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Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA
Senior Partner
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CA USA
phone: 818-981-4226
fax: 818-981-4278
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Expert witness testimony for complex litigation involving damage analyses of lost profits, reasonable royalties, lost earnings, and lost value of business, forensic accounting, fraud investigation, investigative analysis of liability, marital dissolution, and tax planning and preparation. Excellent communicators with extensive testimony experience. Prior Big Four accountants. Specialties include: accounting, antitrust, breach of contract, business interruption, business dissolution, construction defects, delays and cost overruns, fraud investigation, asset tracing, intellectual property including patent, trademark and copyright infringement and trade secrets, malpractice, marital dissolution, personal injury and employment litigation, product liability, real estate, securities, spousal support, taxation, unfair advertising, unfair competition, valuation of businesses, and wrongful termination.

Experts:
    Business Litigation and Valuation
    Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA, CFE, ASA,
        CVA, ABV, CGREA, CCRA, CREA
    Dean Atkinson, CPA, CFE, ABV, CAC, CFF
    John Luna, JD/MBA, CPA, ABV, CFF
    David Turner, CPA, ABV, CFF
    Drew Hunt, MBA, CPA, ASA
    Personal Injury / Employment Litigation
    Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA, CFE, ASA,
        CVA, ABV, CGREA, CCRA, CREA
    Venita McMorris, MA
Dr. Barbara Luna is the partner in charge of the commercial litigation department of White Zuckerman. She has been providing Forensic Accounting, Economic Damages, Valuation, and Expert Witness Services for the past 30 years and has testified in court over 450 times. She has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University with application to Physics and Finance and a BA in Physics from Wellesley College. Barbara is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation, a Certified Valuation Analyst, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, and a Certified Financial Forensic. She previously was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand and has taught working capital management, business finance, forensic accounting and intermediate accounting at UCLA Graduate School of Management, California State University at Northridge and Pepperdine University.

Dean Atkinson is a partner in the commercial litigation practice of White Zuckerman. He has testified as an expert witness in Commercial Litigation and Family Law Matters and has been involved in Resolution and Settlement Negotiations since 1987. He holds credentials from the AICPA as a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified Financial Forensics and from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Dean is experienced and has qualified as an expert in business valuation, business litigation and family law matters.

John Luna is a partner in the commercial litigation practice of White Zuckerman. He analyzes Financial, Accounting, Economic Damages, Business, Real Estate and Valuation issues and testifies as an expert witness on his findings. He has been an investment banker with Macquarie Capital, GCA Savian and Lazard. John has a JD from UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif), an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management (Edward W. Carter Fellow), and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified Financial Forensic and a member of the California Bar.

Venita McMorris is a partner and an Economist in the Personal Injury and Employment practice of White Zuckerman. She has been providing economic damages and expert witness services for over 20 years and has testified extensively in court. She has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University. She previously was a manager with Coopers & Lybrand and an economist with a medical malpractice trust in Southern California. Venita has taught macroeconomics and microeconomics to college students at Pasadena City College as a full-time tenured instructor and at Glendale Community College as a part-time instructor.

    Los Angeles
    15490 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 300
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    Phone: (866) 981-4266 or (818) 981-4226
    Fax: (818) 981-4278
    Email: expert@wzwlh.com
    Website: www.wzwlh.com
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Patrick Reynolds
Grandson of RJ Reynolds and anti-smoking advocate
8117 West Manchester Ave Suite 500
Playa del Rey CA 90293
USA
phone: 800-541-7741 or 310-880-1111 (Cell)
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  • Background and Expertise: A grandson of tobacco company founder R.J. Reynolds, Patrick Reynolds first spoke out publicly at a 1986 Congressional hearing in favor of a ban on all cigarette advertising.

    Since then, his advocacy work and appearances in the national press have made him a well known champion of a smokefree society.

    Mr. Reynolds is a frequent guest speaker at universities and health conferences, and also middle and high schools. His talks are often sponsored by health departments and hospitals, as a bridge builder to local communities. He is frequently invited to debate on Fox News Channel, CNBC, CNN and other networks, and has been profiled by most of the world's major newspapers and US TV networks.
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    Steven A. Eisenberg
    Consulting Actuary & Owner
    1136 Old Roswell Rd
    Roswell GA 30076
    USA
    phone: 404-307-9861
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    Steven Eisenberg Insurance Actuary Expert PhotoSteven A. Eisenberg, FSA, MAAA has over 45 years actuarial experience. He offers litigation support nationwide with regard to personal injury and wrongful death economic damages, appropriate mortality, life expectancy (note: population tables, that have not been modified by an actuary for lifestyle, chronic illnesses, family history, result in unreasonably long life expectancies), interest (discount) rates, future increases in income (note: historical experience indicates that wage inflation rates are lower than discount rates). His litigation support also includes life insurance product design and pricing, compensation, illustrations, administration and management services, policyholder tax issues, and product appropriateness.

