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177 Bovet Rd
Sixth Floor
San Mateo CA 94402-3116
USA
phone: (650) 548-1120
fax: 650-636-9285
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Brian A. Sullivan, CPA/ABV, CVA, CBA, CFE, CMAP, is a Forensic Accountant and Business Valuation specialist in the Food and Beverage Industry. He is one of few accountants with multiple accreditations (including CPA/ABV and CVA), as well as a background in forensic accounting and business valuation.

Mr. Sullivan integrates accounting and auditing knowledge with investigative skills gained from more than 30 years of practical business experience resolving financial disputes, including breach of contract, embezzlement, fraud, personal injury, and shareholder disputes.

Mr. Sullivan's work as director of business valuation at a national investment firm allows him an operational discipline and understanding of how business is done. He has with numerous industries throughout the West Coast with an emphasis in Valuation of Logistics and Supply Chains in the food and beverage industry.

Areas of Consulting Expertise:
  • Investment Banking - Sell Side / Buy Side
  • Capital Formation
  • Market Intelligence
  • Litigation Support
  • Valuation of Middle Market Businesses
  • Tax Planning and Compliance
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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF
    2017 CA - CPA of the Year
    Los Angeles CA USA
    phone: 818-631-3192
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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of Forensic Accounting, Intellectual Property Economic Damages, Royalty Audits, and General Economic Damages. 2017 California CPA of the Year & 2012 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year

    Mr. Blum is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA. As a world leading Royalty Auditor and Risk Advisor, he has deep knowledge of Georgia-Pacific factors and other major influencers on reasonable royalty rates for patent litigation. He led the national royalty audit practices for Big 4 firms Ernst & Young and KPMG where he also wrote the global methodologies for both firms. He is one of five members of the Board of Regents with the 75,000 member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

    Mr. Blum's clients have included Adobe, Amgen, Beats Electronics, DGA, Disney, Dolby, DreamWorks, DTS, DKNY, Ed Hardy, General Electric, General Motors, IGT, IMG, Marvel, Mattel, McDonalds, Microsoft, MLB, and the NFL to name a few. Commonly audited industries include consumer products, electronics, software, apparel, media and entertainment, aerospace, automotive for trademarks, patents and copyrights.

    Consulting Services:
    • Desk Audits and Field Audits
    • Forensic Accounting and Investigative Audits
    • Royalty Reporting / System Audits
  • Evaluation of License Agreements
  • Royalty Compliance and Monitoring Programs
  • Royalty Compliance / Monitoring Program Reviews
  • Mr. Blum’s two books published by Oxford University Press and LexisNexis on financial terms in contracts are leading sources of valuable information for attorneys and contract negotiators. He has also made numerous presentations to law firms, professional groups, universities, and others regarding contract compliance and auditing.

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    9/13/2016 · Accounting
    Royalty auditing is a niche service that has exploded in popularity over the last 20 years. The primary purpose of a royalty audit is to test whether a licensee has complied with a license agreement or statutory requirement. The royalty auditor is hired by an intellectual property owner (aka, licensor) or minerals owner to inspect the books and records of a licensee primarily to determine if usage-based monetary amounts have been paid as contractually required. In addition to monetary damage calculations, most royalty audits examine for breach of contract in a wide variety of areas, such as intellectual property protection, record keeping, distribution channels, and permitted usage.

    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates readers through the nuances of drafting the best possible financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. The 2014 Edition includes updated information on how to properly write the financial aspects of royalty contracts to protect the licensor, licensee, and other concerned parties. Additional sample terms and "real-world" agreements have also been included.
    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates the nuances of drafting financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. This book will modernize and remold how agreements are written and will greatly enhance the bottom line of licensors and other contractors. Lawyers involved in drafting license and other self-reporting contracts typically understand boilerplate provisions but not the financial nuances that are subject to high degrees of interpretation that eventually costs their clients significant money and business relationships.
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    EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE
    Principal
    Three Galleria Tower
    13155 Noel Road, Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75240-5090
    USA
    phone: 972.934.0022
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    EJ Janik Accounting Expert PhotoPrincipal, EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant with 37 years of professional experience. He has been engaged as an accounting consultant on issues involving, among other things, public and private company audits, due diligence, fact finding, asset tracing, lost profits analysis, damage analysis, fraud analysis, insurance claims and business valuations. Mr. Janik holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rice University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Mr. Janik has provided expert testimony in over 80 matters including testimony in 48 trials or hearings in 8 states. His experience also includes over 23,000 hours of Engineering and Construction auditing and consulting work on construction claims matters involving:
    • Acceleration
    • Change Orders
    • Costs
    • Defective Plans
    • Differing Site and Concealed Conditions
    • Direct Costs
    • Disruption
    • Evaluating Claims
  • Indirect Costs
  • Overhead
  • Payroll Fringe Burdens
  • Profit
  • Pre-Qualification Filings
  • Superfund / Hazardous Waste Sites
  • Terminations
  • Other Construction Issues
  • Mr. Janik provides accounting, financial, economic, fraud, and business dispute consulting. He has provided over 150 financial audits and consulted in over 685 business disputes. Janik's clients include Bank of America, Coca-Cola Company, FDIC, General Motors Corporation, IBM, Travelers Insurance, and many more. Specific areas of expertise include:
    • Business Consulting
    • Dispute Consulting
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Damage Analysis / Critiques
    • Construction Claims
  • Opinions / Reports
  • Fact Finding / Graphic Analytics
  • Accounting / Financial / Economic Modeling
  • Contract Accounting
  • Projections and Trend Analysis
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    Patrick Chylinski, CVA, CFE
    515 South Flower Street 41st Floor
    Los Angeles CA 90071-2201
    USA
    phone: 213-330-4605
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    RSM US, LLP is the 5th largest Accounting and Consulting Firm in the country, with over 85 offices across the United States. Our litigation consulting and financial forensics practice focuses on assisting counsel and clients in the areas of business and commercial litigation matters, forensic and fraud investigations, contract compliance matters, and royalty inspections.

