The Team

IIB is staffed by a team of attorneys, inspectors, and investigative assistants/paralegals who hail from diverse personal and professional backgrounds.  All share a fundamental commitment to seeking justice.

Collectively, IIB attorneys have over fifty years of experience trying criminal and civil matters ranging from law enforcement abuse to wrongful convictions, civil rights violations, violent crimes, hate crimes, fraud, human trafficking, and public corruption offenses. They bring valuable experience garnered from their employment with the United States Department of Justice, nationally-recognized law firms, public defender organizations, and local government.  Of the many individual accomplishments and accolades earned by each attorney, the strength of IIB lies in the complementary nature of its pieces. Each attorney’s unique training and skills expands the collective knowledge and expertise of the team to address the challenges and complexities of investigating and prosecuting law enforcement misconduct.

IIB inspectors collectively bring over a century’s worth of law enforcement service and investigative experience from police departments throughout California. In fact, nearly all come to the team as standouts in their previous agencies, having held high-ranking positions of leadership such as police captain, lieutenant, and detective supervisor. Beyond their years of service and rank, each inspector also brings unique skill sets and areas of expertise to the team. For as impressive as the inspectors are individually, their collective experience, training, and commitment to service represents their biggest asset to IIB. 

IIB’s paralegals/investigative assistants round out the team with high levels of initiative, energy, and organizational skill.  They are well trained and skilled in gathering and handling important and sensitive information and are central to ensuring that IIB functions effectively and independently.

John Alden, Managing Attorney of IIB

John Alden is the Managing Attorney of the Independent Investigations Bureau ("IIB"). John joins the SFDA's Office to lead IIB after years as a prosecutor in the North Bay and as a public servant working on matters related to law enforcement accountability. John began his career as a prosecutor in the North Bay, working in Sonoma and Marin Counties from 1997 to 2003. Early in his career, he worked in the State Legislature as an Unruh Fellow. John later worked in private practice, predominantly on employee-side labor cases. 

Over the last ten years, John's legal career has focused on law enforcement oversight, working in the Internal Affairs Division (IAD) and Police Legal at the San Francisco Police Department from 2009 to 2016, and over the last two years, for the Department of Police Accountability (DPA), formerly known as the Office of Citizen Complaints. In both IAD and DPA, John worked on the investigation and prosecution of administrative disciplinary cases against SFPD officers, as well as Brady designations and related information sharing issues between our office and the police department. 

John received his law degree and bachelors degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeffrey Pailet, Lieutenant of IIB

Prior to joining the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Lieutenant Jeffrey Pailet spent over 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Public Safety. In both organizations, he rose through the ranks to become a lieutenant. He joins IIB with significant experience as an officer and supervisor in uniform patrol, crime suppression, undercover narcotics, vice, investigative counter-terrorism, and administrative units.  He has investigated, organized and supervised high profile, large-scale investigations, and worked numerous homicide and sexual assault cases. Handpicked to supervise a case widely known as the Rampart Scandal, Lieutenant Pailet oversaw a task force responsible for one of LAPD’s largest corruption investigations.

As for his current assignment with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Lieutenant Pailet comes with much experience. He previously served as one of four officers within the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division to investigate officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, and other use of force incidents.