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Erik Laykin, CHFI, CEDS
Managing Director
10100 Santa Monica Blvd
11th Floor
Los Angeles CA 90067
USA
phone: 310-245-2902
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Erik Laykin, CHFI, CEDS, Managing Director in the Los Angeles office of Duff & Phelps, LLP, is an internationally recognized Computer Forensic, Electronic Discovery, and Cybercrime Expert. Mr. Laykin is the co-chair of the firm’s Global Electronic Discovery & Investigations practice. He focuses on high stakes eDiscovery, computer forensics and corporate investigations on behalf of law firms and corporations throughout the North America, Asia and Europe.

An electronic discovery and computer forensic authority, Mr. Laykin has served as an expert witness throughout the United States in both Federal and state court and has also served as a court-appointed Special Master in matters involving complex eDiscovery and technology investigations. As the co-chair of the GEDI practice, Mr. Laykin directs large-scale corporate investigations and electronic discovery litigation. As a result of his investigations and expert testimony, he and his team have successfully solved/resolved cases valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of Fortune 100 companies both domestically and abroad.

Areas of Investigative Expertise:
  • Cyber-Crime
  • Electronic Fraud
  • Data Breaches
  • Trade Secret Theft
  • Trademark
  • Patent and Systems Design Infringement and Failure
  • Online Piracy
  • Corporate Espionage
  • White Collar Crime
  • Privacy and Data Loss
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Complex Information Technology Disputes
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Erik Laykin
Accountants, CEOs, and other financial professionals need to understand how to leverage the newly emerging tools of computer forensics to protect assets, investigate fraud, and win the case. Investigative Computer Forensics takes the purely scientific aspects of classic computer forensics and marries them to the practical side of investigations and the pursuit of digital evidence in the course of litigation. It provides financial professionals with the necessary practical aids, case examples, and skills needed to leverage computer forensics during eDiscovery and investigations both domestically and abroad.
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Douglas E. Noll
Peacemaker
Post Office Box 2336
Clovis CA 93613
USA
phone: 800-785-4487
fax: 877-765-1353
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PRACTICE AREAS AND EXPERTISE: Peacemaking, mediation and conflict management of difficult community, business and interpersonal conflicts.

From 1978 to 1998, trial lawyer with demonstrated success in complex, difficult, or unique cases. Experienced in both state and federal trial and appellate courts. Experienced in AAA commercial and construction arbitration and SEC/NASD arbitration. Broad range of knowledge, including construction, business, contract, finance, constitutional law, commercial law, and insurance law.

With over 22 years of experience, Mr. Noll has litigated and arbitrated diverse and complex cases before state and federal juries, judges and administrative tribunals. His practice is now devoted to resolving business and interpersonal conflicts without litigation. He has mediated over 400 difficult and complex conflicts including employment disputes (gender discrimination, racial discrimination, wrongful termination) construction defect cases, complex commercial and industrial construction disputes, CERCLA claims, partnership dissolutions, water rights disputes, shareholder disputes, intellectual property litigation, constitutional law cases, land use disputes, financial and commercial disputes, crop losses, estates and trusts litigation, and insurance disputes.

Douglas Noll is a distinguished author of numerous articles and most recently a book entitled: Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts.
3/8/2012 · Mediation
Let's consider what makes this time slightly different than previous times of unrest. The essential facts are that most Americans are suffering through the deepest economic depression since the 1930s. We barely avoided a complete economic collapse and may still see an economic collapse if the euro fails.

11/4/2011 · Mediation
I am reading The Truth About Camp David: The Untold Story about the Collapse of the Middle East Peace Process by Clayton Swisher. This is a modern history of the events in the Clinton administration from 1999 to 2000 concerning US attempts to mediate peace between Israel and Syria and Israel and the Palestinians.

9/23/2011 · Mediation
We have all experienced levels of anger and levels of fear in mediation, and we have witnessed our clients in fear and in anger.

