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Event Overview

Join us on Saturday, September 7, 2024, for the Newly Licensed Investigator Training & Education (NLITE), the cornerstone of CALI’s Professional Development Program. This comprehensive introductory course is essential for every new licensee aspiring to build a successful career as a Private Investigator in California.

NLITE offers a deep dive into the profession, covering everything from starting and operating a PI business to understanding the crucial laws and ethical considerations. Participants will gain practical knowledge and tools vital for thriving as a Private Investigator and business owner.

Training Outline

  • Starting Your PI Business
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • California PI Laws, Practices and Problems
  • Attorney-Client and Work Product Privilege
  • Licensing Issues & Firearms
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Contracting for Investigators
  • Report Writing & Testifying


Who Should Attend NLITE


This training is open to all new licensees in California. You do not need to be a CALI member to attend. We define a "new licensee" as anyone who has obtained a California PI license within 24 months prior to the training. Additionally, we welcome licensed out-of-state investigators with less than two years of experience.

Seats are limited. Register today to secure your spot!


When: Saturday, September 7, 2024


Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County Hotel
3131 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 557-3000

(subject to change)
8:30 am – 9:00 am  Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 4:30 pm  NLITE

Meet the Speakers

Frank W. Huntington, III, CPI
CALI President and
Past Chairman of the Board

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Frank received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento in 1986. Shortly thereafter, he began working for a licensed private investigator and in 1992 obtained his own license. Frank specializes in criminal and civil investigations and is a certified professional investigator. Frank served as the CALI Chairman of the Board from 2010 through 2020 and currently is the Association President. He has served as the Legislative Day Chair since 2009. He is the proud recipient of the 2013 CALI Presidential Award, the 2015 Legislative Excellence Award, and in 2017, received the Distinguished Achievement Award.

Francie Koehler, CPI, CLI, CCDI
CALI Government Affairs Chair
and Past President

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Francie Koehler has been conducting civil and criminal investigations since 1985. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Koehler provides investigative services for attorneys from the private and public sector. As a licensed private investigator in California, her chief investigative focus is pre-trial and post-conviction criminal defense for both juvenile and adult defendants. Ms. Koehler is committed to the growth of the investigator profession and is an active member of both state and national associations. Her company, Special Circumstances, provides a variety of investigative services ranging from background searches, field investigations, pre-trial preparation to post-trial convictions.

Ms. Koehler’s cases have received attention from both television and print media. The TV show, Unsolved Mysteries, covered one of her cases. Crime authors Val McDermid and Anne Rule both wrote separately on two of Koehler’s cases. She can also be found weekly as host for PI’s Declassified! on Voice America Variety. The show is an internationally recognized internet radio program, designed to profile the role of the private investigator in the legal system.

Ms. Koehler is a past president of the National Council of Investigation & Security Services and of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by both organizations for her work, she serves on their legislation committees and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills concerning PI’s. She chairs CALI’s Government Affairs Committee and formerly chaired the same committee for the National Association of Legal Investigators. Ms. Kohler has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. She holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, World Association of Detectives and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Also, Ms. Kohler works with the Innocence Project and is a Certified Conflict Mediator.

Chris Reynolds
CALI Past President

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Chris Reynolds has been licensed as a Private Investigator in the State of California since 1979. After an apprenticeship working in a small law firm, Mr. Reynolds became, at 23 years old, one of the youngest licensed private investigators in California history. Since 1980, Mr. Reynolds has provided investigative services to civil and criminal defense attorneys. Since 1984, the firm has handled complex workplace investigations for businesses, governmental agencies, and school districts. Workplace investigations include sexual harassment, discrimination of all types, testing irregularities, embezzlement, fraud, confidential board of trustee matters, and other personnel-related issues. The firm has investigated over 900 workplace matters throughout California. Mr. Reynolds provides ongoing training and seminars to school districts and private businesses related to sexual harassment and discrimination.

Mr. Reynolds is the only four-term President of CALI and he has served on the Board of Directors for seventeen years. Mr. Reynolds has been honored by CALI with the following awards:

February 2007:  CALI Investigator of the Year Award for achievements that resulted in a dismissal and an acquittal of two defendants charged with first-degree murder (separate cases).

March 2009:  CALI Legislative Excellence Award for work performed for CALI on legislative matters impacting the industry.

June 2014:  CALI Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA) for Mr. Reynolds overall achievements with CALI and the industry. The DAA is the most prestigious and significant award a member can earn.

NLITE is designed for all new licensees in California. Membership in CALI is not required for attendance. Eligibility includes any Private Investigator who obtained their California PI license within 24 months prior to the training date. Out-of-state investigators with less than two years of experience are also welcome.

Registration Fee
$100 for Members
$140 for Non-Members

The registration fee includes complimentary self-parking, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Please note that all registrations are subject to PI license verification and approval.

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Courtesy Hotel Room Block
CALI has arranged a courtesy room block for NLITE attendees at the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County Hotel. Please click here to book your hotel room reservation and receive the discounted group rate of $159 plus tax. The rate includes parking for one vehicle per night. We recommend booking early to take advantage of the discounted group rate.

Special Accommodations
If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to participate in the training, please email the CALI office at or call 949-715-5401 to discuss your accessibility needs. Please allow as much advance notice as possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.

Registration Refund And Cancelation Policy
Requests for registration cancelations must be submitted in writing to on or before August 16, 2024, and are subject to a $25 administrative fee. No refunds for cancelations received after August 16, 2024, and no refunds for no-show registrants will be issued.

NLITE Membership Discount

Participating in NLITE imposes no obligation on you to join CALI. However, if you decide to join, your first year’s membership dues would be at the Special NLITE rate of $150. Regular annual Active membership dues are $249.00. This NLITE discount is available to new members only and is not retroactive for current members.

If you have questions regarding the NLITE registration criteria, please email Shannon Tulloss, Newly Licensed Investigator Training & Education Committee Chair.

Become an NLITE Sponsor
For sponsorship opportunities, please email Maria Lagunas for information or call 949-715-5401.