    Our professionals have extensive experience assessing and quantifying damages in a variety of matters including contract disputes, post-closing and post-acquisition disputes, breach of fiduciary duty matters, real estate disputes, fee disputes, partnership disputes, as well as conducting analysis in forensic and fraud matters.

    Industry experience includes, among others, technology, manufacturing, hospitality, government and public sector, banking, consumer products, real estate, financial services, and entertainment. Our team of consultants has qualifications, certifications, and educational experience that include Certified Public Account (CPA), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), MBA, and JD.

    Our professionals have experience testifying at deposition, arbitration, and trial and have experience working in the following types of matters:
    • Economic Damage Analysis
    • Fee Disputes
    • Billing Disputes
    • Breach of Contract Matters
    • Post-acquisition Disputes
    • Earn-out Disputes
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Forensic Investigations
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Matters
    • Business Interruption Matters
  • Construction Claims
  • Covenant Not To Compete Matters
  • Business Valuations
  • Contract Compliance / Royalty Investigations
  • Health Care Litigation Matters
  • Insurance Claims & Coverage Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Related Matters
  • Marital Dissolution Matters
  • Purchase and Sale Disputes
  • Securities Litigation Matters
  • Patrick Chylinski Economic Damages Expert PhotoPatrick Chylinski, MAFF, CVA, CFE is a principal and the West Region Practice Leader for RSM’s Litigation Consulting and Financial Forensics practice. He has extensive experience managing and directing engagements relating to complex commercial litigation, business disputes, investigations of fraud and financial misconduct, and business valuations. He has been designated as an expert in numerous cases, and has testified as an expert in litigation matters relating to contract and fee disputes. Mr. Chylinski has experience serving clients across various industries including healthcare, financial services, real estate, construction, insurance, gaming, entertainment, and technology.

    Past experience includes roles as a Director of the Litigation Consulting and Forensic Accounting Services practice group for a top-25 national accounting and consulting firm, as well as a leadership position at a top regional firm. Earlier in his career, Patrick worked in the Financial Advisory Services group at Deloitte & Touche, focusing on dispute consulting.

    In addition to his work experience in professional services, Patrick has extensive industry experience, having worked as a Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for what was one of the largest mortgage banking and financial services firms in the country. Patrick also worked in commercial real estate, performing financial analysis and mergers and acquisition due diligence at a commercial real estate investment firm. He also has experience in the securities industry, at one time holding NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.

    Litigation and Dispute Services:
    • Contract Disputes
    • Fee Disputes
    • Damage Analysis
    • Lost Profit Analysis
    • Partnerships and Real Estate Disputes
    Forensic and Investigative Services:
    • Licensing and Royalty Disputes
    • Purchase Price / Earn-out Disputes
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Contract Compliance
    8/20/2014 · Forgery & Fraud
    When many people think about fraud, their thoughts usually turn to banks, investment firms and large businesses. But don't be fooled. Not-for-profit organizations – including many charities, colleges, religious entities and trade groups – are often easy targets for sophisticated fraud schemes.

    Business acquisitions and dispositions are often highly complex transactions which can possess an increased potential for disagreements-disagreements that can eventually lead to contentious and costly litigation. Various types of disputes can arise from the purchase or sale of a business, and these post-closing or postacquisition disputes can delay or even derail what may otherwise appear as obvious "win-win" transactions.

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    Jack Young, ASA—MTS/ARM, CPA
    President, CEO
    902 Hemenway Street
    Winters CA 95694
    USA
    phone: 530-795-5536
    fax: 866-421-1108
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    NorCal Valuation Inc. provides comprehensive USPAP Machinery and Equipment Appraisal Reports for attorneys, law firms, CPA firms, corporations, and business valuation professionals. Their equipment appraisal reports are structured to the scope of specific projects. They provide independent and unbiased services with the highest level of responsiveness to particular equipment and business asset valuation needs.

    Services Include:
    • Equipment Appraisal Reports
    • Collateral Verification and Inspection
  • Cost Segregation Analysis
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Jack Young Valuation Expert PhotoPrincipal, Jack Young, ASA, CPA, is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers specializing in Machinery and Equipment Appraisals and Appraisal Review (ARM/MTS). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Young has also been awarded a Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) designation from the National Auctioneers Association. He has thousands of hours experience as an Equipment Appraiser and is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the ASA, where he serves as Past Chapter President.

