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Headquartered in California’s capitol city, Pettinato & Associates is in the perfect position to make sure that the state keeps well within the laws when it comes to administering its unclaimed property program. Pettinato & Associates is a fully licensed private investigations firm dedicated to assisting people in claiming their rightful assets being held by the State. From individuals to corporations, Pettinato & Associates is able to serve any entity that needs professional assistance, and it strives to streamline and expedite the process for the client, making the whole experience less stressful than it generally is. Pettinato & Associates endeavors to be the leader in the asset recovery industry and does so by employing the latest innovative technologies. Part of the reason Pettinato & Associates is so successful is because its staff has a deep wealth of knowledge and experience with the minutiae of claiming properties held by the state. Its team consists of a lawyer, a certified public accountant, and a former state auditor. The valuable skills embodied by the firm are especially useful for those clients who have already attempted to file for their claims on their own, but were denied. Pettinato & Associates works hard to ensure its doubly frustrated clients have a better experience the second time around, and the firm will stop at nothing to get their clients the assets that they are entitled to, even going so far as to bring legal action against the State of California to compel acquiescence with State law. Pettinato & Associates is licensed by the California Department of Consumer Affairs and is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.

Work experience

Jun 1996Present

Private Investigation

Pettinato & Associates

Scott Pettinato founded Pettinato & Associates in June 1996. His creativity in implementing solutions for recovering unclaimed property and predisposition for direct contact with clients have contributed to the company becoming one of the most successful asset recovery firms in California. Mr. Pettinato invests substantial time and resources in evaluating growth opportunities within the industry and developing technologies that continue to provide clients the highest level of service. Scott obtained his undergraduate degree in Business and Economics from St. Mary’s College. He maintains a California license with the Department of Consumer Affairs as a private investigator and is an active member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization.



McGeorge School of Law
Sep 1984May 1988


St Marys College
Sep 1984May 1988


Santa Clara University