Trace Lawless began his career in the public sector in 1980. He now has more than 34 years of experience in the fields of fire service, law enforcement, and fire and explosion investigations. Trace is a graduate of the National Fire Academy, as well as the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in the areas of fire origin and cause determination and investigations. Additionally, he has attended fire investigation courses around the United States, including Federal agencies, in the following areas: origin and cause investigation, evidence collection and preservation, explosive devices, post-blast investigations, motor vehicle fire investigation, ATF accelerant detection canine and courtroom testimony.
Trace is a Certified Fire Investigator and Evidence Collection Tech. with the International Association of Arson Investigators, a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator with the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Trace currently holds the position of Director and Training and Education Chair with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and is Past President of Ohio Chapter IAAI.
After 27 years the public sector, he worked independent private investigator until joining Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Special Investigations in 2014.