The Best In The Business

Here at Nautilus Investigations, we believe that our well-rounded, experienced staff is second to none. Every member of our investigative staff is licensed as a private investigator and employed full time by us, and several staff members are dually licensed as Independent All Lines Claims Adjusters. All of our personnel are cross-trained to handle a variety of casework, and regularly attend admiralty and intellectual property rights seminars and symposiums, along with industry-wide training courses and continuing education. Our investigators and adjusters have all testified as witnesses on various subjects and cases, and we handle each and every case with the expectation that court testimony will be required on our behalf.

Glenn Kutner Founder & President

Licensed Private Investigator

Glenn Kutner founded Nautilus Investigations in the early 1970’s. During the firm’s formative years, Glenn began investigating cases involving injuries and deaths of longshoremen. He boarded freighters, tankers and cruise ships, assisting protection and indemnity clubs in their defense of passenger claims and Jones Act seaman cases. Investigation of virtually every kind of marine casualty would follow over the next few years.  Glenn has become widely recognized as an expert in maritime investigations, and in July of 2004, he was featured on the History Channel’s “Deep Sea Detective” series, providing insight and commentary on the sinking of the vessel “QUEEN OF NASSAU.”

Since 1982, Glenn and Nautilus Investigations have regularly and successfully conducted Intellectual Property Rights investigations. Widely recognized by industry and law enforcement as an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) expert, Glenn regularly speaks on IPR issues and delivers training presentations to various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including U.S. Customs. Glenn and Nautilus Investigations have received letters of commendation and appreciation from many of those agencies, including U.S. Customs, for joint efforts with regard to prosecution of counterfeiters.

Glenn has been active in and associated with a wide range of organizations over the decades, and is currently a proud member of the Ft. Lauderdale Mariner’s Club. Among other titles, Glenn previously served as Chairman of the Private Investigation, Recovery and Security Advisory Council, appointed by the Florida Secretary of State.

Further credentials and supporting details can be provided upon request.

Karen Songdahl

Licensed Private Investigator & Licensed Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster

Karen Songdahl has played a vital role with Nautilus Investigations since 1990. She is licensed as both a Private Investigator and an Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster. With Karen’s many years of experience with Nautilus Investigations, she has daily interaction with clients worldwide. Karen can be reached at any time to discuss new and current matters.

Karen is an avid boater and water-sports enthusiast which has served her well with matters involving maritime claims. She has handled thousands of maritime claims throughout the United States and Caribbean. As a licensed Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster, Karen adjusts and negotiates settlement of claims. She is actively involved in the mitigation of medical invoices and manages the distribution of Maintenance & Cure benefits. Karen attends mediations on behalf of insurers who provide her settlement authority.

Karen acts on behalf of trademark and copyright owners in efforts to protect their Intellectual Property Rights. She’s been involved in hundreds of trademark and copyright enforcement actions to include civil seizures and local, state and federal criminal enforcement actions. She has testified in local, state and federal courts and has pursued restitution from defendants on behalf of trademark and copyright owners. Karen has spoken on behalf of trademark and copyright owners at several United States Customs training seminars as well as local and state law enforcement gatherings.

Karen is also a Licensed Notary Public.

Further credentials and supporting details can be provided upon request.

Lazaro Alfonso

Licensed Private Investigator

Lazaro Alfonso has served as a vital member of the Nautilus Investigations team since 2007. In his role as a Private Investigator for Nautilus Investigations, Lazaro has successfully recovered many stolen boats, all across the Caribbean and in Mexico, and handled hundreds of other maritime claims throughout the United States, Caribbean, Central and South America. Lazaro has developed a relationship with Mexican authorities that has resulted in the seizure of stolen vessels in the possession of known criminals and repatriation of those vessels to the United States. Lazaro can be reached at any time to discuss new and current matters.

A Licensed Private Investigator in the State of Florida since 2006, prior to joining Nautilus Investigations, Lazaro served as a City of Miami Police Officer for 25 years, including 10 years with the Marine Patrol division. Lazaro participated in many trainings and assignments during his career including Police Diver, various specialized marine related courses, and as a plain clothes officer working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) as part of a specialized task force investigating marine related thefts by an organized group operating in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama. This extensive range of training and experience has proven invaluable to the Nautilus team.

Lazaro also acts on behalf of trademark and copyright owners in efforts to protect their Intellectual Property Rights. He has been involved in many trademark and copyright enforcement actions to include civil seizures and local, state and federal criminal enforcement actions.

Lazaro speaks fluent Spanish.

Further credentials and supporting details can be provided upon request.

