A Very Private Eye (AVPE) is a state-licensed investigative agency staffed by state-licensed Central Florida Private Investigators who have been subjected to intensive screening prior to employment. The staff brings a diverse representation of experience to AVPE.  They are led by a former Federal Agent and military veteran who returned to his hometown of Orlando to become a Central Florida Private Investigator.

AVPE specializes in litigation support and due diligence inquiries. AVPE offers progressive solutions to meet clients’ needs, including those in the areas of family, liability and commercial law.  AVPE has, over the years, built a strong and trusted reputation throughout the local legal and business community. Numerous attorney and judge references are available upon request.

The quality of our work product is unmatched by the majority of the competitors in the markets that we serve. The AVPE staff is a proven commodity and is prepared to complete your assignment with professionalism, integrity, and the utmost consideration to your needs.

*Before hiring a Central Florida private investigator and agency, you should always verify their licenses at the Division of Licensing (at the following link):


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Office: 407.273.6646

Fax: 866.687.8880

Mailing address:

3936 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 487

Orlando, FL 32822

Service Areas: All of Florida


FL Agency License: A 2900131


Oliver W. “Ollie” Phipps is a University of Central Florida graduate and former U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent. He has been in the investigation industry for over 35 years. During his four years with OSI, Ollie served with detachments in Austin, Texas, Manila, Philippines, and Cocoa Beach, Florida. While the OSI was responsible for major investigations into crime and counter-intelligence, Ollie specialized in fraud inquiries. He worked cases with all the federal law enforcement agencies and many state and local ones as well.

As a Florida state-licensed Private Investigator, Ollie supervised and conducted a variety of investigations, specializing in litigation support and surveillance.  In his work for law firms, he focuses on family, commercial, liability and intellectual property.  He has performed hundreds of domestic and disability cases, often featuring video evidence. Ollie has also completed numerous background and asset research projects, discharged accident investigations, directed due diligence examinations and carried out undercover work in a variety of matters.

While living abroad between 1990 and 2001, Ollie was a manger and partner of American Security Systems International, Inc., an investigative firm based in Asia.  They offered due diligence and intellectual property protection inquiries and enforcement services. Long-term clients include Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Omega, Cartier, and Adidas.

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AVPE’s investigative staff is prepared to provide competent and thorough support to the legal community by collecting targeted, probative, admissible evidence. AVPE is prepared to assist you in your case preparation and testimony.

Why choose AVPE?

  • The chief investigator is an affiliate member of the Orange County Bar Association and attends many seminars to stay current on case law and practices.
  • AVPE has years of experience conducting litigation-support cases in a variety of legal matters.
  • AVPE can provide an extensive listing of attorney clients and judiciary member references.

AVPE adheres to the strictest possible code of ethics in all investigations. Chapter 493 F.S. legislates confidentiality and professionalism in the conduct of licensed inquiries.

Investigators are trained and educated on traditional methods and current investigative trends.

AVPE has experience supporting litigation involving commercial or transactional disputes, family matters, liability issues, intellectual property, and insurance fraud.

  • Asset searches and judgment recovery
  • Records research and retrieval
  • Proprietary data-based resources utilization
  • Witness location and interviewing
  • Covert video surveillance
  • Recorded and written statements
  • Incident/Accident scene investigations
  • Sub rosa work

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Personal relationships are a sensitive area for many clients.  Members of the investigative staff are compassionate and sensitive towards the needs of both the client and the case at hand.  Professionalism allows AVPE to maintain objectivity and make calm assessments on behalf of all clients.

Why choose A Very Private Eye?

