Expert Witness Consulting Services, LLC (EWCS) provides a range of services to law firms, litigation trustees and others engaged in expert witness and related activities. We provide up-front assessment of cases, drafting assistance in writing the economic core of complaints; other consulting expert work; and testifying expert witness reports and testimony. As an affiliate of Gordian Group (one of the leading national restructuring investment banking firms), EWCS can tap Gordian's vast experience in litigation assignments, particularly relating to matters involving solvency, valuation, fairness and Board of Directors responsibilities. In addition, EWCS has built a nationwide cadre of other independent experts so that we can assist law firms and mediators in finding the right expert for each case. EWCS connects vetted and specialized expert witness professionals to law firms across the nation. With its incremental, litigation-experienced human resources and national recognition within the legal community, EWCS’ mission is to work diligently with client law firms and mediators to provide exceptional work product in an efficient manner, starting with finding the right expert for each case.
As Consultants, the professionals at EWCS are able to provide clients and Boards of Directors with advice and guidance in structuring transactions appropriately, and in delivering financial opinions in connection with the same. They can reconstruct financial data through forensic analysis in order to explain how financial markets or decision makers may have made decisions. When it comes to evaluating the performance of boards, management teams, and financial institutions, the experts at EWCS are well-positioned to have a credible point of view, given their experience in cleaning up the aftermath of corporate disasters and fraud up close. The EWCS professionals have substantial experience in most industries, including but not limited to aerospace and defense; consumer goods; electronic technology; finance and insurance; food and beverages; heavy industry and manufacturing; life sciences; metals & mining; oil & gas and energy; real estate and hospitality; and retail and apparel. Their experts have done transactions within these segments, and use their “real world” experience in approaching projects.
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Kelly T. Hickel, Co-founder at EWCS, is a Financial and Business Advisor who has served as a senior executive for over 30 years. Mr. Hickel has many years of experience in the technology industry and with turnarounds of troubled companies. Throughout his career, he has arranged numerous private and public company financings and financial restructurings and has raised and/or returned over a $1 billion to investors and lenders. Mr. Hickel served as Turn-around President to Miniscribe Corp., a troubled Fortune 500, $600 million annual revenue disk drive manufacturer, and President of the Maxwell Technology Information Systems Group from 1993 until 1997, during which, Maxwell was the 9th best performing stock on NASDAQ and the #1 performing stock in California in 1996. As Chairman and Chief Restructuring Office of The Tyree Company in Farmingdale, New York, Mr. Hickel was responsible for running the largest oil downstream services company in the northeast. With all of his experience, he then founded and managed emerging Pharmaceutical companies, taking a product through FDA approval for a supplement through distribution in over 2000 retail pharmacy outlets.
Jim Timmins, ASA BV/IA, MAFF, CEP, is the Managing Director and heads the valuation, litigation, and advisory services practices at Teknos. He has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 35 years, as a Valuation expert, a Venture Capitalist, and an Investment Banker. Mr. Timmins has overseen 1,000s of valuations, fairness opinions, and solvency opinions in connection with financial reporting, tax compliance, merger and acquisition transactions, financings, spin-offs, and recapitalizations, and litigation. He has also participated in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, private placements, and public offerings during his career. Prior to forming Teknos, Mr. Timmins was a Managing Director at Pagemill Partners, where he created and managed the valuation practice. Before that he was the Managing Director of the Silicon Valley office of NIF Ventures (the venture capital arm of Daiwa Securities SMBC of Japan), and a General Partner of Glenwood Ventures and Glenwood Capital. Earlier in his career, he held positions in investment banking at Hambrecht & Quist and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Timmins has served as an expert witness for more than 60 cases involving valuation, fiduciary duty, and venture capital practice. He has been retained as an expert by both plaintiffs and defendants.