Milton “Mickey” Elwood Brelsford III

Licensed Private Investigator & Licensed Merchant Marine Officer

Milton “Mickey” Elwood Brelsford III has served as a Private Investigator for Nautilus Investigations since 2008. During that time, Mickey has investigated admiralty claims involving vessel-related accidents, deaths, sinkings, fires and thefts throughout Florida, Mexico, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Mickey can be reached at any time to discuss new and current matters.

Mickey possesses a rich and diverse range of experience in law enforcement, private investigation and various seafaring- and marine-related capacities. He served in various capacities with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 30 years, including Detective Sergeant. In 1997, Mickey was named Marine Patrol Unit Commander, and was soon cross-designated as a U.S. Customs & Immigration Federal Officer. During his 30 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department, Mickey received recommendations and awards from several local, State and Federal Maritime Law Enforcement Agencies.

In 2005, Mickey became a Licensed Merchant Marine Officer, and from 2005 through 2007, he also served as a Private Yacht Captain, operating a 47-foot Sport motor yacht with quadruple 300 horsepower outboard motors from Key Largo, Florida to Montauk, New York.

Mickey has made several court appearances as an expert witness. He is devoted to continual learning and education, and augments his vast experience by regularly attending a wide range of courses, seminars and symposiums.

Further credentials and supporting details can be provided upon request.

Judy Maslow

Licensed Private Investigator & Licensed Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster

Judy has been a key a member of the Nautilus Investigations team since 2008. She is licensed as both a Private Investigator and an Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster. Throughout Judy’s many years of experience with Nautilus Investigations, she has interacted daily with clients worldwide. Judy can be reached at any time to discuss new and current matters.

Judy’s investigative experience is extensive and varied, and includes recovering stolen boats, vessel inspections, site inspections, background checks, surveillance, crew member and passenger injury claims. As a licensed Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster Judy adjusts and negotiates settlement of medical bills and attends mediations on behalf of insurers who provide her settlement authority. She is also actively involved in managing the distribution of Maintenance & Cure benefits for injured Crew Members on behalf of Insurers.

Judy also acts on behalf trademark owners and copyright owners in efforts to protect their Intellectual Property Rights. She has been involved hundreds of enforcement actions to include the surrender and seizure of countless trademark and copyright infringing goods and local, state and federal civil and criminal actions. She also coordinates and assists law enforcement in enforcing Intellectual Property Rights statutes and laws.

Judy is also a Licensed Notary Public.

Further credentials and supporting details can be provided upon request.

Tracie Kutner-Merwitzer

Licensed Private Investigator/Licensed Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster

Over the years Tracie has worked in a variety of capacities for Nautilus Investigations. In August of 2013 she rejoined the company, renewed her Private Investigator License and quickly obtained her Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster license. Tracie can be reached at any time to discuss new and current matters.

Born in Miami, Tracie has been on the water all her life. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1992 and Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling in 1995 from the University of Florida. Tracie has found a new application for the skills she obtained and developed as a counselor in her capacities as a licensed Private Investigator and licensed Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster.Throughout her life, Tracie has handled a variety of maritime claims throughout the United States and Caribbean.

As a licensed Independent All Lines Claims Adjuster, Tracie adjusts and negotiates settlement of claims. She is involved in the mitigation of medical invoices and manages the distribution of Maintenance & Cure benefits and can attend mediations on behalf of insurers who provide her settlement authority.

Tracie acts on behalf of trademark and copyright owners in efforts to protect their Intellectual Property Rights. She’s been involved in a variety of trademark and copyright enforcement actions to include civil seizures and enforcement actions.

Tracie is also a licensed Notary Public.

Further credentials and supporting details can be provided upon request.

Annedy Mitchell

Administrative Professional

Annedy Mitchell is an important and integral part of the Nautilus Investigations team. She is the Administrative Professional who often initially communicates with our clients. Annedy came to us with 20 years of experience from the airline cargo industry where she held supervisory positions in customer service, cargo sales and cargo handling of both import and export freight. Her experience has included the in-house documentation and investigation of cargo thefts and claims, and mitigation of United States Customs fines. She has been responsible for maintaining a close working relationship with various governmental and federal agencies, the coordination and assistance of law enforcement agencies during in-house undercover drug operations, investigations and seizures.

As our Administrative Professional, Annedy performs a varied array of administrative functions to include the processing of information on new files and, many times, is the first point of contact with our clients. She provides administrative support to our Investigators and Claims Adjusters and is fluent in Spanish and English. Annedy is quick to assist with short deadlines and crisis situations.

Annedy is a State of Florida Licensed Notary Public.

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