  • We only have a two hour minimum on fieldwork (for many other agencies, the minimum is four)
  • Surveillance is our specialty and we customize our coverage schedule and research scope according to our clients’ needs, in respect of the budget
  • We routinely work hand-in-hand with clients’ legal counsel to ensure our efforts are targeted toward relevant evidence
  • Our Chief Investigator is a former Federal Agent, holds a Psychology degree and has decades of experience as a Private Investigator


AVPE clients are guaranteed discreet and professional investigations.  Indeed, Florida law governing licensed agencies mandates it!  In some instances, clients simply want peace of mind.  In other cases, infidelity can play a part in the client’s legal strategy.  There may be issues of harassment, neglect, abuse, dissipation of marital assets, etc.  Staff members are available to assist, any time, any day.  No matter what the circumstances, clients can be assured of one thing: AVPE will find the truth!

Parenting Plan (Timesharing / Child custody / Visitation)

AVPE’s proven methods are designed to assist clients in establishing the facts necessary to design or modify a parenting plan or custody.  Are there questionable individuals in the presence of the children?  Are the kids being left home alone for a time?  Is the visitation being supervised, as required?  Is the parent intoxicated or driving recklessly when with the children?  AVPE will work with your attorney to specifically manage your case in a way that will guarantee maximum effectiveness.

Child Support

It is somewhat common that one side or the other will want to know how much the other party is earning, as it relates to the support amount.  Sometimes child support is petitioned to be modified.  In both instances, AVPE can utilize specialized research and fieldwork to help establish what the real story is about the subject’s income/source.

Check-A-Mate / Check-A-Date

Before you commit, ensure you know to whom and what you are committing!  Too often a client contacts us after they have found themselves in a bad relationship.  Then they want to know background information on the other individual.  It’s a lot easier, less stressful, and cheaper to commission us before things get serious.  AVPE will help you make an informed decision through proprietary research.  It can tell us about criminal or driving history or derogatory information such as liens, judgments, bankruptcies, evictions, and foreclosures.  We can also backstop what the other individual is telling you about their past, such as work experience or educational accomplishments.  Discretion is maintained at all times for the protection and privacy of AVPE clients.

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AVPE is prepared to assist clients in gaining market share and insulating client businesses against potentially devastating liability. AVPE professional investigators can assist with these and other problems with the following services:

Asset Research and Debtor Location

Asset research can reveal tangible assets, such as property and vehicles, and financial holdings, such as bank and portfolio accounts. AVPE can assist in tracking down debtor individuals and firms.

Fact-Finding and Due Diligence

The investigative staff is thoroughly experienced in the research and intelligence-gathering methods necessary to help ensure you have the basis for sound decision-making.

Competitive Intelligence

Does your success hinge upon staying one step ahead of the competition? AVPE has the proper sources and methods necessary to keep you informed of your rivals’ activities.

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Employee Misconduct Investigations

Avoid the pitfalls of privacy concerns! AVPE is pleased to offer discreet and aggressive internal investigations for business clients. We can provide undercover agents to assist in ferreting out ongoing fraud or embezzlement. We have closely affiliated specialists, such as a forensic accountant, a polygrapher, and a digital forensics expert, that can be called in when necessary. We will handle these matters for you, and leave you free to focus on the business at hand, your business.

Pre-Employment Screening

Elude the downsides of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)! Shrinkage, loss, and workplace violence can be mitigated and often prevented through proper employee screening.  Our staff will prepare a background check package tailored to your needs. Offerings may include criminal, civil, and financial searches, as well as a detailed verification of references, work history, education and driving history.

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Are you being bugged? Ensure the privacy of your communications by contracting AVPE to do an electronic sweep of your home, business, car, airplane, or yacht. On the staff of AVPE is a former government wiretap expert who can find those video or listening devices for you. A room or telephone can be bugged for as little as $50 from parts purchased at an electronics store.

Digital Forensics (computers, cellphones & tablets)

Need to find out who your employee/partner/child is communicating with? Need to know what has been typed or what sites have been visited? AVPE has a closely affiliated digital forensic examiner who can recover texts, deleted files, track internet and email usage, and uncover other potential items of interest or liabilities on your digital devices.

