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Tiffany R. Couch, CPA/CFF, CFE
Principal / CEO
1603 Officers Row
Vancouver WA 98661
USA
phone: 360-573-5158
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Tiffany Couch Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoTiffany Couch is Principal at Acuity Forensics, a Pacific Northwest forensic accounting firm with a national presence. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. Her expertise is in matters involving fraud investigation, forensic accounting, contract and regulatory compliance, internal control risk assessment, and complex litigation. Professional background and experience includes audit, tax, and business consulting services for government entities and privately held business entities in a range of industries. Ms. Couch is a faculty member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud and forensic accounting, and the author of the book, The Thief in Your Company.

Litigation Support - Tiffany R. Couch has conducted dozens of financial investigations, managed cases involving tens of thousands of documents, and has testified in state and federal jurisdictions. She has worked with local, state, and federal officials to support their work (or provide a resource) in several significant embezzlement cases, and has provided support as a defense expert, as well. Services include legal accounting assessments, subject matter expertise, or financial records review to either build or negate a case.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Contract Disputes
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Estate and Trust Disputes
  • Marital and Business Separations
  • Damages Calculations
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2/21/2018 · Accounting
John was the new ranch manager at Santos Farms. He always liked to get to know the guys who worked for him, and he found that the best way to meet new employees was to personally hand them their paycheck.

1/29/2018 · Accounting
"How could you?!" - not an uncommon thing for me to hear among other professionals in the business of fighting fraud when I tell them I work criminal defense cases. Admittedly, I struggled with the same issue the first time I was called by a defense attorney back in 2008. His client had been accused by a publicly traded company of stealing more than $5M in a sophisticated cash receipt theft scheme.

1/8/2018 · Accounting
A married couple, who owned a business in a small town, called me to investigate some curious items found on their company's bank statements. There was a DISH Network bill being paid through their account, but they didn't have DISH Network as their cable TV provider. When they called the company to ask whose account it was, they were given the name of their bookkeeper. They dug a little deeper into the bank statements and noticed that each month there was a Verizon Wireless bill being paid by them, even though they both used AT&T. Finally, they confronted their beloved bookkeeper, Sienna. A woman in her mid-twenties, Sienna had worked for them since graduating high school, eventually working her way up in the Company to managing the office. Sienna reacted the same way most fraudsters do when they are initially caught, she lied and said that she didn't know anything about it. When pushed, she explained that it was an accident and apologized for the oversight.

Tiffany Couch
This book will educate you and entertain you, pull at your heart strings, and convince you to put her time-tested security blueprint into practice. All types and sizes of organizations will learn how to: * Be familiar with and protect against the most common fraud schemes * Recognize who the typical fraudsters are * Leave the door open for whistleblowers to report suspicious activity * Take specific actionable steps if fraudulent activity is discovered * Understand the emotional impacts of financial crimes
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Norman Katz
Managing Partner
18881 Von Karman, Suite 1175
Irvine CA 92612
USA
phone: 949-263-8700
fax: 949-263-0770
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MCS Associates is a nationally recognized consulting group that has provided financial, operations and regulatory/compliance consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, insurance companies and regulatory agencies as well as real estate and financial services organizations for over 40 years.

Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting are a primary focus of our services. We undertake expert witness assignments throughout the United States and our clients include several hundred leading law firms around the country, working on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant financial institutions, borrowers, depositors, investors, developers, insurance companies and their insured, securities/insurance/real estate brokers/agents, regulators and government agencies, and individuals.

Together with MCS Associates’ specialized resources in banking, financial services and real estate, we also draw on key strategic alliances in insurance, economics, academia and the securities industry to meet a wide range of expert witness needs. Our litigation experts include experienced bankers, lenders, consultants, regulators, managers, brokers & agents in insurance, real estate, and securities; insurance claims and underwriting managers; economists, accountants, appraisers, real estate analysts, and academics.

Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Banking Operations/Administration
  • Check Fraud
  • Lending Policies, Custom and Practice
  • Loan Underwriting & Credit Administration
  • Loan Securitizations & Servicing
  • Bankruptcy, Foreclosures and Workouts
  • Trust & Fiduciary Issues / Operations
  • Securities Brokerage & Investments
  • Valuations & Damages Analysis
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Employment / Compensation
  • Real Estate Brokerage & Management
  • Title Insurance & Escrow
  • Real Estate Appraisal & Transactions
  • Insurance Industry Custom & Practice
  • Insurance Coverages / Claims Handling
  • Insurance Bad Faith
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    Juli Saitz, CPA, CFF, ABV
    Senior Managing Director
    750 Third Avenue
    28th Floor
    New York NY 10017
    USA
    phone: 212-818-1555 (Main) 646-291-8571 (Direct)
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    Juli Saitz Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoJuli Saitz, CPA, CFF, ABV, has over 20 years of experience providing Forensic Accounting, Financial, and Economic Analysis with respect to investigations and Commercial Damages. She joined Ankura in 2015 and currently serves as Senior Managing Director in New York.

    Background Experience - Ms. Saitz began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the financial advisory services practice in New York in 1997. From 2000–2001, she worked in Silicon Valley as a senior general ledger accountant for the startup, GetThere.com where she developed the company’s revenue recognition policies and procedures and implemented a program for managing and depreciating the company’s fixed assets. GetThere.com was acquired by The Sabre Group.

    Ms. Saitz joined KPMG in 2001 and worked on a wide variety of projects prior to its acquisition by FTI Consulting in 2003. She served as Managing Director at FTI Consulting, where she developed and implemented a global royalty compliance program for a Fortune 100 company to monitor and protect its trademark and patent royalty streams. In post–merger scenarios, she assisted buyers, sellers, and neutral arbitrators in working through capital disputes.

    Litigation Support - Juli Saitz offers Forensic Accounting and Commercial Damages expert witness services to attorneys in litigation. She specializes in commercial disputes matters and has significant experience providing financial consulting services relating to financial analysis and damage analysis in a variety of industries including hospitality, consumer products, manufacturing, and entertainment.

    Ms. Saitz has a deep practice relating to Contract and Royalty Compliance with extensive experience serving clients ranging from individual authors to multi-national corporation licensors. Her work in this area includes developing and implementing royalty compliance programs and performing audits of licensees around the world. Ms. Saitz has helped authors and corporate clients recover millions of dollars in asserting their audit rights related to licensed copyrights, trademarks, and patents.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Profit Calculations
    • Damages Calculations
    • Additional Cost Claims
    • Incremental Profit Analysis
    • Licensing and Royalty Determinations
  • Manufacturing and Marketing Capacity
  • Fixed and Variable Cost Analysis
  • Allocation of Costs
  • Evaluation of Forecasts and Projections
  • Product Line Profitability
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    Alistair Hynd
    5 Old Bailey
    London EC4M 7AF
    GBR
    phone: 44-207-0028732
    fax: 44-207-0028895
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    Alistair Hynd has over 15 years experience in Corporate Finance. He heads the Project Finance and Financial Modelling Team that functions at Baker Tilly Corporate Finance, LLP (Baker Tilly). Mr. Hynd specialises in Project Finance, PFI, PPP and Debt Advisory plus Financial Modeling. Mr. Hynd is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and member of the Institute's Corporate Finance faculty. He is also a full member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

    Mr. Hynd's team at Baker Tilly can become involved in Project Finance or Financial Modeling in three ways:
  • Financial Adviser to the Government – structuring projects, evaluating bids, and negotiating detail
  • Financial Adviser to the Consortium – assembling the bid, refining and optimising it, and acting as interface with funding markets
  • Acting for the Banks and other Lenders - providing reassurance that the model on which they are lending is fit for purpose.
  • Other Services Include

