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Gary G. Capata, CPA
Kerrie Merrifield, CPA, CFF
28202 Cabot Road
Suite 245
Laguna Niguel CA 92677
phone: 949-364-0334
fax: 949-364-0362
Capata & Co. has been providing Forensic Accounting litigation support for over 25 years. Their expert auditing skills be used to provide an analysis of financial records in cases involving economic disputes, fraud, and theft investigation.

Areas of Forensic Accounting Expertise:
  • Forensic Accounting and Investigations
  • Economic Damages
  • Business Valuation
  • Lost Profits Analysis
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Contract Non-Compliance
  • Gary Capata Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoGary G. Capata, CPA has over 35 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. He has substantial experience in Forensic Accounting and litigation support with qualifications as an expert witness in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Solano, and Fresno Counties.

    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.

    Mr. Capata has been qualified to testify in Federal Court and U.S. Tax Court. He is available to present an opinion to support or oppose evidence submitted to the court. Mr. Capata's services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    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, related damage analysis, writing business valuation reports, Rule 12 reports that are used in Federal courts, and testifying as an expert witness.

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    Commercial Assessment Consultants, Inc.
    Michael J. Schaaf
    23744 Oakfield Road
    Suite 204
    Hidden Hills CA 91302
    phone: 818-888-2013
    fax: 818-888-2063
    Specialties: Property Tax Assessment & Valuation Issues affecting California Property.

    Consulting/Expert Witness Experience Civil: Testified in court and jury trials on issues related to property tax payments & adverse possession.

    Previous Positions/Appointments: Former Deputy Assessor, County of Los Angeles; Former Manager, Arthur Anderson; Former Senior Manager, Price Waterhouse.

    Publications: Quarterly Columnist, California Real Estate Journal; Frequent Contributor, Los Angeles Business Journal.

    Degrees/Licences: BS, Business Administration-Management Option, California State Univ, Northridge.
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    David Ostrove, CPA, JD
    499 N. Canon Drive
    Beverly Hills CA 90210
    phone: 323-939-3400
    fax: 323-939-3500
    David Ostrove Estate Tax Law Expert PhotoDavid Ostrove, CPA, JD, 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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    Christopher G. Linscott, CPA, CFE, CIRA
    3443 N Campbell Avenue, Suite #115
    (See Eric A. Lee's Address Below)
    Tucson AZ 85719
    phone: 520-884-0176
    fax: 520-884-8767
    Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, PC (KLK) is a full service accounting firm with over 20 years of experience providing expert services as Certified Public Accountants, Certified Fraud Examiners, Forensic Accountants, and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.

    KLK's litigation support team assists clients and their attorneys to prepare for the financial and economic facets of settlement or trial proceedings. They perform in depth analyses and provide clear and detailed explanations of findings. They assist attorneys as consultants or in the court in a wide range of cases and investigations. Their role can involve fact finding, discovery, settlement negotiations, trial support, and expert witness testimony.

    The professionals at KLK have testified as experts in Federal, District, Bankruptcy, State, and Tax Courts, as well as before arbitration panels. They have the proven ability to develop and communicate compelling analyses of accounting, economic and financial information to judges and juries in plain, simple language through affidavits, written reports, oral testimony, and trial graphics.

    Litigation Support Services::
    • Analyze damages involving commercial litigation and damages involving individuals, including lost profit analysis, owner disputes, employee/employer disputes, personal injury, and business interruption claims
    • Evaluate opposing party's financial damages report to uncover any hidden facts or missing information in a business damages case
    • Divorce litigation, including analysis of sole and separate property issues
    • Locate hidden assets
    • Analyze preference claims, inter-company transfers of assets, and fraudulent conveyances
    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. Mr. Linscott was previously employed with the international CPA firms of Coopers & Lybrand (now Price­water­houseCoopers), and Peat Marwick (now KPMG). He has over 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, is a Principal and Phoenix Practice Leader in the Consulting Services group of KLK. A Certified Fraud Examiners, he serves in testifying expert and consulting expert roles in litigation, forensic accounting, fraud and investigation services, and criminal matters both in the United States and internationally.