Douglas E. Noll, Esq
In this in-depth analysis, professional mediator Douglas E. Noll goes behind the headlines to understand why crucial negotiations fail. He argues that diplomats often enter negotiations with flawed assumptions about human behavior, sovereignty, and power. Essentially, the international community is using a model of European diplomacy dating back to the 18th century to solve the complex problems of the 21st century. Through numerous examples, the author shows that the key failure in current diplomatic efforts is the entrenched belief that nations, through their representatives, will act rationally to further their individual political, economic, and strategic interests.
Douglas E. Noll, Esq
Sex, politics and religion at the office are potent forces for attaining a sustainable competitive advantage in the post-modern workplace. Whether you are in charge of a Fortune 500 company, a nonprofit, an entrepreneurial enterprise, or just a few workers, if you are sweeping sexuality, political power, and values under the rug, you're leaving three powerful tools in the shed. Repression is not an option. In contrast, the rewards for developing a powerful, healthy workplace are profitable, reliable, and limitless. This unconventional approach, developed by authors John F. Boogaert and Douglas E. Noll, shows you how to unleash the incredible power of sex, politics and religion in your office.
Douglas E. Noll, Esq
In this book, Noll weaves many strands of academic thinking about human conflict into an integrated view of why people fight, how they fight, what they fight over—and how they can instead make peace, whether in the courtroom or beyond.
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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, JD, CPA (Inactive), Mr. Ostrove is a certified specialist in Taxation Law, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California since 1975. He is also a California Certified Public Accountant since 1957 and a California Lawyer since 1960.

Mr. Ostrove is a Professor of Law and Accounting at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He is a Past President of the American Association of Attorneys-Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.

Mr. 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.

David Ostrove has been providing litigation support for 35 years. He has testified in numerous cases in both State and Federal Courts. Mr. Ostrove has been employed by lawyers representing defendants and plaintiffs. He offers expert witness testimony in cases involving Legal and Accountant Malpractice, Business Valuations, Tax Accounting Issues, and Economic Damages. He carefully analyzes the facts, law, and accounting principles and presents supportable, timely, clear opinions.

Mr. Ostrove has been given legal authority to act as a Special Master. His services are also available for Mediation and Arbitration.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties
  • Trustee and Executor Negligence
  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Probate and Trust Issues
  • Business Valuation
  • Economic Damages
  • Forensic Accounting Fraud
  • Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Lost Profits Calculation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Tax Matters - Gift, Estate, Income
  • Reasonable Value of Services
  • Tax Litigation Services
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bad Faith
  • Insurance - Professional Liability
  • IRS Matters
  • Auditor Negligence
  • Tax Preparer Negligence
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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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    Darryl Horowitt, Esq.
    Partner & Chair Litigation Department
    499 West Shaw Avenue,Suite 116
    Fresno CA 93704
    USA
    phone: 559-248-4820
    fax: 559-248-4830
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    Coleman & Horowitt, LLP is a Civil Litigation and Transactions Firm. It provides a wide variety of services to businesses and individuals through its two departments. By concentrating in these areas, members of the firm have become exceptionally proficient in dealing with all phases of preventive law, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and the negotiation and preparation of documentation to meet the needs of today's businesses. The firm has a varied client base ranging from small family operations to large, publicly traded corporations.

    Darryl Horowitt, Esq.Darryl Horowitt, Esq. has conducted all phases of litigation in the areas of Banking, Business Disputes, Securities Fraud (class action and individual), Construction, Real Estate, Environmental, Casualty Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Commercial Collections, from initial client contact to settlement, mediation, arbitration and trial - court and jury (State and Federal Court) and administrative proceedings (before the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, National Labor Relations Board, California Department of Fair Housing and Employment, Worker's Compensation Appeals Board and Agricultural Labor Relations Board).