    Mr. Young's certified USPAP equipment appraisals are used for property tax appeals, California Section 2000, due diligence, business combinations & disputes, insurance documentation, and family matters such as estates for a deceased or a divorce. He performs Certified / Qualified Equipment Appraisals for industries such as farming and ranching, wineries, heavy equipment, construction, trucking, manufacturing, food service, food processing, golf courses, recreational facilities, printing, mining, and aggregate in Northern California and Western Nevada

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    Compiling a list of equipment lost in a fire can be difficult and demanding. We can provide some guidance and tips to help

    We recently conducted a Cost Segregation Study for an industrial property in California's Central Valley. Of the $8.2 million purchase price, the real estate appraisal allocated over $6.4 million of the purchase price to the building with an IRS depreciable life of 39 years and the rest to land (not depreciable).

    While gauging competency in appraisal review is similar to using a limit gauge in order to determine whether a part is within prescribed limits of tolerance, it's not, of course, that simple. An appraiser's competency depends on a number of factors, ranging from experience with the equipment and its market to the intended use of the appraisal and the analytical method best used to value the equipment.

    What would you think if I told you that the value of wine tanks increases annually? That the longer you use them the more they're worth? You'd think I was out of my mind! It just doesn't sound reasonable, does it? How can it be possible that the value of equipment as standard as wine tanks goes up annually? And yet, because of the way that wine tanks are assessed in California, the assessment value for ad valorem taxes often does increase annually whether the value of the tanks actually increases or not. Considering that wine tanks often make up a large portion of a winery's fixed asset value, this unreasonable alleged increase in value can create an expensive problem.

    8/25/2017 · Machinery
    Earlier this year, an Arkansas trucking company became the latest to file a complaint against Navistar in federal court, arising out of the now familiar refrain that Navistar knew its 2010-2013 MaxxForce 11,13, and 15 Advanced EGR diesel engines were defectively designed and would prematurely fail, causing damage to the trucks and economic harm to the trucks' owners and lessees, as well as severely diminishing the value of the affected vehicles.

    Appraisers frequently refer to what they do as an "art." And in fact, the word "art" features prominently in the title of a book on appraisal review published by a major appraisal organization. But the practice of referring to appraisals and appraisal review as an "art" can be problematic, especially when we're providing appraisals to the legal community.

    Several years ago while serving as equipment appraisal expert witness for the Ophir Fire, I discovered the Wildland Fire Litigation Conference and put it on my appraisal bucket list. Just this year, my schedule finally allowed me to attend the conference. In the intervening years, I've done many equipment appraisals related to insurance loss claims, a number of them for fire loss claims (see below), so I felt prepared. Although the conference is mostly attended by attorneys, a fair number of other experts also attended: mostly in fire science such as cause of action analysis, ignition theory and burn patterns; several vegetation experts representing areas such as noxious weed analysis; and a handful of real property appraisers along with me, the lone equipment appraiser.

    Big changes are happening in California agriculture! As farmers convert massive amounts of acreage to orchards and vineyards, abandoning annual crops like tomatoes and rice, farming equipment is changing as well. As one would expect, orchard and vineyard crops use entirely different machinery types, especially for harvesting. This is an interesting transition for appraisers of agricultural equipment because orchard and vineyard equipment is mostly traded at the private party level and rarely at the dealer level, the exact opposite of more standardized traditional agricultural equipment. Orchard and vineyard equipment appraisal, therefore, is often more about who you know than what price indexes and public source materials you can access.

    Appraising inventory is generally one of my least favorite assignments; in the case of fire loss, however, even a static inventory can become more interesting, if only because of its absence. Combined with an absence of appropriate record keeping, the process of valuing the lost stock takes us into a level of detective work that can be both frustrating and rewarding.

    How do we appraise equipment that's been destroyed or stolen? Of course we hope for good records - photos, equipment lists, maintenance records - but rarely are those available. Often whatever records might have existed have been lost in the same fire that destroyed the equipment. In most of the fire cases we've been called into, the underlying problem can be that either that the insurance company doesn't agree with the loss value submitted by the claimant or that nobody can confirm what has actually been lost.

    Equipment appraisers often claim expertise in particular markets. And we do often become experts through our experience in valuing a particular industry throughout the years. In many situations, however, it's more important to be an equipment appraisal expert than an industry expert! An expert equipment appraiser knows how to research the processes and equipment lines of a specialty industry, is able to locate and interview dealers and other experts in that field, and understands how to calculate values for specialty equipment that often does not have a viable market for used equipment sales. An expert equipment appraiser is an expert in USPAP compliance, producing a well-written report in compliance with the research standards of USPAP.

    Considering an ad valorem tax appeal for your business? Business owners who provide independent equipment values researched by experienced, qualified equipment appraisers are more successful in their tax appeal. Whether negotiating assessed values with the county property appraiser or in a value adjustment board hearing, a taxpayer who's prepared with a USPAP equipment appraisal review has a better chance of having their assessed values reduced.

    Several equipment appraisal report clients have recently asked me to include information on California's on-going drought conditions and how current and continuing conditions might affect the value of the equipment appraised.

    2/1/2016 · Machinery
    Sharing a machinery and equipment appraiser in a legal conflict is one of the more practical methods of reducing costs and discord. While the concept of shared experts is not new to legal proceedings concerning issues like mergers and collateral lending, I've been encouraged to see this refreshing trend gain momentum in family law cases as well.

    A previous post introduced the 3 Rules of Appraisal Review, and in a perfect world, the equipment appraisal report you're basing financial decisions on would always meet these 3 basic rules.

    Appraisal review raises the bar on appraisal reports by providing professional, expert review of the appraiser's qualifications, how well the report aligns with standards of appraisal practice, and whether or not the appraisal report itself makes logical sense to a trained professional. Failure of an appraisal report to meet any of these three qualifications indicates that the report under review cannot be depended upon.

    Reconciliation is the final process for the equipment appraiser when more than one approach to value is used in an equipment. valuation. That process involves reconciling the values from the separate approaches and resolving, if necessary, any differences in order to arrive at a final opinion of value. The question here is: "Why in the world would an appraiser use more than one approach to value?"

    Let's say you're getting an equipment appraisal on your metalworking facility, your food processing plant, or a manufacturing facility, restaurant, or trucking company. When you think about how an equipment appraiser might research the values for your fleet vehicles, your kitchen equipment and dining room furniture, or for your CNC machines, drills, presses, etc., you probably assume the sales comparison approach. And in most cases, you might be right. But don't forget: Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) recognizes three distinct valuation methodologies and it's important to consider all three before determining the correct approach for a particular appraisal. These three appraisal methodologies, or approaches to value, are Sales Comparison Approach, Cost Approach, and Income Approach.

    This case study deals with some of the practical considerations surrounding the accounting for the acquisition of a closely-held integrated dairy products operation and the subsequent disposal of a portion of the acquired assets. Specifically use and oversight of appraisers for determining fair value amounts necessary for acquisition accounting is examined. Additionally, the accounting implications of the subsequent disposal of assets are considered in light of the initial acquisition accounting.

    When clients call our office asking for an equipment appraisal review, I've found it's important to ask them the purpose of the appraisal review. That quickly opens up the discussion about what an equipment appraisal review is and is not. And believe me, not everyone understands the difference between an appraisal (a quantitative analysis) and an appraisal review (a qualitative analysis). Some think they are going to get an opinion of value to compare to the equipment appraisal they've requested a review of or whether I think the equipment values in the report are "right." That, however, isn't what an appraisal review is really about.

    5/22/2015 · Machinery
    I spent last week back east visiting my uncle and cousins at the Young family farm, where my uncle, who grew up there, now raises goats, grains and vegetables and boards horses on the property. My grandfather (Pappy) wasn't raised on a farm, but as a young man he built an old style dairy farm - a farm that not only made a living but fed his family as well. The dairy farm wasn't limited to milking cows; this family farm, like so many in that era, raised pigs, chickens, horses and grew corn, oats, rye; had a full vegetable garden as well as pasture land, an orchard and berry patch.

    4/30/2015 · Machinery
    Every machinery and equipment appraiser is most likely familiar with the phone call - "I've got some equipment that I need to have appraised. How much will it cost?"

    While equipment appraisals frequently rely on the Sales Comparison approach, researching an opinion of value takes an interesting turn when we appraise items for which there is not an active market. When a piece of specialized equipment cannot be compared to an item of similar utility, we can find a value by using the Cost Approach, known in machinery and equipment circles as "Trend and Bend."

    The concept of absorption is used relatively often in real estate appraisals and the same concept, known as "blockage," is well-documented in the art valuation world, particularly in tax-related appraisals.

    Retail propane companies may need their equipment appraised for collateral lending situations, buy-sell agreements, family law, estate tax or several other situations. Whatever the reason, when appraising retail propane equipment, it's important for an equipment appraiser to understand the overall retail propane industry as well as how the basic equipment - trucks and trailers, customer tanks, and large volume storage tanks - fits into the big picture.

    An appraisal review is a good choice whenever you feel uneasy about the qualifications of the equipment appraiser or confused about the methodology used in an equipment appraisal report. This could be a report you originally contracted for - or it could be an equipment appraisal report you've received from another party.

    Next time you walk into a grocery store, take a moment to appreciate all the equipment on the sales floor –– from the cantilevered gondola shelves to the automated checkout stands, the food bar, water dispensing machine, and of course, all the refrigerated display cases: enclosed freezers, reach-in refrigerated cases, the open topped freezer boxes that hold fish sticks and frozen chickens, the deli cases … and the equipment you don't see: the walk-in coolers and freezers and the refrigeration compression system that most grocery store visitors never see.

    8/25/2014 · Machinery
    In 1998, reacting to California's overall poor air quality, the federal government threatened to cut off or reduce the state's allocation of federal highway funds as allowed through the US Federal Clean Air Act, which, overhauled with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, mandates that every state meet the National Ambient Air Quality standards. In response, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in September 2000, adopted the Diesel Risk Re duction Plan (Diesel RRP or Plan). RRP recommends many control measures to reduce risks associated with diesel particulate matter (PM) and achieve a goal of 75 percent PM reduction by 2010 and 85 percent by 2020. These CARB regulations may be a harb inger of national change as many other states, also out of compliance with the Federal Clean Air Act, are poised to adopt similar diesel emission rules.

    RN's Beverly McFarland and her associate, Kevin Whelan of The Beverly Group, Inc., recently gave a presentation in San Francisco to the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers ("ASA") on "Challenges of Appraising Special Assets". The emphasis was on the appraisal of assets in chapter 11 bankruptcies and receiverships and the differences between the two entities and how they are administered. Through the new acquaintances that we met that evening, we discovered some fascinating appraisals that members of the ASA have completed that we would like to share with Receivership News readers.