  • Capital Markets: Reporting Accountants, Flotation e.g. advice on Financial Structuring, Accounting Systems and Policies, Share Option, Director / Employer Benefits, Audit and Taxation services
  • Due Diligence: Historic Performance, Cash Flows, Assets and Liabilities, Forecasts, Working Capital Requirements, Financial Systems and Controls, Taxation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions / Private Equity:Preparing / Maximise Value from Business Sales, Negotiate Terms and Raise Private Equity / Debt Finance to Support Management Buy Out or Buy In, Raising Private Equity / Debt Finance for Growth, Cash Out or Recapitalisation, etc.
  • Valuations: Shares, Businesses, Options and Warrants, Various Derivatives, Brands and other Intellectual Property, Film and Media Rights,Income Producing Assets
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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 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.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Parker provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He offers Forensic Accounting services, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Money Tracing
    • Business Valuations
  • Divorce Settlements
  • Business Damage Analysis
  • Earning Capacity
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    Danny Dukes, MBA, CPA, CFE
    Managing Partner
    101 Avalon Ct.
    Canton GA 30115
    USA
    phone: 770-406-1820
    fax: 404-393-9019
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    Danny DukeDanny F. Dukes and Associates, LLC is a Forensic Accounting Firm that specializes in expert witness and litigation support services. We have investigated fraud and various financial transactions. We are extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of laws pertaining to financial transactions and lending transactions.

    Our founder, Danny F. Dukes, has spent over 28 years in the financial institutions and mortgage industry. Danny understands all aspects of mortgage and financial institution transactions.

    As a consultant, he has assisted community banks with investment management, asset liability management, investment banking, compliance issues, internal audit, bank operations, bank policies and general accepted accounting principles. He has assisted in a capital raise for de-novo banks. He has also served as a lead on the selection of data processing solutions and transition teams for mergers and acquisitions.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Bank Fraud & Embezzlement
  • Bank Operations & Practices
  • Cash Management
  • Check Processing / Check 21
  • Check Kiting
  • Deposit Accounts
  • Electronic Transactions / ACH, ATMs
  • Embezzlement
  • Loan Administration
  • Money Laundering
  • Payment Processing & Fraud Detection/Prevention
  • Royalty Audits
  • Damage Computation
  • Claims Analysis
  • Determination of Compliance
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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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    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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    Donald M. May, PhD, (Financial Economics), CPA
    Managing Partner
    4 Lynwood Ct.
    Cortlandt Manor NY 10567
    USA
    phone: 212-390-0595
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    Donald May Business Damages Expert PhotoDonald M. May PhD, CPA, Managing Partner at DMA Economics, LLC, possesses over 30 years of Valuation and Economic Damages experience. He implements a broad range of damage analyses and valuations for clients, including billion-dollar investment funds under SEC investigation as well multi-national firms involved in intellectual property disputes, consumers in product mislabeling cases, and small to mid-sized businesses involved in complex commercial litigation.

    Background Experience - Prior to founding DMA Economics LLC, Dr. May was Managing Director at Berkley Research Group and the Principal in charge of valuation and litigation support services for a regional accounting firm, a Managing Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management. He has performed over 200 valuations of closely held businesses across numerous industries for financial reporting and estate planning.

    Dr. May has been published in several distinguished academic and practitioner journals such as The Journal of Finance, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Hedge Fund Law Review, and is currently an editorial board member of The Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis.

    Litigation Support - Dr. May is a world class expert in the Valuation of Damages. Dr. May has prepared expert reports and testified in federal and state courts as well as AAA, JAMS, and FINRA arbitration hearings, and has also effectively communicated as an expert witness testifier and consultant in several multi-million dollar cases.

    Recent Litigation Matters:
    • Misrepresentations in Leveraged Buyout (“LBO”) Financing Practices
    • Theft of Trade Secrets, Trade Dress, and Intellectual Property
    • Food Product Mislabeling
    • Securities Fraud Under SEC Section 10b-5 and Section 11
    • Accounting Misstatements in Public and Private Company Acquisitions
    • Lost Profits and Lost Enterprise Value Associated with Product Defects and Breach of Contract
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    1/19/2018 · Economics
    Benchmarks are the basis for damages. But when the assumptions behind the benchmarks fail to stand up to Daubert scrutiny, expert testimony may be excluded.

