About John E. Gusdonevich, Jr.

After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976, I was employed as a Safety Officer for a Pittsburgh psychiatric hospital conducting investigations of thefts, accidents and assaults along with performing various security related tasks.


I continued my investigative journey in 1979 as a staff investigator for (at that time) the largest investigative agency in w. PA. The company provided services to the insurance industry and defense counsel for worker's compensation and third party insurance claims along with background and pre-employment investigations. After parting company in 1982, I worked as a subcontractor for four Pittsburgh based investigative agencies handling plaintiff / defense personal injury and worker's compensation investigations.


In 1984 I started my own investigative business providing services primarily to the plaintiff's bar in Allegheny County and w. PA. I handled motor vehicle, products liability, fire (not cause and origin), highway defect, slip, trip and fall cases, dog bite, general background, pre-employment and criminal defense investigations, Estate cases, located defendants, witnesses and assets along with service of process and surveillance services. 


In 1987 I accepted a position as a field investigator for a large personal injury law firm in Pittsburgh and traveled extensively in w. PA conducting personal injury investigations and interviewing prospective clients. A year later I was promoted to Chief Investigator and, as the firm grew, I supervised a growing number of field investigators (up to over one dozen) and managed the course and scope of the firm's large caseload of active investigations. I worked closely with the litigation staff to make sure we had the bases covered for our trial cases and once in a while, I still managed to get out into the field to handle motor vehicle accidents (usually the fatals), defective highway and product liability investigations.


In 1995 I started Gusdonevich and Associates Investigative Services by offering a variety of services to attorneys, the business community and the general public. The work has taken us across the country and occasionally, overseas. Please review this website for more details of what we have to offer.


I have been a proud member of NALI, the National Association of Legal Investigators since 1985 and a member of PALI, the Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators since 2007. I am licensed and bonded within the provisions of the PA Private Detective Act, Allegheny County license # 440.


On a personal note, I have studied three styles of Japanese karate over the last 45 plus years and currently hold the rank of San-dan (3rd degree black belt) in Shoto-Kan karate. When not getting bruised and battered in karate class, I can be found birding, target shooting, practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan or engaged in some very amateur astronomy. I have a profound weakness for travel in Africa and have had the joy of being briefly (but delightfully) shipwrecked in Antarctica, charged by an elephant in Kenya, and having lived warm and comfortably in a series of igloos during two dog sled excursions across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic.