From the beginning, the Fairfax Group was recognized as the “go to” firm for particularly sensitive and complex investigative, security and crises management problems. One of our first clients, General Electric, retained the Fairfax Group on a trade secret issue that resulted in criminal convictions, a significant civil settlement and front page story in the Wall Street Journal.
From a staff of one, operating in a small basement office in Fairfax, Virginia, the Fairfax Group soon grew to a global presence with 15 domestic and overseas offices. Recruiting from the upper ranks of government and business, the Fairfax Group built a staff of professionals with expertise in virtually every business sector.
By 1995, our Providence, Rhode Island office was managed by the former Governor of Rhode Island. In New York, Stan Lupkin, the former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation headed Fairfax operations in New York City. Our personnel came from organizations ranging from KPMG to the CIA, from Scotland Yard to Pfizer.
Governments ranging from India, the Philippines, Chile, Malaysia and Bangladesh have retained the Fairfax Group to work on high level corruption issues, which in some cases led to a change in government.
In 1997, the Fairfax Group merged with Decision Strategies, a firm headquartered in New York City, and led by the former head of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. The name of the new company became DSFX. With corporate headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, DSFX expanded its number of offices and personnel and came to be recognized by industry experts as one of the top three firms in the global risk mitigation business.
On February 14, 2001 DSFX was acquired by one of its clients, SPX, a New York Stock Exchange listed, multibillion dollar, multi-industry company, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with worldwide operations. Michael Hershman remained as chairman of DSFX within the new corporate structure. Using this new business platform, DSFX grew both organically, and through acquisition, to gain even greater market share.
In late 2006, after having left SPX, Michael Hershman re-established the Fairfax Group, which is once again headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia, and is now continuing its long history of recognized leadership in risk mitigation.
Today, the Fairfax Group, through its staff and consultants network, has reach in more than 90 countries.