Mike Dores – Featured Presenter at 2016 World Investigators Conference

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September 9, 2016 – Montgomery, Texas

All-Day Pre-Conference Training Seminar – How to Find Anyone Anywhere

mike-doresMichael Dores was the founder and president of Merlin Information Services and has been a California licensed private investigator since 1981 and a Montana PI since 2008. Mike was one of the database pioneers who revolutionized the industry by offering public record information on CD-ROM, giving investigators more access to data than ever before. He continues to champion professional investigators’ rights to access this data.  

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Mike Dores (Moderator & Panel Expert): Skip Tracing & Data for Process Servers

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ServeCon 2015

The Online Conference for Process Servers
March 26th & 27th

Panel: Skip Tracing & Data for Process Servers
Friday, March 27 at 12:30 PM PST / 3:30 PM EST

Panel Experts: Mike Dores, Neil Caddell, Amanda DuPont, Robert Scott

Want to know how to be a better skip tracer? How process servers should be using data to execute service? How to use commercial databases to effectively locate people? And, how to make skip tracing a profit center? Panel Moderator Mike Dores has performed over 50,000 skip traces in his career. He knows how to find people and he knows the tools available. Mike will be joined by data experts to answer these questions and discuss tools, techniques and the business of skip tracing.

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Mike Dores

Mike Dores Investigations

Mike is a licensed investigation agency that specializes in low-cost, high volume skiptracing. Mike Dores Investigations’ clients are primarily collection agencies, debt buyers, collection attorneys, private investigators and process serving companies.

Mike has been a licensed Private Investigator since 1981. He has personally conducted over 50,000 skiptrace assignments. Based on his need to inexpensively and quickly locate people, Mike was one of the first to make public records available on CD-ROM. In 1991 he formed Merlin Information Services for the purpose of distributing public records on CD-ROM to collection agencies and investigators. This new access to low-cost data, searchable in ways never before possible, revolutionized how collection agencies and investigators did skiptracing. In 1997, Merlin expanded to offering national databases on the Internet.

Mike sold Merlin in July, 2012 and opened Mike Dores Investigations in April 2013. Mike Dores Investigations, much like Mike’s original investigation agency, specializes in high volume skiptracing and location of place of employment and bank accounts. Mike Dores Investigations also has a team of skiptracers that specialize in difficult to locate individuals. Mike currently supervises 15,000 – 20,000 place of employment and skiptrace assignments each month.

Mike has conducted dozens of one-hour to three-hour skiptracing seminars over the years and regularly speaks at PI, Collections and Attorney Service conferences.

Neil Caddell

Neil Caddell

Manager–Specialized Risk, Licensed Investigator

Neil has worked as a Licensed Private Investigator for over 20 years in Florida and New York, and has extensive management experience in his field. He has served on major investigations and insurance boards, and is a member of TALI, FALI and many other country-wide investigator groups.

Amanda DuPont

Amanda DuPont

Thomson Reuters Public Records Product Specialist

Amanda DuPont has over 16 years of professional experience in the legal industry and is a highly experienced investigative researcher and speaker. She is a licensed attorney and practiced law in Minneapolis for over eight years where she represented businesses in all types of legal advising roles – from class action litigation work to contracts and negotiations. Since joining Thomson Reuters in 2006, she has held roles in the company’s Sales and Account Management division where she has worked with every segment of Thomson Reuters’ customer base on investigative/research based solutions from small law firms to global law firms to corporations to government agencies. In her current role as Public Records Product Specialist, Amanda works closely with both corporate commercial customers as well as Thomson Reuters New Product Development team to help develop innovative solutions in the public records arena, including Thomson Reuters’ flagship product CLEAR. Amanda holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. Amanda is based out of Minneapolis, MN.

Robert Scott

Robert Scott

Founder and CEO / California Licensed P.I.
Skip Smasher, Inc.

Robert Scott is a Los Angeles-based licensed private investigator, author, and information entrepreneur. He is the creator and CEO of SkipSmasher.com, one of the top skiptracing/investigative data websites in the United States. Started in 2004, Skip Smasher is the only top data service that is currently owned and operated by a licensed private investigator.

He also operates several open source websites for investigation including BlackBookOnline.info — a top free public records search engine that maintains over 35,000 free lookups and is used by nearly 3 million people per year.

Prior to launching Skip Smasher, he worked as a private investigator specializing in difficult locates and wrote the best-selling reference books “The Investigator’s Little Black Book” and “The Skiptracer’s Little Black Book”.

