We provide a higher-end service for select clientele who require exceptional performance and confidentiality.

• High-Level Physical Surveillance on Persons of Concern 

• Background Investigations and Social Media Research

• Investigative Services & Concealed Armed Security

Our signature service is the highly regarded ...

Elite Physical Surveillance Team

24/7 Rapid Response for Priority Clients

(Above) A physical surveillance team operative secures video evidence of a celebrity stalker in Los Angeles violating a Temporary Restraining Order.

For 20 years my long term surveillance teams and I have conducted hundreds of sensitive threat related physical surveillances and investigations without compromising any of those cases. I personally field supervise each assignment to ensure the case is worked ethically, efficiently and effectively.   - Mike Wolivar, Team Leader

Please contact Mike Wolivar if you would like us as a partner on your Threat Management Team. We provide our partners with a rapid response in emergency threat situations. 

Elite Surveillance Team operatives conduct counter-surveillance on a client in the black Suburban who is traveling to Staples Center in Los Angeles. The client was under serious threat from a resourceful person whose whereabouts were not known.

"I have used Mike Wolivar and his surveillance teams for over six years on multiple cases, to include high profile and sensitive assignments. Mike and his team have always excelled at meeting surveillance objectives and confidentiality. I strongly recommend him for any surveillance needs."

- Scott Nelson, Ret. Deputy Asst. Director of FBI / Former VP of Security for Warner Bros.

Choosing a Physical Surveillance Provider for Threat Management

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Licensed Private Investigator • Insured • Established 1995 • 21-Years of Client Confidentiality • Clients include Major Universities, High-Net-Worth Families, Fortune 100 Companies, Major Insurance Cos & TPA's to include Sedgwick Claims Management and Gallagher Bassett Services

Our Government Services Team includes former Marine Corps and U.S. Navy SEALs, retired Law Enforcement, three retired FBI Special Agents, a retired CIA Officer and a CIA Analyst.

Member of Association of Threat Assessment Professionals •

Los Angeles Chapter

After we conducted an undercover operation, a suspect was located, and one of our undercover operatives paid the suspect cash in exchange for high profile Marvel figurines that had not yet been released to the public. A surveillance team operative secured the video evidence.

The Safe-MonitorAssess™ program is provided specifically for Threat Management Teams. We can effectively and discreetly monitor a Person of Concern 24/7 and provide real time observations to the TMT so up to date assessments can be made.

To support our field operations, we use proprietary databases, sophisticated social media search engines and maintain accounts with the Department of Motor Vehicles.


1901 Avenue Of The Stars

Los Angeles, CA 90067

(888) 965-4827


What most differentiates us from the few competitors providing high-level physical surveillance is that the members of our surveillance team. All team members have time tested solid integrity; exceptional tailing skills; strong work ethic; all have over eleven years of full-time (important) private sector physical surveillance experience; a competitive passion for excellence and are likely the highest paid surveillance operatives in the industry. They are without question the best and brightest, and give our clients the best odds of successfully completing the assignment.

A lawful and successful approach to mobile surveillance requires innovation and modern technology. We spend on lawful technology that increases our success to accomplish the mission.

One tool we use is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also known as a drone. An expert in UAV regulations supervises any usage.

We comply with all privacy laws and standard rules to include never video recording a person when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Mike Wolivar


Mike Wolivar has been the owner and manager of Wolivar & Associates, Inc. for over 20 years, employing up to fourteen surveillance-operatives and investigators. He has also conducted and supervised multiple high stakes litigation investigations, national political research-investigations and sensitive private sector physical surveillances.


He has been used by top trial attorneys and general counsel on several high profile litigation cases – which includes a 100 million dollar lawsuit in Los Angeles County – to successfully obtain hard to find evidence and secure cooperation from reluctant witnesses. His evidentiary successes has helped win favorable multi-million dollar settlements for clients.

Mike has a solid history for being able to identify and recruit the most talented and effective security and investigative practitioners. For over 20 years, Mike and his select associates have confidentially provided security and investigative solutions on numerous challenging high threat cases.