    12/14/2017 · Economics
    This article finds evidence consistent with the hypothesis that managers consider personal risk when making decisions that affect firm risk. I find that Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) with more personal wealth vested in firm equity tend to diversify. CEOs who are specialists at the existing technology tend to buy similar technologies. When specialists have many years vested, they tend to diversify, however. Poor performance in the existing lines of business is associated with movements into new lines of business.

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    David E. Nolte, CPA
    888 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 2000
    Los Angeles CA 90017
    USA
    phone: 213-787-4100
    fax: 213-891-1300
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    Our analysis and research combined with unique presentation techniques have resulted in an unequaled track record in successful court cases and client recoveries. Our personnel are full time and fully focused on the services we provide. We thoughtfully incorporate technology into our work to provide great results at a more reasonable cost. Our expertise encompasses damages analysis, lost profit studies, business & intangible asset valuations, fraud investigations, statistics, forensic economic analysis royalty audits, strategic & market assessments, competitive surveys, personal injury and employment damages, and a wide range of other financial advisory services. We serve the entire nation.
    11/8/2017 · Economics
    Damage experts don’t always agree regarding the appropriate discount rate and underlying methodology for a lost earnings claim and certain commonly applied methods actually provide a windfall to Plaintiffs. The chosen rate can make a meaningful difference in the economic damages conclusion. A recent article, "Lost Compensation Settlement Tool Allows You To Assess Economic Damages Accurately And Efficiently, Under Various Scenarios", demonstrates the significance of the applied rate on damages.

    8/12/2015 · Accounting
    The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has opened the door significantly wider for those who wish to pursue qui tam False Claims Act suits by reversing a dismissal of two such matters. Ruling en banc in United States ex rel. Hartpence v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc., the Ninth Circuit has removed a prior restriction that any prior public disclosure must have originated from the whistleblower as well.

    A recent case addressed the interesting question of whether a corporation could serve as an expert witness. The matter involved a breach of fiduciary duty case coordinated with an appraisal proceeding, in re Dole Food Company ("Dole"). The defendants designated Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated ("Stifel"), a corporation, to serve as their expert witness regarding the value of Dole.

    2/13/2015 · Patents
    Royalty arrangements within patent licenses have long been constrained by an almost 50 year old Supreme Court decision in Brulotte v. Thys Co that prevents collection of royalties after a patent has expired. The Justices have now agreed to revisit the precedent set by that often-criticized ruling in a current case, Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc.

    8/16/2014 · Accounting
    In a recent case involving the City of Pomona ("Pomona") v. SQM North America Corporation ("SQM"), Pomona alleged that SQM's importation of sodium nitrate for fertilizer caused a perchlorate contamination in the city. Although the district court excluded under Daubert the expert testimony of Pomona's expert witness on causation, the Ninth Circuit reversed the ruling, stating that "facts casting doubt on the credibility of an expert witness and contested facts regarding the strength of a particular scientific method are questions reserved for the fact finder". The case was remanded for trial.

    7/16/2014 · Accounting
    In association with general cost cutting measures over recent years, many companies have pressured their vendors to reduce fees. This downward pressure has extended to the accounting firms hired to provide independent audit opinions, resulting in a significant drop in audit fees. According to Audit Analytics, audit fees in 2012 were $472 per $1 million of revenue, the lowest amount since 2004. The question is whether audit quality has been sacrificed in order to achieve these reductions.

    4/24/2014 · Damages
    The Eastern District of Texas is well known for its intense patent activity and already provides early disclosure of infringement and invalidity contentions to facilitate faster resolution of these cases. The Court has now taken similar action by providing an option for accelerated damage discovery, including requiring a two week turnaround between defendant's production of potentially infringing sales data and plaintiff's good faith estimate of damages. Accomplishing this will require expert assistance immediately in the process. Even for cases that do not settle, this damage estimate will inform the Court's discovery decisions and resource allocations.