    Background Experience - Throughout his career, Mr. Eisenberg worked extensively in litigation support as an expert witness including actuarial design, administration and illustration of various life insurance and annuity products, both traditional and non-traditional, universal life (or excess interest products), and both general account and separate account variable insurance products. His expert work includes pricing these products and developing appropriate actuarial assumptions (e.g. mortality and life expectancy, interest and discount rates, agent or broker compensation and expense assumptions).

    He is also a co-inventor of several patents dealing with financial derivatives(swaps) relating to longevity and mortality mitigation.

    In 1986, Mr. Eisenberg pioneered the development of large case COLI and BOLI and unwind strategies that are still used today. He is a renown expert in designing, developing, and evaluating Bank owned life insurance (BOLI) and Corporate owned life insurance (COLI) programs for insurance companies, banks, other financial institutions, brokers and litigation clients. This includes developing appropriate actuarial assumptions (mortality and longevity, lapses and surrenders, expenses, taxes, interest and discount rates, compensation, policy dividends and life insurance company profitability and investment exposure (disintermediation)). He also developed administrative procedures, sophisticated illustration systems (for example, utilization of policy loans and partial surrenders) and insurable interest issues. His expertise includes policy owner tax issues (e.g. Section 264, 7702, 7702A, 1035) and legislative changes. He has evaluated the appropriateness of these products (general or separate account including stable value) for corporate and bank policy owners, including the accounting and financial impact to the policy owners.

    Mr. Eisenberg is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1973) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (1975). He has served as an Instructor of Actuarial Science at Georgia State University and delivers lectures and seminars to associations throughout the United States.

    His services are offered to clients nationwide.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Eisenberg currently provides expert litigation support for all aspects of life insurance and personal injury. He is a renowned expert in:
    • COLI / BOLI Product Design
    • Assumptions & Contracts
    • Tax History
    • Broker
    • Consultant
    • Third Party Administrator
  • Marketing and Administration
  • Compensation and Standards of Practice
  • Benefit Funding and Financial Analysis
  • life settlement
  • Loss Determination
  • Personal Injury economic Damages
  • Life Expectancy and Mortality
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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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    Joseph B. Matheson
    MBA, CPA, ABV, CVA, PFS, CFF
    110 S. Jefferson Road
    Whippany NJ 07981
    USA
    phone: 973-428-8885
    fax: 888-846-4884
    Joseph B. Matheson is a Certified Public Accountant with more than twenty-five years of public and private accounting experience. Mr. Matheson passed the CPA exam with one of the highest scores in the nation, garnering honors at both the state and national level. His knowledge and experience guarantees focus on the needs of businesses and high net worth individuals and providing litigation and forensic support to attorneys and litigants.

    Tax Services:
    • Tax planning & Return Preparation
    • Individuals
    • Corporations
    • Partnerships
    • LLCs/LLPs/LPs
    • Estate, Trust & Gift Returns
    • Not-for-Profit Organizations
    • Taxing Authority Representation
    • Divorce & Support Issues
    • Tax Effects of Buying / Selling a Business
    Litigation Support Services:
    • Fraud & Forensic accounting
    • Damage Reports
    • Business Valuations
    • Economic Loss Reports
    • Expert Witness Testimony
    2/6/2014 · Taxation
    Identity theft remains a top priority for the Internal Revenue Service in 2014. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and refund fraud caused by identity theft is one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS. This year, the IRS continues to take new steps and strong actions to protect taxpayers and help victims of identity theft and refund fraud.

    2/20/2013 · Taxation
    When it comes to retirement many Americans believe they can count on their full Social Security benefits as a core element of income.

    12/4/2012 · Taxation
    While 2012 winds down, there is still time to reduce your tax burden. Here are six ideas that can save money for most of us.

    10/18/2012 · Taxation
    Each year standard mileage rates are set by the IRS. For 2012 they are:

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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 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 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. 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 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 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.