"I worked with Mike Wolivar on a patent infringement lawsuit. He was cost conscious, always kept the end goals in mind, and more important than anything else, he was able to deliver results using creative investigative techniques. He was superb. I highly recommend him."

- Alok G., General Counsel / Member of ACC

Mike Wolivar (left); Dave Snowden, then Beverly Hills Police Chief; Jim Norman (far right), retired FBI S.A. and former Lead Investigator on the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Government Services Group 

Certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business / NAICS Code: 561611; 611430

Certified State of California Small Business / Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise

Registered Vendor with University of California and California State University 

We have put quality veterans to work as surveillance operatives since 1995. If you are interested in surveillance related work and are a veteran with exceptional driving skills, street smarts, a strong work ethic and uncompromising integrity, please send us an email: info@wolivar.com

Bill V. / Instructor-Consultant / former U.S. Navy SEAL (UDT-11/Team FIVE) and ret. FBI Special Agent

During his service as an FBI S.A., Bill has worked as a member and instructor for the High Value Detainee Group (HIG). He has also spent 15 years working international terrorism cases and five years assigned to to the Central Intelligence Agency conducting source operations.

Bill has multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and the greater Middle East where he conducted numerous interviews of a wide variety of terrorist entities including core al-Qaeda, ISIS and Taliban leadership. He has significant experience as an instructor to law enforcement and military organizations.

Bill currently has a Top Secret clearance. 

Bob D. / Instructor-Consultant / retired CIA Operations Officer

Bob retired after 26 years of service with the Central Intelligence Agency. He served 23 of those years "in the field"; the Middle East, Europe, South America, Central America and the U.S. He developed and managed HUMINT operations on counter-terrorism.

Bob has served as Lead Instructor for HUMINT and CT Training for the U.S. Special Operations Forces and law enforcement. Bob is a subject matter expert on the following: Small Team Surveillance Operations; Surveillance Detection Routes (SDR); Advanced Special Operations Techniques (ASOT); Field Tradecraft Source (FTS); Advanced Foreign Counter-Intelligence Operations (AFCIO); Advanced Military Operations Course (AMOC); and surveillance and counter-surveillance; domestic and overseas counter-intelligence and HUMINT collection specialist training. 

If you are a government or private sector organization that is interested in using Bob's customized training classes, please contact Mike Wolivar for his contact information.

Bob currently has a Top Secret clearance. 

Mike S. / Investigator / ret. FBI Special Agent

Mike is a retired FBI Special Agent and worked 21 years in the West Los Angeles FBI Office. He has over 29 years combined experience in accounting and White Collar Crime Investigations. Mike also has significant investigative experience in securities and corporate fraud, investment fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, healthcare fraud and mail/wire schemes. He has served as an auditor of the FBI Undercover and Sensitive Operations Program. 

Mike is an expert in conducting background investigations.

Mike currently has a Secret clearance.

Sarah M., Ph.D. / Research & Background / former CIA Analyst

Sarah previously worked at a New York based intelligence and security company that assists corporations and high-net worth individuals in countering internal and external threats.

Prior to joining the New York based company, Sarah served as an analyst and manager for the Central Intelligence Agency, where she authored a wide range of products - including the President's Daily Brief - on critical foreign policy issues, providing context and identifying risk and opportunities for senior U.S. policymakers, military commanders and diplomats.

While at the CIA, she also was a counterintelligence analyst focused on techniques for validating sources; particularly in high-conflict areas like the Middle East. Sarah has a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the University of Texas with a concentration in econometrics.

Information Security

All client and case information is stored off line; not on a server. Secured apps such as Signal are used to communicate as necessary with our clients and among staff. Additionally, the Need-To-Know rule is strictly followed and only information necessary for the surveillance operatives to conduct their work is provided to them; client names are not provided.

Signal is a free phone app that allows you to make calls and to send messages, images or video. Your communications are end-to-end encrypted, meaning they can only be read by your intended recipients. Signal keeps only your phone number and profile information. Its servers do not access or store your transmitted data, and you can configure the service to delete messages from your phone automatically at certain time intervals.
You can read Signal’s privacy policy here: https://whispersystems.org/signal/privacy/
Download the app here: https://whispersystems.org/

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