Mike Dores Guest Speaker at CAJP (California Association of Judgment Professionals) 2014 Annual Conference – October 11th

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CAJP (California Association of Judgment Professionals) 2014 Annual Conference

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Mike Dores

Mike Dores Presents: Skiptracing Tips and Techniques for Judgment Professionals

Michael Dores has been a licensed Private Investigator since 1981 and has personally conducted over 50,000 skiptrace assignments. Mike gained nationwide notoriety as the founder of Merlin Information Services, which he owned from 1991 to 2012. In this session, Mike will cover the various types of information databases available, the best ways to conduct searches and analysis of the results.

Saturday, October 11, 2014; October 11-12, 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm; San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, 1740 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95112 – (408) 793-3300

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Tracing the Skip Interview with Mike Dores tomorrow at 10am MST on PI’s Declassified, hosted by Francie Koehler | VoiceAmerica™

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Be sure to listen in tomorrow at 10am MST on PI’s Declassified, hosted by Francie Koehler.  Private Investigator Michael “Mike” Dores has spent over 30 years tracking people and he is skilled in both the techniques and the laws surrounding the process.  Tune in to hear expert skiptracer Mike Dores talk about how skiptracing has changed during his career and provide suggestions, tips and techniques to trace the skip.


Skiptracing for the Legal Professional – A free skiptracing seminar on September 17th, 9:00am-12:00pm

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Skiptracing for the Legal Professional
A free skiptracing seminar with Mike Dores, Licensed MT and CA PI and his skiptracing team.

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Location: MDI, 220 S Complex Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901
View event details and RSVP:  call toll free (855) 321-4960

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Mike Dores


Mike Dores has been a Skiptracer and licensed Private Investigator since 1981. He is widely acknowledged as an industry expert, conducting seminars and speaking at investigative and collections industry conferences about how to effectively use public record to locate people. Mike has personally conducted or supervised over fifty thousand skip trace assignments, mostly on behalf of other investigators, skiptracers, process servers, collection agencies, attorneys, insurance companies and other investigators.




Guest Speaker Mike Dores at the PACES (Process Servers Association of Colorado) Conference

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Mike Dores

Mike Dores

PROCESS SERVERS: We are excited to announce MDI’s own Mike Dores will be a guest speaker at this year’s PACES (Process Servers Association of Colorado) Conference in Denver, Colorado on April 26th! The 2014 and 2nd Annual PACES Conference in Denver, Colorado will prove to be one of the most educational events of the year for professional process servers. This day-long event will feature industry expert speakers that will have an immediate impact on the way you run your process serving business.

To Learn more about the event: http://psaco.org/calendar/paces-conference/

Full Circle

Mike Dores Company History

I first learned to skiptrace in 1975. My toolbox included a used IBM Selectric typewriter, a phone (landline), a set of Southern California Haines Criss-Cross Directories and a microfiche reader. In 1985, I purchased my first computer, a Compaq Deskpro ($10,000 with a 10mb hard drive!).  We sprung for a microfiche reader/copier in 1987, dramatically increasing our efficiency. My small skiptracing business went online to use CDB Infotek in 1986 and Prentice-Hall shortly thereafter. At that point, we were as automated as anybody in the business. Most of my customers were process servers and law firms. Along with two skiptracers and a clerk, we closed 200-300 skiptrace assignment per month for $50-$75 per hit, with no charge for a “no-hit”.

In 1990, I bought my first skiptracing database on CD-ROM, The PhoneDisc, a national phone directory searchable by name only. It cost $2000 a year with quarterly updates. The paradigm shift was beginning  — we had unlimited access to a national database with names, addresses and phone numbers.  This was truly a breakthrough. The fact that a large database of phone records could be stored and retrieved from a CD-ROM led me to think “Why not put corporations, UCCs or court indexes on CD-ROM?”  In October, 1991, we formed Merlin Information Services and created several California public record CD-ROMs that revolutionized the way skiptracers in California searched information.

We sold our skiptracing business to our employees and moved the CD-ROM database business to Kalispell, Montana in 1994. In 1997, we published our first website, www.merlindata.com, and slowly moved from California CD-ROMs to a national online public record company.  We sold Merlin in 2012 and opened Mike Dores Investigations in April of 2013.  We’re now back where we started in 1981, a whole lot smarter and a little bit older

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