Norman A. Traub & Associates LLC
Workplace Investigations
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Benjamin Stauffer, ESQ

California Licensed Private Investigators and Attorneys



Attorney/Investigator, California Bar #256275, Nevada Bar #11465

Professional experience

Mr. Stauffer specializes in workplace investigations and the review of workplace investigations and/or imposed discipline to ensure they are conducted in a manner that is confidential, complete and within the confines of the law to limit liability.

Government Experience:

Mr. Stauffer spent 31 years with the Garden Grove Police Department, having retired in December of 2016 at the rank of Captain. He worked his way through a variety of assignments, starting out as a dispatcher. He has experience in various units within the Department starting as professional staff and then spending the majority of his career as a sworn member of the Department.

Always actively involved in the collective bargaining and association representation of his fellow employees, as he rose through the ranks, this involvement continued at the sergeant, lieutenant and ultimately captain level. As a result, Mr. Stauffer has extensive experience in representing the Department and employees from both sides of the table during collective bargaining, workplace investigations and the resulting mediation and arbitration hearings that are often necessary in such matters.

Mr. Stauffer has experience at the managerial level working as the SWAT Commander, Personnel and Internal Affairs Commander, Public Information Officer and ultimately as the Captain in charge of Records, Dispatch, Investigations and Property and Evidence. In those roles, he has been tasked to sit on use of force review panels and to complete and later review the internal investigations of the Department. During his tenure, Mr. Stauffer completed the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) training course.


  • Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

  • Juris Degree, Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa

  • Admitted to the California and Nevada Bars in 2008 and 2009 respectively


During his employment with the City of Garden Grove, Mr. Stauffer also worked part-time for Lexipol. Mr. Stauffer reviewed and updated policies and wrote training materials utilized in the daily training of the public safety employees whose agencies were customers. Mr. Stauffer trained with Gordon Graham and Bruce Praet during his career to stay up on the latest trends in liability and preventing those predictable liabilities we routinely see in public safety settings.

Since retiring from police work, Mr. Stauffer has been representing pilots in actions against their licenses by the FAA. He has also been teaching classes on aviation law and aviation policy and legislation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Stauffer also prepares estate planning documents for his clients. He continues to stay abreast of workplace issues in public safety and government, regularly attending continuing legal education on internal affairs, collective bargaining, workplace investigations and hostile work environment concerns.