    6/10/2014 · Equipment Leasing
    As pointed out in the previous Leased Equipment post, today's equipment lessor must be more knowledgeable than ever before about the value of leased equipment: Many leasing decisions, from the initial transaction pricing through the ultimate disposition of the equipment, are based on the value of the underlying asset. In addition, it's critical to have an accurate projection of residual values.

    Over the years, I've done a number of valuations on leased equipment for various reasons. It's almost aways the case that the folks who are leasing the equipment and the folks who own it don't agree on what the value of the equipment is or even what the premise of value should be for the equipment being appraised. Most equipment appraisers would probably agree that valuing leased equipment is more straightforward if the contract specifies a premise of value, but we know we can't count on that. What we can count on is that equipment lessors will continue to need their equipment appraised. This post is really for them. And I want to thank Bob Podwalny, again, for the generous contribution of his knowledge and experience in this area.

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    Christopher Morse
    Partner
    8365 North Fresno Street, Suite 110
    Fresno CA 93720
    USA
    phone: 559-389-5700
    fax: 559-389-5701
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    Our firm provides forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations in addition to our tax and audit practice. We specialize in the areas of Health Care, Manufacturing and Distribution, Real Estate Construction, Agri-Business, and Information Technology.

    For more information, please contact us or visit our website.
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    Christopher Linscott, CPA, CFE, CIRA and Eric Lee, CFE, CIRA
    3443 N Campbell Avenue, Suite 115, Tucson, AZ 85719
    8800 N Gainey Center Drive, Suite 278, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    USA
    phone: 520-884-0176 or 480-374-6394
    fax: 520-884-8767
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    Keegan Linscott & Kenon, PC (KLK) is a full-service Accounting Firm with more than 20 years of experience providing the highest quality of service to clients through a multi-dimensional team of dedicated and trusted professionals.

    Leaders in their industry of practice, the professionals at KLK are Certified Public Accountants, Certified Fraud Examiners, Forensic Accountants, and Certified Insolvency, and Restructuring Advisors. They are committed to providing their clients and community with exceptional service, specializing in such matters as complex commercial litigation, FAR audits, all taxation matters, bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency issues, and fraud detection, investigation, and prevention.

    Consulting Services Include:
    • Taxation-Related Services -Tax Problems, IRS Audit Support, Non-Files Returns, Offers in Compromise, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning
    • Audit Services - Audits, Reviews, Compilations, Federal Acquisition Regulations
    • Business Services - Quickbooks, Small Business, Payroll, Part-Time CFO, Cash Flow, Bank Financing, Strategic Business planning, Business Valuation, Succession in Planning, New Business Planning, Non-Profits, Internal Controls
    Christopher Linscott Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoChristopher G. Linscott, CPA, CFE, CIRA, is a Director of Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, PC, and is the Director of Litigation, Forensic Accounting, and Bankruptcy Support Services. He also manages corporate financial audits and tax clients. Mr. Linscott was previously employed with the international CPA firms of Coopers & Lybrand (now Price­water­houseCoopers), and Peat Marwick (now KPMG). He has more than 25 years of ex­perience in public accounting.

    Mr. Linscott specializes in the areas of Litigation Support, Bankruptcy Reorganization, Fraud Investigations and Prevention, and Business Consulting. He has served clients in industries including construction, health care, home builders and developers, law firms, manufacturing and distribution, non-profit, professional services, real estate, restaurant franchises, retail service, and wholesale.

    Mr. Linscott is a Member of the Arizona Society of CPA's, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and a Director of the Board of Directors at Bashas’.

    Eric Lee Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoEric A. Lee, CFE, CIRA, is a Principal and Phoenix Practice Leader in the Consulting Services group of KLK. He has extensive experience conducting complex financial analysis and forensics related to multi-million dollar fraud schemes, analysis of complex financial accounts and transactions, fraudulent transfers and conveyances, analysis of securities transactions, international investigations, and loss and damages calculations.

    Mr. Lee's experience also includes conducting due diligence investigations for several state regulator, financial institutions, publicly traded corporations, and private entities (including FCPA due diligence related to pre-acquisition and compliance).

    Prior to his career in consulting services, Mr. Lee spent more than seven years as a Special Agent with the Federal government. During his tenure as a Special Agent, he investigated criminal and civil violations, nationally and internationally, relating to fraud, money laundering, theft and embezzlement, public corruption, and tax evasion.

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    Robert Bates, CPA, CFE, CVA
    CFO
    1819 Polk St. , #314
    San Francisco CA 94109
    USA
    phone: 508-331-8815
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    HP Accounting Services, Inc. is a leading provider of interim and outsourced Financial Management for tech and other companies. A CPA and business valuation firm, they support their clients’ compliance with the IRC 409A and SFAS 123(R) rules, intangible asset valuation, as well as issues involving litigation.

    Consulting Services:
    • Accounting - Bookkeeping (Monthly/Quarterly/Annual), Accounting system setup for new businesses, Personal financial statements, Business Plan Development & Loan Brokerage, Audit Preparation & Liaison, Budgeting
    • Business Valuation - Purchase Price Allocations — FAS 141R
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Business Fraud Prevention
    CFO, Robert Bates, CPA, CFE, CVA, has over 25 years of Financial Management and Accounting experience as a Controller and CFO in various industries. He has been in several industries, including telecom, media, retail and financial services in addition to having consulting experience at startups in the software, technology, and life sciences fields.

    Mr. Bates specializes in International Accounting, Software Issues, and Obtaining Financing. AS CFO of a public company, he has completed due diligence accounting/reporting for 12 acquisitions, including performing Business Valuations and dealing with FAS 142 issues. Mr. Bates has handled accounting for complex debt instruments including warrants, beneficial conversion feature, and other derivative issues. He has also been responsible for SEC reporting: 10Q’s and 10K’s.

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    8/31/2017 · Accounting
    Economic downturns and recessions are notorious for encouraging fraud. As new and prospective fraud examiners, it's imperative that you become aware of the various fraud risks that can occur and the red flags that indicate a fraud in progress.

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    Heinz E. Ickert, CPA/CFF, CFE, CVA
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    OH, FL USA
    phone: 614-464-3343 (OH) 941 343-7620 (FL)
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    Heinz Ickert Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoHeinz E. Ickert, CPA/CFF, CFE, CVA is an experienced Forensic Accountant, Forensic Investigator and Certified Public Accountant in private practice serving as a consultant to individuals, members of the legal profession, corporations, and not for profit organizations.

    Mr. Ickert has valued numerous privately held entities in potential merger and acquisition transactions or marital property settlement. His involvement in patent infringement, theft of trade secret and copyright infringement has included computation of damages incurred.

    Financial Investigations and Consulting Services Include:
    • Fraud Detection
    • Fraud Investigation
    • Internal Corporate Investigations
    • Reconstruction of Corporate Records
    • Asset Tracing, Identification, and Recovery
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Consulting
    • Due Diligence Investigations
    Author / Lecturer - Mr. Ickert has authored numerous publications on topics within his expertise. He has extensive experience lecturing on fraud related topics including the investigation, detection, and deterrence of Fraudulent Activity whether by employees, vendors, or outsiders against corporate and non-profit entities.

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    Ohio Office
    150 E. Mound Street
    Suite 312
    Columbus, OH, 43215
    Telephone: 614-464-3343
    Florida Office
    2015 S. Tuttle Ave.
    PO Box 1418
    Sarasota, FL 34230
    Telephone: 941-343-7620
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    Michael D. Pakter CPA,CFF,CGMA,CFE,CVA,MAFF,CA,CIRA,CDBV
    205 West Wacker Drive,Suite 918
    Chicago IL 60606
    USA
    phone: 312-229-1720
    fax: 312-229-1725
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    Michael D. Pakter CA, CPA, CFE, CIRA, CDBV, CFF, MAFF, CVA, CGMA focuses on accounting, forensic accounting, financial analysis, financial forensics, economic damages, business valuation and investigations. He has experience in lost profits / earnings, business interruption claims, analysis of financial transactions and balances, Court-ordered accounting, bankruptcy, fraud examinations, investigations and the reconstruction of incomplete, misstated and/or falsified financial information.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Pakter provides consulting and litigation support services to trial lawyers, trustees, examiners, receivers, business owners and managers and units of federal, state and local government. Many engagements combine financial analysis, economic damages determination, valuation issues, tracing procedures and/or other applications of Financial Forensics to assist in resolving complex commercial litigation and business disputes.

    Experience - Mr. Pakter has more than 35 years of experience in accounting, financial analysis, financial forensics, business economics, fraud examinations and investigations in diverse engagements and numerous industries, including more than 15 years of experience in economic damages and business valuations. He has participated in public hearings and alternative dispute resolutions, submitted expert reports in several jurisdictions and testified in arbitrations, regulatory proceedings and State, Federal and Bankruptcy Courts.
    11/1/2017 · Accounting
    This is Part 2 of a two-part article. The first part (published in the January 2014 issue of Business Valuation Update) discussed valuations of distressed debtor companies based on discounted cash flows and considered the impact of the date and stage of distress. This part describes how the financial analyst derives the cost of capital for a distressed debtor company.

    10/11/2017 · Accounting
    This is Part 1 of a two-part article. This part discusses valuations of distressed debtor companies based on discounted cash flows and considers the impact of the date and stage of distress. Next month, Part 2 will describe how the financial analyst derives the cost of capital for a distressed debtor company.

    9/25/2017 · Economics
    Financial experts are frequently asked aboutthe tax impact of damage awards, both paidand received. The complexities of the InternalRevenue Code (IRC) and judicial interpretations thereofmake determining the taxability of receipts or payments difficult.The same is true when dealing with the taxability of economic damages awarded to plaintiffs in civil actions. Nuances in the IRC and the judicial interpretations may make it difficult for a taxpayer to determine the taxability of his or her proceeds from a litigation award of personal economic damages. Whether or not such is taxable often depends on how the award of economic damages is categorized and/or described in the awarding documents.

    9/7/2017 · Accounting
    Mr. Bad Actor is a 61–year-old male who is the senior executive of the Unlucky Transportation Company. He has been in that position for more than ten years. Before his employment at the company, he worked for a series of unsuccessful transportation companies, where both he and other stakeholders lost most of their investment. He has ongoing legal and financial problems resulting from these prior business failures and from his failed marriage.

