Enterprise Services, Capital One, JCPenney, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Frito-Lay, Dell and Toyota. This is where IPCybercrime really began to flourish, becoming a staple in the intellectual property cybercrime space.
MI:33 – The Next Phase
In 2009, we began taking in a large number of cases related to physicals threats and information leaks. Over the next few years, our case intake for these types of cases became competitive with out Intellectual Property work. In 2014, Rob decided to return to the West Coast to head up and re-open the Los Angeles office. While the Texas office handles the company’s operations, the new California office focuses on business development. We changed the name of the company because IPCybercrime was too descriptive, in that, our portfolio was now much wider than our original specialty. Hence the non-descriptive, mysterious-sounding name MI:33. Over the last decade, our clients have been requesting non-IP services, such as threat management, data leaks, incident response, and hack prevention.