    Mr. Horowitt has also assisted in transactions, including incorporation, purchase and sale agreements, secured and unsecured transactions, and employment contracts. In the field of alternative dispute resolution, he has served as an arbitrator (for the American Arbitration Association, NASD Regulation, Inc., Better Business Bureau Dispute Resolution Center, and the Fresno and Madera County Superior Courts), mediator (privately and for the Better Business Bureau Dispute Resolution Center), special master (for Judge James Ware, United States District Court, Northern District of California) and judge pro tem (Fresno County Courts).

    Firm's Areas of Practice Include
  • Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business
  • Casualty Insurance Defense
  • Construction Litigation and Transactions
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Law
  • Commercial Collections
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation, arbitration and mini-trials)
  • Estate / Tax Planning
  • As the owner of a business that may be a party to a lawsuit, you need to know about the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI), also known as e-discovery. Why? Because the requirements to preserve and produce ESI are quickly evolving and have often taken over lawsuits as if e-discovery has a life of its own. This article will address the basics of e-discovery so that your business can start taking steps to minimize its impact.

    2/10/2016 · Insurance
    In a previous issue of Legal Brief, I discussed protecting yourself with adequate auto insurance. This is, perhaps, the insurance that is most commonly bought, because every driver is required to be covered by automobile liability insurance. But what about business owners? Should they buy insurance as well?

    11/20/2015 · Legal Issues
    Every day, in almost every city, and in almost every state, a business is served with a subpena. Your business may have received one in the past or may receive one soon. For those who are not regular participants in lawsuits, subpoenas are a mysterious document which you should know about.

    10/1/2015 · Finance
    It is an unfortunate fact of business that from time to time one of your customers will not pay for goods or services you provide. It is a frustrating and sometimes helpless feeling that you have knowing that even though you provided a valuable product or service, for reasons beyond your control you are simply not paid. How do you collect your money? What follows are some techniques that will help you effectively collect your receivables.

    Litigation in our court system has become an expensive, time-consuming, and frus trating process which often yields undesired results. Nevertheless, a trial may be necessary to vindicate certain fundamental rights. For many disputes, however, there are alternatives to trial. This article addresses some of the alternatives, known collectively as "Alternative Dispute Resolution ('ADR')," and their potential benefit.

    Because of the increase in cost of litigation, and the more frequent use of arbitration clauses in all forms of contracts, arbitration is used with increasing frequency. Although arbitration is an excellent choice in many instances, it may not be right in every case. This article will discuss the pros and cons of arbitration so that you may know whether it is right for you.

    10/14/2014 · Forgery & Fraud
    Identity theft should be a concern to all because of its pervasiveness. One form of theft is the opening of a credit card account using a pre-approved credit card solicitation. You may have received one or more of these solicitations every day, if not every week. Sometimes, the same company will send more than one such solicitation. The credit card companies do this because they receive information from credit reporting agencies and those with acceptable credit scores are sent more attractive offers.

    7/25/2014 · Legal Issues
    Many consumer lawyers have argued that the failure to disclose a deferred down payment constitutes a Rees-Levering violation even if the amount of the down payment is accurately stated. An issue did, however, exist as to whether or not the inadvertent exclusion of a deferred down payment on the line for a down payment constitutes a Rees-Levering violation. This question has been answered by the court in Rojas v. Platinum Auto Group, Inc. (January 15, 2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 997.

    4/19/2012 · Banking
    Virtually everyone and every business has a relationship with a financial institution, whether it be a bank, savings bank, or credit union. When the account is opened, there is the hope that nothing will go wrong in the account and that your funds will be preserved.

    For many, the idea of owning your own business and being your own boss is alluring: you set your hours and you alone reap the rewards of your endeavors. Unfortunately, the road to success is often paved with many perils: employee costs continue to spiral as do the cost of goods; increased competition from other companies both here and abroad; more regulation from local, state and federal agencies; etc.

    11/17/2011 · Laws & Procedures
    On virtually any day of the week, you can pick up a newspaper and read about a lawsuit. You read the article and say to yourself: "There but for the grace of God go I." Then, the seemingly inevitable happens: You receive a letter from an attorney (or their client) that you are to be sued, or worse, you are served with a lawsuit.