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    Michael J. Garibaldi, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA
    990 Stewart Avenue-Fifth Floor
    Garden City NY 11530
    USA
    phone: 516-288-7400 (Office) or 516-428-1589 (Cell)
    fax: 516-288-7410
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    The Garibaldi Group is a accounting firm that takes accounting and financial management to a new level of responsiveness.

    Providing a full range of traditional as well as non-traditional services, this boutique firm focuses on the closely held businesses that are the backbone of our nation. The Garibaldi Group lives by two rules...A commitment to excellence and a passion for accounting.
    The complexities of accounting, compliance and the twists and turns of the financial markets is a full time job that requires specialized expertise and professional vigilance. We are committed to providing the best possible service, expertise and experience to help companies and individuals achieve their goals. With our accounting acumen and our desire for professionalism being our first and foremost value, we always try to help each client with a level of responsiveness they deserve.

    The Garibaldi Group helps ensure that businesses comply with all current accounting regulations and trends in the financial markets that may affect them.

    Consulting Services:
    • Accounting, Auditing, and Consulting for Small to Mid-Sized Closely Held Businesses and Professional Practices
    • Business and Professional Practice Valuations
    • Forensic Accounting Fraud Engagements and Expert Witness Testimony
    • Tax Planning and Compliance
    • Private Wealth Management
    • Business, Financial, and Estate Planning
    Michael GaribaldiFounder of The Garibaldi Group and one of the industry's leading law firm services experts, Michael J. Garibaldi, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA, has a strong background providing efficient and affordable solutions to complex matters of finance.

    A Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of New York, Mr. Garibaldi is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is recognized as a Chartered Global Management Accountant by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

    Mr. Garibaldi works closely with law firms and other professional service firms, manufacturing, wholesale/retail, medical, technology, restaurant/hospitality, artists and galleries, construction, and real estate clients where he is responsible for providing accounting, tax planning management consulting services, and financial reporting.

    Michael Garibaldi is a Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Member of the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the AICPA and the NYSSCPA. He is a past President and former member of the Board of Directors of the NYSSCPA Nassau Chapter, and has held a variety of positions on the Litigation Support Committee of the Nassau County and State Chapters of the NYSSCPA. Mr. Garibaldi has also held a number of positions on other committees and sub-committees within these organizations.

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    11/3/2017 · Expert Witnessing
    It may be detrimental to an expert witness's credibility if even the appearance of a lack of independence exists. In today's legal environment, discrediting an expert based on his or her relationship with counsel, the client or the judge is common. Let's examine how to identify an expert's independence.

    There are many more purposes for which valuations are used. Each has its unique presumptions. It must be understood that there is no one value and that the same investment can have a different value to different people and for different reasons. Each valuator must analyze such differences, understand the presumptions inherent in the purpose for which the valuation is to be used, and select and implement a method to determine proper value for the purpose.

    10/6/2017 · Accounting
    When a client voiced strong suspicions that her soon-to-be ex-husband was hiding assets, her attorney investigated the claim but found nothing amiss. However, he hired a forensic accounting expert to help ensure his client would receive an equitable share of the marital estate. The expert turned up a trunkload of hidden treasure - undeclared cash income and property "stashed" under the names of the husband's mother and siblings.

    6/15/2016 · Accounting
    Goodwill can be a significant asset for a professional practice. It may include both "personal" goodwill that's attributable to individual owners and "business" goodwill that can be transferred to third parties. When accountants and other types of professionals divorce, the amount of goodwill to include in the marital estate can become contentious (and may vary depending on state law). If expert testimony on the issue is inadequate, a court might look elsewhere for help, as it did in a recent Texas divorce case, Hill v. Hill.

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    David Ostrove, JD, CPA (Inactive)
    Attorney, CPA (Inactive)
    499 N. Canon Drive
    Beverly Hills CA 90210
    USA
    phone: 323-939-3400
    fax: 323-939-3500
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    David Ostrove Estate Tax Law Expert PhotoDavid Ostrove, A Professional Corporation, is dedicated to representing individuals, businesses, and professionals with complex areas of the law including Tax and Accounting.

    Principal, David Ostrove, JD, CPA (Inactive), brings over 50 years of experience to his practice. He is a certified specialist in Taxation Law, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California since 1975. Mr. Ostrove is also a California Certified Public Accountant since 1957 and a California Lawyer since 1960. His firm specializes in the areas of:
    • Tax Law
    • Probate and Trust Administration or Litigation, including Contested Inheritances
    • Estate Planning
    • Complex Business Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Dissolutions
    • Notary Law
    • Malpractice Defense for Attorneys and Accountants
    In addition to his private practice as an attorney, Mr. Ostrove has been a Professor of Law and Accounting at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles for 40 years. He is a Past President of the American Association of Attorneys-Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.

    David Ostrove has authored numerous books on topics within his field of expertise including, "Advanced Corporate Tax Problems"; "Fiduciary Accounting For Estates And Trusts"; "Forensic Accounting" (2 Volumes); "California Community Property - What The CPA must Know"; "Analyzing Financial Statements After Enron - What The Lawyer Must Know"; and "Accounting and Auditing For Trusts & Estates (DVD)."

    He is a lecturer for the California CPA Foundation, California Continuing Education Of The Bar (CEB), and the Arizona CPA Society.