    2/7/2014 · Surveys
    In the course of affirming the district court's decision in Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC v. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., 2013 WL 6017396, Judge Posner went a step further. While upholding the injunction, he ended his assessment with some comments "for future reference" when it comes to consumer surveys offered to demonstrate consumer confusion in support of a trademark infringement claim:

    A recently affirmed decision to grant judgment for the defendant as a matter of law highlights the importance of expert testimony that is consistent with previously-disclosed opinions presented in a Rule 26 report. In Rembrandt Vision Technologies, Inc. v. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., the expert's testimony was struck because of critical discrepancies, leaving the plaintiff with no basis for claimed patent infringement.

    9/19/2013 · Legal Issues
    The decision in United States vs. Windsor (No. 12-301, June 26, 2013) by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) creates important tax issues and opportunities. These include potential refunds for same-sex married couples and their employers for years not closed by the statute of limitations.

    7/10/2013 · Damages
    A Delaware federal court recently closed the door on each of two possible paths to damages for Plaintiff in the matter of AVM Technologies, LLC v. Intel, Inc. (Civil Action No. 10-610-RGA). U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews granted Defendant's motion to exclude Plaintiff's expert, while also granting Defendant's motion in limine to preclude any proposed expert testimony from the inventor of the patent in question.

    6/18/2013 · Damages
    Lost compensation is a method of capturing economic damages in personal injury, medical Malpractice, wrongful termination, failure to promote and other similar torts.

    5/21/2013 · Damages
    In a unanimous opinion, the California Supreme Court clarified that trial courts may use either California Evidence Code Sections 801(b) or 802 to admit or exclude the expert's testimony.

    Electronic data comprises a large portion of discovery and provides efficiencies in searching and manipulating the data for further analysis.

    3/11/2013 · Damages
    Plaintiffs often desire short cuts to damage measurements. Given the cost of using experts employing proper methods and data, the temptation is obvious.

    1/22/2013 · Damages
    In re: Apple vs. Motorola, the parties sued each other for patent infringement involving smartphones. Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, sitting by designation, threw out all damage witnesses for both parties on Daubert motions. Then, since both parties lacked damages testimony, he dismissed both cases with prejudice.

    An extraordinary amount of time is incurred in discovery asking for records that may not even exist, or asking for records that do exist, but the other side declines to produce records that were not requested using just the right terms.

    8/27/2012 · Expert Witnessing
    The following suggestions result from my experience serving as a witness, watching hundreds of other expert witnesses, and locating witnesses when servings as a confidential consultant. They are intended to help attorneys avoid common mistakes in selecting an expert witness.

    Appraisal disciplines have a confusing array of credentials. This occurs because:

    Intellectual Property licensing is big business, and is getting bigger. But most licensors do not earn as much as they should because they fail to perform royalty audits allowed under their license agreements.

    The IRS adopted a substantially revised Form 990 that calls for significantly expanded corporate governance disclosures.

    10/28/2005 · Expert Witnessing
    In many respects, the cross-examination of an expert witness is the same as for other witnesses. Some basics include: Be brief…Do not quarrel with the witness…Never ask a question to which you do not already know the answer…Avoid one question too many…and so on. However, there are some important differences

    7/20/2004 · Legal Issues
    If you want to improve your chances of success, commit these ideas to stone. Then follow them religiously.1. Keep it simple This is the greatest commandment, and the one most frequently violated. Too much information in a visual aid will confuse rather than clarify. Creativity does not mean complication. To achieve your goal, invoke the following guidelines

    Computers contain evidence useful in many human resource circumstances. Allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, and unfair discharge are serious threats that are better understood by knowing what an employee did. Since computers are such a pervasive part of most employees' work lives, analysis of data stored on these computers helps address these issues

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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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    Michael GaribaldiOne 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 the many complex issues facing the legal profession today.

    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.

    Mr. Garibaldi provides valuation and litigation support services, assisting attorneys and their clients with the financial aspects of a case throughout the litigation process, from contemplation of action through expert witness testimony. He brings an in-depth understanding of the business and technical aspects of valuation, finance and accounting that is required in complex litigation and arbitration cases.