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“Oliver is a consummate professional whose eye for detail is second to none in my opinion. He is sharp, ever willing to adapt to changes if circumstances demand it and always quick off the block when situations warrant it. Always thinking out of the box he was arguably one of the best that I had the pleasure of engaging in my career. Oliver loves what he does and that is reflected in the quality of work produced and the years he had spent honing that set of skills. I have no hesitation in recommending Oliver to all who require his services.”                                                                                                            Cheow Wee, Lawyer, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thank you again for the extraordinary work AVPE and your team did on the earlier case.  The way in which your team quickly adapted and started on the case was appreciated.  I was also totally impressed with your team’s knowledge of the area, fantastic appreciation of advanced surveillance techniques and, most importantly, your ability to work with me and follow a subject off and on for two months without detection, over long distances and time.  Your professional work made my corporation look great.  That’s why I retained AVPE more recently to conduct extensive background, including tasks in south Florida.  I commend you for the performance of your in-house team and an extensive network of quality investigators throughout the state.”
– Jeffery Brose, Corporate President, Brose, Lindsey & Associates Investigations, Inc.
“I first met Ollie when we were both members of the Rotary Club of Orlando.  When I decided to start my Human Resources Consulting Practice, I never considered using anyone other than Ollie for pre-employment background checks for my clients.  Ollie is quick, thorough,  responsive,  focused on his clients and is a delight to work with.  He is a great teacher and always takes the time to review reports if needed.  I wholeheartedly recommend Ollie and his staff.”
Pam Ison, President, Ison Consulting Group, LLC    
I approached Ollie at AVPE to provide covert video surveillance in a child custody case.  Within two days of my contacting AVPE, on the very first day of work, Ollie captured conclusive video evidence of the subject working (when the latter maintained in court that he was not employed).  This was important to the case and valuable to our legal team.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend AVPE for anyone’s investigative needs!
– M.F., Winter Park, Florida
In 2017, I first commissioned AVPE, a fellow member of a national investigative association, to conduct financial research on a subject in which my law firm was interested.  This resulted in AVPE identifying the location of nearly $20,000 in assets.  Until June 2019, my firm hired AVPE to research financial assets in eight other cases.  Often this revealed unknown accounts and details which were valuable to our litigation.  My firm looks forward to doing additional business with AVPE!     
Edward Michael Simon, Chief Investigator
Chuck Bretz & Associates, P.C. [metro Chicago], IL
Oliver and the team at AVPE are a benchmark for discretion & professionalism and have supreme competence in the field of private investigation. The investigator that was assigned to our [my] case was experienced and attentive to our [my] needs, and we [I] always knew we [I] could pick up the phone and get a hold of them, or Oliver and his management team at all times. When EVERYTHING is on the line things need to be done right the first time, AVPE needs to be your first call.”
– Dennis L., President/C.E.O. of Night Auditors
Thank you very much for the very professional job and reports and thanks for minimizing the expenses.”
– TAV Investigations, New York City
I contacted AVPE to carry out surveillance to collect evidence in a post-divorce matter.  Ollie and his associates at AVPE worked effectively, over many months, and procured the necessary background information and videography.  As a result of AVPE’s and a local PI’s findings, the court upheld my motion to terminate alimony payments, which was the main purpose of the investigation.  I heartily recommend AVPE to a prospective client that needs assistance in a family law situation.”
– T.R., Mobile, Alabama
I contacted AVPE to carry out surveillance to collect evidence in what was essentially a parental kidnapping case.  Ollie and his colleague worked tirelessly, around the clock, over a long weekend, and obtained the necessary information and photography and liaised with my out-of-state attorney.  The police requested a sworn written statement from Ollie and, as a result, a warrant was signed by a judge on a Sunday night.  A SWAT team police executed the warrant, arrested the offending adult and my child was returned to me.  My son and I are grateful for the professional and dedicated support provided by Ollie and his team at AVPE!
– B.D., San Francisco, California
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AVPE and its employees support the following fine organizations:

Rotary Club of Orlando