Paul S. Black, President of Paul S. Black & Assoc., Inc. has more than 35 years of experience as a Real Estate Market Feasibility Analyst, including multiple types of residential, office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties. Mr. Black has been employed by local and international accounting firms in their real estate consulting groups as well as local and regional consulting companies. For 20 years, Mr. Black has served as a lecturer/adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Principles and Practices as well as Real Estate Market Analysis at the graduate (MBA) and undergraduate levels. Areas of Expertise: Economic Damages, Construction Defects / Delay Damages, Lost Revenue / Profits, Unjust Enrichment, Due Diligence, Commission Disputes, Procuring Cause, Real Estate Brokerage, Broker/Realtor Standard of Care, Code of Ethics – National Association of Realtors (NAR), Real Estate Disputes, Fraud / Misrepresentation, Insurance Defense, Eminent Domain, Market Feasibility / Evaluation.
Craig A. Wolson acts as a Structured Finance and Derivatives Expert Witness and Consultant. He specializes in cases involving credit default swaps (CDS), collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other types of derivatives and securities.
Background Experience Includes: Acting on behalf of 40,000 investors in $1.6 billion class action suit against bankrupt sponsor of special purpose issuer of notes secured by notes issued by CDO and credit default swaps with sponsor; acting on behalf of class led by two major pension funds against a major bank and numerous large underwriters involving mortgage-backed securities issued by several vehices established by the bank, and securities issued by the bank; acting on behalf of large investment bank defendant in arbitration proceeding brought by another large investment bank involving nine CDOS established by defendant; acting on behalf of large bank that had invested in now-worthless notes issued by SIV established by defendant banks; acting on behalf of large bank against another large bank that had sold the former CDOs and CDS.
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Business Valuation Litigation Economic Loss / Damage Analysis and Independent Opinions, Expert Witness Product Warranty and Class Action Settlement Valuation Dealership - Valuation, Profitability and Practices Business Interruption, Minority Interests and Fair Value, Ownership Disputes Estate and Gift Valuation Succession and Business Owner Wealth Transfer Planning Acquisition / Merger Advisory Mining Interest Valuation
Rod Tasker specializes in Payment Services, Transaction Banking, and e-Commerce. He has over 20 years of experience working for major banks in strategic and business planning and cradle to grave product management, including business cases, feasibility, piloting, commercialization, and retirement. Mr. Tasker consults in strategic management and innovative solution delivery in the banking and finance industry. His achievements in Australia and internationally include:
- Leading a team of 25 people in developing an internet payment service
- Developing an enterprise Sales and Service architecture for a major bank
- Developing an international payments business architecture & operations strategy for a major bank
- Obtaining consensus amongst a consortium of 15 global banks for the strategic vision and plan for implementing B2B international ePayments
- Developing a variety of e-Banking and e-Payment products and services
- Building a payments business from start-up as CEO
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Consulting Services - Mr. Tasker is engaged by companies that offer payment services as products or services, or for whom payments are "strategic" or "core," for example, insurance companies, exchanges, retailers, and investors wanting to evaluate payment business acquisitions, mergers, or funding opportunities. His services include:
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Leon Royer has over 40 years of Banking experience, 30 years of which were in executive management positions in banks ranging in size from community banks to multi-billion dollar, multi-state banking organizations.
Please see his attached CV for a detailed description of his activities which span virtually all areas of Lending and Bank Management.
Litigation Support - As an Executive responsible for all phases of Lending, Lending Disciplines, and Credit Assessment, Mr. Royer has special expertise in determining Borrower Creditworthiness. In addition, he possesses a keen interest in assessing the appropriateness of Lender Behavior. He has outstanding references upon request.
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Founder & CEO, Penrose Check-In Services, LLC Dallas, TX – Present CMO & VP Marketing, Walmart Sam’s Club, Bentonville, AR CMO & VP Marketing, VF Corporation VFI, Alpharetta, GA SVP, Ketchum Public Relations, Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX Global Director, Marketing Communications, UPS, Atlanta, GA Marketing Promotion Director, Nabisco Biscuit Division, E. Hanover, NJ
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: International Trademark Association (INTA) American Marketing Association Brand Activation Association, Board of Directors Council of American Survey Research Organizations American Association for Public Opinion Research Marketing Research Association
EDUCATION: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1988 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Education / Math Resource, Illinois State University, 1984
OTHER: Adjunct Marketing Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson, Madison, NJ M.B.A. Case Competition Judge, Emory University, Atlanta, GA Board of Directors, Emory University Goizueta Business School Alumni Association Co-Founder and Board Member Emerita, Leadership Worth Following, Dallas, TX
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