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Our expertise

Lemire LLC assists businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in compliance, investigations, due diligence, risk mitigation, and dispute resolution.

Lemire LLC is comprised of experts—including forensic accountants, attorneys, former federal and local law enforcement investigators, analysts, and cyber professionals—each with specific experience necessary to meet our clients’ needs.

Our roster of clients includes city and state government agencies, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, real estate companies, financial institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Lemire LLC provides national and international expertise across a wide array of industries with a customized, discreet, and efficient approach.

We are a certified woman-owned business enterprise (WBE).

Our Core Team

Katherine Lemire
Katherine A. Lemire, President

The founder of Lemire LLC, Katherine A. Lemire has extensive experience advising public and private sector clients. She has managed complex investigations and provided investigative consulting services to a broad array of clients. Her work includes overseeing Lemire LLC’s role in the monitorship of a Swiss bank, the compliance review of a large construction union, the monitorship of a waste-hauling company with a history of organized crime involvement, investigation of theft and other employee misconduct for several public sector clients, investigatory due diligence conducted for government agencies, and a multitude of other complex investigations.

Previously, Ms. Lemire served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York where she investigated complex federal crimes, including allegations of public corruption, racketeering, campaign finance fraud, and other white-collar crime.  As an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Lemire led investigations targeting federal and local elected officials, high-ranking members of the U.S. military, and MWBE-related fraud at prominent public works construction sites. She also served as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where she investigated and prosecuted a broad array of criminal cases from grand jury proceedings through trial.

Ms. Lemire most recently served as Counsel to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. In that position, Ms. Lemire managed a broad portfolio of operational, legal, and managerial matters for an agency comprised of over 53,000 employees. She also served as a principal advisor to the Police Commissioner, providing advice and counsel on a wide range of sensitive matters affecting the NYPD, while overseeing management initiatives. Ms. Lemire is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Business (2017).

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David C. Burroughs, Vice President

As Vice President of Lemire LLC, Mr. Burroughs oversees complex investigations and regularly supervises teams of investigators, forensic accountants, and analysts. Mr. Burroughs has supervised the firm’s work on the monitorship of a Swiss bank, as well as the federal monitorship of a large construction union. Other investigations that he has led include an international identity theft cyber fraud scheme targeting the CEO of a prominent New York City media firm, resulting in losses in excess of $350,000, as well as an internal fraud investigation involving theft of more than $1 million in receivables at a large New York City law firm.

Mr. Burroughs joined Lemire LLC after completing a 25-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Mr. Burroughs’s career with the FBI included a broad range of assignments, culminating in his most recent position as Supervisory Special Agent assigned to the New York Special Operations Division. In that role, Mr. Burroughs managed and directed highly-sensitive investigations in support of criminal and counterterrorist operations.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Burroughs served as the lead case agent on numerous complex investigations, including matters involving white-collar crime, money laundering, and healthcare fraud. Additionally, Mr. Burroughs was responsible for managing complex racketeering (“RICO”) investigations, resulting in the successful prosecution of violent street gangs. During the course of his career, Mr. Burroughs has established successful working relationships with numerous federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including Investigator of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (2010).

Elan Parra
Elan D. Parra, Managing Director

Mr. Parra manages complex investigations and oversees analysts, investigators, and forensic accountants. Mr. Parra’s background includes a particular focus on construction industry fraud. He has overseen investigations into fraud schemes involving subcontractor kickbacks and prevailing wage violations at federally-funded construction sites in New York City. He also has supervised the inquiry into a building trade union’s improper payouts of benefits and mishandling of members’ contributions, and he has directed the MWBE fraud prevention investigatory work for a New York State government agency.

Prior to joining Lemire LLC, Mr. Parra held several high-level positions at City Hall in New York City. As the Senior Advisor for Project Management of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, he managed a billion-dollar public works portfolio, overseeing major construction and development projects throughout New York City. In his role as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, Mr. Parra and his staff were responsible for investigating and deploying resources to address quality of life issues throughout the city. He also directed logistics, including deployment of private sector contractors and multi-agency inspection teams, on behalf of City Hall in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Mr. Parra commenced his legal career as a prosecutor in New York City. He then served as an executive at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services where he oversaw several major programs and projects, including a $15 million data integration initiative.

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Amy R. Foote, Managing Director

Ms. Foote directs complex investigations and advises public agencies and private corporations on risk mitigation and governance issues.

Ms. Foote is a seasoned attorney with two decades of experience in complex and high-stakes litigation and investigations. Throughout her career, Ms. Foote has conducted investigations and represented individuals and corporations in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, governmental litigation and investigations, criminal and regulatory matters, and litigation-related business issues. She has successfully defended clients in criminal and civil matters, including matters pending before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and local law enforcement departments. Her cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, accounting fraud, agent-principal disputes, defamation, antitrust violations, employment-related claims, and intellectual property disputes. Ms. Foote has represented corporate executives, insurance and investment firms, accounting firms, and industrial companies.

Prior to joining Lemire LLC, Ms. Foote founded and managed a boutique litigation law firm based in New York City and was previously associated with the national law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. She also served as Senior Counsel to a conglomerate of international insurance entities and investment companies, supervising large-scale, complex litigation. Ms. Foote began her career as a prosecutor at the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Meryl P. Kaye, Senior Director

Ms. Kaye oversees Lemire LLC’s Research and Analysis practice. A highly-skilled professional, Ms. Kaye has more than 20 years of experience performing analytical research and field investigations, and has developed advanced skills in formulating investigative strategies, conducting research utilizing public records and financial filings, and analyzing findings to develop useful leads for further investigation. She has focused her work in areas such as litigation support, due diligence, asset searching, corporate misconduct, and financial fraud.

Prior to joining Lemire LLC, Ms. Kaye was a Principal with Cornerstone Investigations, LLC, a professional investigative firm serving legal, financial, and corporate clients. Before that, Ms. Kaye was the Director of Research for SafirRosetti (now Guidepost Solutions), a leader in the investigative and security services industry, where she was in charge of the firm’s research and business intelligence practices. In that role, Ms. Kaye oversaw complex, multifaceted assignments, including matters involving real estate fraud, insider trading, breaches of intelligence, corporate malfeasance, mergers and acquisitions, trademark infringement, and grey market/counterfeit goods. She also conducted witness interviews, as well as directed undercover and surveillance operations. Before joining SafirRosetti, Ms. Kaye held managerial positions at two global investigative firms.