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    David Ostrove
    The definitive Fiduciary Accounting Seminar. Designed for CPAs, attorneys, trust officers, estate administrators, attorneys who serve as trustees, executors, administrators, conservators and guardians. Interactive DVD
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    Gary G. Capata, CPA
    Kerrie Merrifield, CPA, CFF
    28202 Cabot Road
    Suite 245
    Laguna Niguel CA 92677
    USA
    phone: 949-364-0334
    fax: 949-364-0362
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    Capata & Co. has been providing customized tax preparation services, litigation support, and financial coaching to clients for over 25 years. They offer Accounting and Tax services that create meaningful, well-organized financial records, thereby helping to ensure efficient business operations. Capata & Co. provides a full range of cost effective accounting services including:
    • Cash Flow & Budgeting Analysis
    • Financial Forecasts & Projections
    • Financial Statements
    • Forensic Accounting
  • Reviews & Compilations
  • Estate & Trust Tax Preparation
  • IRS Representation
  • Tax Planning
  • Gary Capata Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoPrincipal, Gary G. Capata, CPA has over 35 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Capata utilizes unique and tested damage measurement methods to determine the extent of Financial Loss or Economic Damage. His expert auditing skills and investigations services have been called upon for matters involving financial disputes, fraud, and theft.

    Throughout his many years as a CPA, Gary Capata has developed, written, and taught numerous courses for the California CPA Society, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, University of Southern California, and University of California, Los Angeles.

    In 2010, Mr. Capata was recognized by the California CPA Society when he received their Public Service award for his record of commitment to public service through participation in charitable, governmental, and volunteer work.

    Kerri Merrifield Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoKerrie Merrifield, CPA, CFF, is the Director of Litigation Support, Valuations, and Trust Administration at Capata & Co. She has over 25 years of public accounting experience with an emphasis in Forensic Accounting, litigation support, and CFO roles in various sized companies and industries.

    Ms. Merrifield has worked with various industries including entertainment, restaurant, and hotel. Her projects include, but are not limited to business valuations, economic damage analysis, income loss analysis, fraud investigations, business disputes, contract noncompliance, and related damage analysis. She has exceptional management skills and an unparalleled ability to meet deadlines, work directly with clients, and consistently produce detailed reports and work product that exceed expectations.

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    Bryan L. Parker, CPA/PFS, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CASL, FCPA
    Principal
    2501 Meadowview Ln., #201
    Pelham AL 35124
    USA
    phone: 205-664-1212 or 205-422-0448 (Cell)
    fax: 205-664-1255
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    Bryan L. Parker, CPA, LLC provides help to small to medium sized business with their Accounting, Payroll, and Tax needs. They have built a firm that provides quality accounting services coupled with a high level of client support.

    Their expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as financial statements. The largest accounting firm in the city of Pelham, Alabama, their dedicated staff combine their years of experience to assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve.

    Accounting Services:
    • Reviews & Compilations
    • Bookkeeping / Write-Up
    • Business Consulting
    • Business Entity Selection
    • Buying or Selling a Business
    • Estate & Trust Tax Preparation
    • Financial Analysis & Statements
  • IRS Representation
  • Management Advisory Services
  • Notary Public
  • Payroll Services
  • QuickBooks
  • Sales Tax Services
  • Tax Preparation & Planning
  • Bryan L. Parker CPA | Accounting, Payroll & Tax Needs for Small/Medium Businesses in Birmingham, AL

    Bryan Parker Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoBryan L. Parker, CPA/PFS, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CASL, FCPA, is a Certified Forensic Accountant with over 30 years of experience in his field.

    Background - Prior to founding Bryan L. Parker, CPA, LLC, Mr. Parker held the position of CFO at McPherson Oil Company ($300 million + annual revenues) where he was responsible for advising and negotiating banking relationships, acquisition review, acquisition integration, financial reporting, and interaction with external auditors. His experience also includes serving as VP of Mergers & Acquisitions for Citation Corporation (Public Co.) and CFO of TIC United Corp., Dallas, TX ($300 million + revenues).

    Mr. Parker has performed business valuations for more than 100 businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing, trucking, printing, fuel oil distribution, motor/lubricating oil distribution, professional services, restaurants, fast food franchises, metal foundry, metal forge, machining, and plastic injection molding.

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    Patrick Kilbourne
    CPA/ABV, CMA, CGMA, CFE, CFF, MBA, MACC
    201 S. Main St.
    Ste. 450
    Salt Lake City UT 84111
    USA
    phone: 801-321-6335
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    Patrick Kilbourne, CPA/ABV, CMA, CGMA, CFE, CFF, MBA, MACC, is a Director at Berkeley Research Group (BRG), a leading global expert services and consulting firm. Specializing in Finance, Accounting, and Economic Analysis, he advises on matters relating to:
    • Forensic Investigations
    • Royalty Audits
  • Implementing Costs Saving Practices
  • Operational Issues
  • Mr. Kilbourne's experience spans a broad range of industries, including pharmaceutical, technology, software, retail products, manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, biotechnology, construction, real estate, telecommunications, chemicals, and oil & gas.

    Prior to joining BRG, he spent 9 years at LECG as a Director. Prior to LECG he was the head of Arthur Andersen’s Strategy Finance & Economic Consulting practice in Salt Lake City, where he oversaw accounting, intellectual property, economic consulting, and forensic accounting services.

    Certifications:
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
    • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
    • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
    • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
    • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
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