Innovation, Insight & Experience
Tribù’s founders apply decades of legal and investigative experience to delivering
tools and services that advance employers’ most critical mandate:
maintaining a respectful, productive, and safe workplace.
Rebecca A. Speer, Esq.
A former litigator, Rebecca Speer left big-firm practice more than two decades ago and launched a niche firm dedicated to helping clients stay ahead of problems. She took a constructive and preventive approach to brewing workplace disputes and employee misconduct, developing a widely-recognized expertise in two specialty areas: independent workplace investigations, and corporate threat management. Through the years, Ms. Speer has developed trusted relationships with top employers across industries, providing services with a singular mission: enabling clients to expertly manage internal disputes and to adeptly address, and prevent, employee misconduct.
With Tribù, Ms. Speer brings an added focus to clients’ internal investigations, applying her expertise to empower clients – through tools, advice, and support – to expertly conduct investigations and to develop important systems and processes that surround that work.
- With an emphasis on allegations affecting senior and executive management, Ms. Speer has performed hundreds of independent investigations for corporate employers across industries, for professional services firms, and for educational institutions. She regularly works with executive management, in-house counsel, outside law firms, and boards of directors to deliver first-rate services in the investigations context.
- Ms. Speer serves as an expert witness and has adeptly testified about her investigations in the deposition and arbitration settings.
- She participates as a member of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators, comprised of attorney-investigators at the height of the profession who have worked together to establish a Code of Ethics and committed themselves to advancing the practice of independent investigations.
- As a nationally-recognized expert in workplace threat management, Ms. Speer has testified before Congress, contributed to ground-breaking work by the FBI, and worked with local law enforcement on critical incident response. In 2011, she chaired a successful national effort by SHRM and ASIS International to develop an American National Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention. She has worked with large organizations to implement structured workplace violence prevention programs.
- Ms. Speer served on the Technical Committee assembled by ASIS to develop an American National Standard on Investigations. She has spoken widely, in a variety of forums, about investigations and employee-relations practices more generally.
Education and Professional Activities
Ms. Speer is a graduate of Stanford University and the Santa Clara University School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review and as an intern to the California Supreme Court.
A member of the State Bar of California, Ms. Speer belongs to the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and local bar associations, as well as to professional organizations in the areas of Compliance, Security, and Human Resources. Ms. Speer began her career at Morrison & Foerster and Seyfarth Shaw.
Elizabeth W. Gramigna, Esq.
As a practitioner in the field of labor and employment law for nearly thirty years, Beth Gramigna founded a niche practice approximately fifteen years ago focused on preventing workplace harassment and discrimination by offering specialized professional services tailored to individualized client needs. Her extensive experience includes third-party independent investigations, workplace training, mediation, counseling, and expert witness testimony in matters involving employee relations.
- Ms. Gramigna has been on the forefront of the law of workplace investigations, having conducted hundreds of independent investigations of allegations of workplace misconduct. She has investigated the conduct of board members, executives, politicians, police officers, and other employees in both the private and public sector.
- Through the implementation of specifically designed programs involving mediation, coaching, and team-building, Ms. Gramigna has facilitated the resolution of workplace conflict, with proven results, and successfully helped clients cultivate greater respect and civility in the workplace.
- She has served as an expert witness to testify about the adequacy of workplace investigations, preventative measures, and the remedial efforts utilized by employers to address employee misconduct.
- Ms. Gramigna has been appointed several times to serve as a full-time faculty member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, a five-day intensive program for professionals who conduct investigations. She has taught in Canada, Connecticut, and Maryland.
- She has presented seminars and programs on compliance, ethics, and discrimination for the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and several other professional associations, including AWI and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Education and Professional Activities
Ms. Gramigna received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Industrial Relations from Rider University. She also has earned a designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the United States District Court District of New Jersey, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
An active member of both the American and the New Jersey State Bar Associations, Ms. Gramigna co-chairs the Ad Hoc Committee of the Labor & Employment Law section of the state Bar Association. She also belongs to the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, where she serves on the Board of Directors and co-chairs the Grants & Charitable Giving Committee.
Ms. Gramigna is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). She also belongs to the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI), an organization comprised of attorney-investigators, and contributed to the creation and publication of SIWI’s Code of Ethics for Workplace Investigators.
Ms. Gramigna serves as a passionate volunteer for Durga Tree International, a non-profit organization working to end human trafficking through education and empowerment. She also has represented children as Guardian Ad Litem in the New Jersey courts, and she has provided pro bono representation to parents in state-initiated termination of parental rights proceedings.