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    Jay Shapiro
    Founder
    2934 1/2 Beverly Glen Circle
    Ste. 507
    Los Angeles CA 90077
    USA
    phone: 310-441-3600
    fax: 310-441-3610
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    Jay Shapiro, CPA, is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in serving the Entertainment and Media Industry on an international basis. An industry veteran with over two decades of experience, he is an exemplary entertainment executive, whose financial acumen has long been lauded among his peers.

    Mr. Shapiro, who honed his skills during the last 35 years at some of the most prominent entertainment companies in the world, is set to expand operations in the acquisition, production and worldwide distribution of filmed entertainment. He has had personal film production experience with such feature films "Batman", "Coming to America", "Animal House", "The Omen" and "Lonesome Dove" among others, and television programs, including "Dallas" and "Knots Landing". He is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    Mr. Shapiro's experience includes over 1,200 engagements involving forensic audits, accounting income taxation, management consulting, and financial advisory services for a diverse group of clients. His significant accomplishments include expert testimony for an international defense contractor, major Hollywood business litigation, public offerings for NASDAQ and AMEX companies, and financial advisor in several workout situations and mergers of companies up to $500 million in revenue.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Shapiro provides extensive forensic investigation and litigation support services to the entertainment industry. He handles all aspects of “Hollywood Accounting.” Having worked in the legal industry for 35 years, Mr. Shapiro has been retained as a damage expert over 75 times and has testified in court over 25 times. Mr. Shapiro's services include consulting, investigation, written formal reports, dispute resolution, depositions, and expert opinion.

    Areas of Professional Expertise:
    • Contractual Disputes
    • Fraud
    • Bankruptcy / Insolvency
    • Participations
    • Royalties
  • Economic Damages
  • Personal Injury/ Lost Earnings Capacity
  • Real Estate Issues
  • Retail Disputes
  • Professional Service Firm Matters
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    David Ostrove, CPA, JD
    Attorney-CPA
    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, 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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    Dr. Karina Sneiderova, MBA, ICFA, ASI
    Vice President
    Headquarters
    Rue General Dufour 22
    Geneva CH-1211
    CHE
    phone: 41-225-752-948
    fax: 41-225-948-025
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    Carlo Scevola & Partners is an International Fiduciary Company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with branches in six continents. We specialize in International Planning, Strategic Consulting and Wealth Management.

    Our clients trust us for everything from setting up an Offshore Company to Mergers and Acquisitions to Business Finance and Asset Protection. CS&P’s customer-centric methodology ensures that each client gets a custom-tailored solution which addresses that business’ individual objectives and requirements.

    Our team has expertise in every functional category and every important geography. From finance to operations to human resources to marketing – from the Americas to Europe to Africa, Asia and Oceania – CS&P can bring together experienced executives who know how to advise you and will make your enterprise a success. All this while always protecting your privacy.

    Services Offered:

    Business and Strategic Consulting
  • S.W.O.T. Analysis
  • Pre-investment Feasibility Studies / Competitive Background Assessments
  • Business Plan Research, Writing and Production
  • Strategy Definition / Implementation
  • Reworking of Operating Processes for International Suitability
  • Industrial Partnership Scouting / Matching
  • Tailor Business Model to Market Environment, Jurisdiction and Local Authorities Requirements

    Corporate Finance:
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and CessionsCommercial Due Diligence or Investment / Financial Appraisals
  • Company Reorganization and Restructuring
  • Financial Feasibility Plans for Industrial Expansion
  • Scouting / Recruiting Highly Qualified Financial Management
  • Exit Strategies in the event of Buy-outs, Buy-ins, Spin-offs or MBOs, MBIs and LBOs
  • Listing on Stock Exchanges

    Offshore Consulting:
  • International Tax Planning
  • Corporate Structuring, Maintenance and Trusts
  • International Contracts Law
  • Jurisdictions
  • Residency and Citizenship
  • International Banking
  • Logistic Support
  • Government Licenses
  • Aircrafts and Vessels
  • Intellectual Property

    CS&P Operates In More Than 80 Countries Around The World.

  • Carlo Scevola and Karina Sneiderova
    Intended as a unique source of inspiration for effective business organization and tax planning, as well as a quick and easy reference book, the Offshore Jurisdictions Guide is a comprehensive and objective guide to offshore jurisdictions offering personal taxation and business opportunities. Providing a solid overview of 100 jurisdictions around the world, this is an essential handbook for financial experts, legal advisors, consultants, and the general public.
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    Commercial Assessment Consultants, Inc.
    Michael J. Schaaf
    President
    23744 Oakfield Road
    Suite 204
    Hidden Hills CA 91302
    USA
    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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    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 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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