Avery & Associates

About Our Investigators


He specializes in Criminal Investigations and Criminal Defense Investigations, and he has been approved by the Santa Clara County Independent Defense Counsel Office (IDO). However, he has years of experience and conducts all types of investigative services! 

Licensed Private Investigator - Qualified Manager / Retired San Jose Police Police Officer and Detective / Honorable Discharged US Army Military Police Officer and Investigator.

Todd Frank Gonzalez Lobdell is the President and CEO of Avery & Associates. He is a retired San Jose Police Officer / Detective with over 32 years of combined experience in the Field of Military Law Enforcement and Investigations, Civilian Law Enforcement and Investigations, and in the Private Sector as a Uniformed Security Guard, Undercover Security Agent, Licensed Private Investigator, and Private Criminal Defense Investigator.

He was a Police Officer and Detective in the City of San Jose, and San Jose College District  for over 23 years. He worked City Patrol, Campus Patrol, Personnel and Training, Reserve Training Officer, Field Training Officer, Gang Detective and MERGE (SWAT) Intelligence Detective.  He has investigated hundreds of Gang Crimes, Homicides, Shootings, Stabbings, Assault wit a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated and Simple Assaults, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assaults, Kidnappings, Missing Persons and more.

He is currently a Private Criminal Defense Investigator for the Santa Clara County Independent Defense Counsel Office (IDO).

He has been Certified as an Instructor on the Parolee Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) by the California Department of Corrections and taught many classes on Database Systems, Gangs, Crime Prevention and Investigative Techniques.

He has been certified by Santa Clara County Superior Court as an expert on Gangs, Narcotics and Firearms.  He has numerous Letters of Commendation and was also awarded a Life Saving Medal from the San Jose Police Department for saving a rape victim from a suspect armed with a knife.

He was also a Campus Police Officer  and Detective with the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Police for over 4 years. At the College PD, he patrolled the campus and conducted investigations. He was also the Court Liaison Officer, and the Administrator and Trainer for the District Wide Alarm System.

He was a Military Police Officer in the United States Army Reserve for 6 years, and he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, and an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army.

​In the private sector he worked as a Private Security Guard with Gilson Security in San Jose, an Undercover Security Investigator for Brentway Markets in San Jose, and a Licensed Private Investigator with Lobdell & Tomlinson Investigations, Advanced Professional Investigations, and Cooke and Associates in Gilroy, California.

He graduated from the San Jose Police Academy in San Jose, California and received the "Top Academic Award" for the highest GPA in his class. He also graduated from the United States Army Military Police Academy at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He also graduated from  the San Jose Police Investigators Academy, the San Jose Police MERGE (SWAT) Hand Gun School, and the San Jose Police Pistol and Shotgun School.

He majored in Administration of Justice at West Valley College in Saratoga, California, and he has attended numerous advanced officer courses and seminars in law enforcement and investigations. He has numerous Certificates of Training and Commendations.

He is of Puerto Rican decent and lived and went to High School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a result, he speaks, reads and writes in English and Spanish.

For Todd's Resume / CV, click here!