President and CEO, Ms. Yocum oversees the day to day operations of the firm. She also oversees the state-of-the-art research department, ensuring the company maintains its cutting edge in fact gathering information systems. Ms. Yocum’s Bachelor of Science degree is in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting and Finance. While in law school she passed the Certified Public Accountant examination. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 1987 from Nebraska College of Law and moved to California to begin her career. Prior to joining Gailey Associates, Inc., Ms. Yocum was a partner in a local law firm and operated a computer consulting business specializing in assisting law firms in automating the entire office.
Ms. Yocum focuses on workplace investigations concerning allegations of harassment and discrimination as well as possible misconduct by employees such as embezzlement, fraud and theft. She also conducts elder abuse investigations and has interviewed hundreds of caregivers over the years. Her many years of trial experience give her unique expertise in conducting investigations to provide the utmost in support for cases in litigation and pre-litigation as well as accurate, admissible evidence. Her accounting and legal background have honed her analytical skills to enable her to analyze data and provide concise, accurate reports.
As an attorney, she represented clients in insurance, products liability, premises liability, medical malpractice and business litigation matters. This diverse background enables Ms. Yocum to efficiently distill even the most complex issues to focus the investigation in a results-oriented manner. Having taken cases to trial, Ms. Yocum understands the litigation and trial process and can quickly understand the information an attorney may need to obtain from a witness in conducting an interview.
Ms. Yocum is a member of the State Bar of California, a licensed private investigator and member of the California Association of Workplace Investigators, the Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the University of Nebraska Alumni Association.