    Mr. Lee 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.

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

    Mr. Lee has prepared expert reports, affidavits and disclosures, and testified/presented as an expert in Federal, State, and Tribal jurisdictions.

    Eric Lee's Scottsdale / Phoenix Office
    8800 N. Gainey Center Drive, Suite 278
    Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    Phone: 480-374-6394
    Fax: 520-884-8767

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    Christopher Morse
    8365 North Fresno Street, Suite 110
    Fresno CA 93720
    phone: 559-389-5700
    fax: 559-389-5701
    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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    Briggs P. Stahl, CPA, ABV, CFF, CBA
    Diane L. Womack, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE
    See Multiple Locations Below
    FL USA
    phone: 813-936-0313
    fax: 813-936-0939
    Stahl Forensic & Valuation Experts a licensed CPA firm, is a premier provider of Forensic Accounting and Litigation Consulting services in Florida specializing in Business Valuation, Tax, and Investigative Accounting services. They consult and provide expert testimony in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, eminent domain, tax and matrimonial proceedings in Tampa, Orlando, throughout Florida, and nationwide. Our skilled professionals have extensive training and credentials in accounting, financial forensics, valuation and fraud investigation.

    Their forensic accountants have provided testimony in over 15 states and counting. They perform investigations and valuations for companies in a variety of industries and ranging from small privately held businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

    Forensic & Litigation Expertise:
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Financial Investigations
    • Dissenting Shareholder Actions
    • Insurance Claims
    • Shareholder Disputes
  • Bankruptcy
  • Matrimonial Dissolutions
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Due Diligence
  • Briggs Stahl Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoBriggs P. Stahl, CPA, ABV, CFF, CBA, President of Stahl Forensic and Valuation Experts has over 30 years of experience in litigation consulting and has testified as an expert or provided expert opinion in deposition in business valuation, family law, eminent domain, business damages, and trust and estate matters on over 600 occasions. He has been certified as an expert in both State and Federal Courts. He has served as a court-appointed expert and as a Special Master on a number of occasions.

    Mr. Stahl is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in Florida and Kentucky. He was among the first CPAs in the country to earn the ABV credential at its inception in 1998. Briggs is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is also certified as a Business Appraiser (CBA) by the Institute of Business Appraisers.

    He was recently admitted as a Charter Member of the AAML Foundation’s Forensic & Business Valuation Division. The elite group of just 28 members nationwide were selected on the basis of their national reputation and achievements in litigation support, forensic accounting and business valuation, their history of serving AAML members and their clients in complex financial matters during divorce proceedings, and their commitment to integrity in the process.

    Diane Womack Business Damages Expert PhotoDiane L. Womack, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, is a Shareholder at Stahl Forensic & Valuation Experts and the managing partner of the Orlando office. She has more than 20 years of litigation consulting and accounting experience specializing in forensic accounting, valuation and business damages. Ms. Womack has provided expert services in matters involving white-collar crime, breach of contract, shareholder disputes, business interruption claims, lost profits, damages claims and business valuation issues. She has been qualified as an expert witness in Federal and State court.

    Diane Womack is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in Florida and New York. She is accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She was also an author of the 2011 Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Trend Survey.

    Stahl Tampa Office
    8626 N. Himes Ave.
    Tampa, FL 33614
    Telephone: 813-936-0313
    Fax: 813-936-0939
    Stahl Orlando Office
    390 N. Orange Ave., #1890
    Orlando, FL, 32801
    Telephone: 407-217-6900
    Fax: 407-217-2967

    Stahl Consulting Group Accreditations Expert Photo

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    11/21/2014 · Accounting
    Forensic accounting is a highly specialized field within the overall discipline of accounting that developed decades ago. The forensic accountant must have knowledge far greater in depth and breadth than a mere accountant or even a CPA. They must have the ability to trace and analyze complex financial transactions and data to formulate an opinion that will stand up to scrutiny and is defensible in court, if need be. Developing a defensible opinion, sometimes without the aid of all the information due to difficulty or inability to obtain records, requires special skills and years of experience to reach the best conclusions.

    "Briggs Stahl, CPA, ABV, CFF, CBA, President of Stahl Forensic and Valuation Experts, was recently admitted as a Charter Member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Foundation’s Forensic & Business Valuation Division"
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    Stephen Zamucen
    17848 Sky Park Circle,Suite C
    Irvine CA 92614
    phone: 949-955-2522
    fax: 949-724-3817
    Stephen ZamucenStephen Zamucen's (Zamucen & Curren) areas of concentration include Business Valuation, Forensic Accounting, Economic Damages, Fraud Investigation, Eminent Domain, Goodwill Losses, Alter Ego and Mergers & Acquisitions consulting and testimony. He is a recognized Expert Witness in these areas. Mr. Zamucen received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Santa Clara University. He has achieved the American Institute of CPA's designation and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV). He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and a Charter Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Mr. Zamucen has been an instructor for the University of Irvine, Extension Program, California State University Long Beach, Extension Program and numerous Bar and CPA Programs throughout the past 20 years.

    Zamucen & Curren CPA's have been court appointed in over 100 cases in the past 20years. The firm has collectively testified over 700 times. Areas of testimony have included:

    Business Valuations
    • Sale/purchase of Business
    • Buy/Sell Agreements
    • Minority Interest Discount Calculations
    • ESOPs
    • Eminent domain
  • Corporate Liquidations
  • Estate and Gift Taxes
  • Divorces
  • Bankruptcies
  • Valuation of Intangible Assets
  • Forensic Accounting
    Fraud Investigation
    Economic Damage Calculations for Businesses and Individuals
    Expert Witness Testimony
    • Qualified in over 20 State Courts and Federal Courts
    Computer Support for Litigation
    Goodwill Impairment
    Merger and Acquisition Consulting
    Corporate "Alter Ego" Analysis and Testimony
    Stephen M. Zamucen
    The purpose if this guide is to provide links to resources of compensation information in the form of surveys, guides, reports, and databases. The list of sources included should be of interest to job seekers, employers, human resources professionals, forensic accountants, business appraisers, etc.
    Stephen M. Zamucen
    A practical framework to understand and detect fraudulent financial reporting.
    Stephen M. Zamucen
    This practical "how to guide" takes you through the entire sale/purchase of a business. Brokers, appraisers, attorneys and accountants will benefit from the distilled knowledge that is packed into five chapters. Many fill-in forms, checklists and examples.
    Stephen M. Zamucen
    The purpose of this book is to allow the reader to view an overview of relevant statutory and case law regarding Financial Fraud in California. This booklet will help the reader to understand legal liabilities of Financial Fraud. The authors of this book make every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information herein. However, because the legal profession is always in flux and open to interpretation, the practitioner should always research any issue brought before him or her to clarify current law as it applies to his or her cases.
    Stephen M. Zamucen
    The purpose of this book is to serve as a guideline to attorneys dealing with Family Law Issues. This book is meant to serve as a practical guide to many of the reoccurring issues involved in Family Law cases. He guide should be useful for all attorneys, representing both petitioner and respondent, in evaluating cases dealing with this area of the law. Its analysis of current case law and statues will also serve in helping attorneys from a frame work of their client’s cases.
    Stephen M. Zamucen
    Essential for the attorney to get the most from his accounting expert, and for the accountant to deliver! Handy checklists. Found in many judges' chambers in Orange County.
    Stephen M. Zamucen
    The purpose of this book is to serve as a guideline for attorneys about intellectual property and, specifically as a means to assess damages. This book is meant to be a practical guide for evaluating cases dealing with this area of the law. This guide is useful for all attorneys, representing either plaintiffs or defendants, because of its analysis of current case law and commonly used damage assessment techniques.
    Stephen M. Zamucen
    How To Value Over 100 Closely Held Businesses is a real world guide to how businesses are valued. The book contains a section on how to value the five general types of businesses including manufacturing, wholesale, professional practices, retail and service businesses. The book also reviews the three approaches to business valuation and various methodologies. Finally, there are sections on over 100 specific types of businesses with information on how to value them.