    Mr. Garibaldi qualifies as an expert in valuation matters in the Supreme Courts of New York, Nassau, Suffolk, Kings, Richmond, Monmouth, Orange, and Westchester Counties, and has been called upon by the courts to serve as a neutral Expert. As an instructor of the AICPA Certificate of Educational Achievement Program in Business Valuation, Mr. Garibaldi teaches his specialty to other professionals.

    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.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Auditing
    • Bankruptcy
    • Business
    • Business Law
    • Business Valuation
    • Lost Profits
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Investigation, Embezzlement
  • Personal Property Valuation
  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • White Collar Crime
  • Dissolutions
  • Wrongful Death, Termination
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    12/14/2017 · Economics
    Most lawyers know how big a problem occupational fraud is in corporate America. They may even count as clients companies that have been defrauded and suffered significant losses. Yet a "not at my firm" attitude persists among many partners who take for granted the honesty and integrity of their colleagues and staff.

    11/20/2017 · Finance
    When a dishonest CFO or controller cooks the books, it can be devastating for the victim organization. In addition to direct financial losses, financial statement frauds erode trust between management and other stakeholders, including lenders, investors and employees who own company stock. Unfortunately, it's common for smaller companies to associate financial misstatement with large public companies that focus heavily on earnings per share.

    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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    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 CPA, CFF, CGMA, CFE, CVA, MAFF, CA, CIRA, CDBV 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 40 years of experience in accounting, financial analysis, financial forensics, business economics, fraud examinations and investigations in diverse engagements and numerous industries, including more than 20 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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    Scott D. Hampton, CPA, ABV, CFF
    Principal
    500 North Market Place Dr., Suite 200
    Centerville Utah 84014
    USA
    phone: 877-328-9888
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    Hampton IP is one of the nation’s most trusted Intellectual Property expert consulting and expert witness service firms.

    Over the course of the past three decades we have worked on more than 200 cases involving high-profile intellectual property valuations, economic damages calculations, financial impact analyses, patent, trademark and copyright issues, trade secrets, false advertising, breach of contract and construction and defect matters for major corporations and law firms throughout the nation. Hampton IP has been engaged by some of the most prominent law firms in the United States including Baker & McKenzie, K&L Gates, Reed Smith, McDermott Will & Emery, McGuire Woods, Nixon & Vanderhye, Perkins Coie, Davis Wright Tremaine, Milbank Tweed and Greenberg Traurig.

    Hampton IP employs some of the most experienced experts in the nation. Our principal consultant, Scott Hampton, began his career in 1986 and has earned a national reputation for his detailed, extremely thorough Rule 26 reports as well as his ability to provide articulate and convincing deposition and trial testimony.

    Because we focus primarily on intellectual property damages, we know how to quickly discover the relevant facts and evaluate the conditions of your claim. Our familiarity with intellectual property law gives us the ability to produce a solid report and expert testimony that can withstand intense scrutiny.

    Forensic & Investigative Services
  • Economic Remedy Calculations
  • Mediation Assistance
  • Expert Testimony
  • Fraud Investigations

  • We have the expertise to establish the impact of
  • Breach of Contract Disputes
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Fraudulent Behavior
  • Patent Infringement
  • Preliminary Injunctions
  • Royalty Disputes
  • Trade Dress Infringement
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Trademark Infringement

  • Scott D. Hampton is a CPA, ABV, CFF, and the founder of the Firm. He has over 27 years of forensic accounting experience valuing economic damages due to patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

    In an effort to move United States copyright law into the digital age, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in 1998. The DMCA is the beginning of an ongoing effort to modernize the nation's copyright law.1 In an ever-changing digital world, copyright law must continue to evolve with technology.

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    L. Lamar Blount
    CPA/CFF, FHFMA
    P.O. Box 2166
    Atlanta GA 30077-2166
    USA
    phone: 770-645-5989
    fax: 770-282-8410
    During 30+ years of serving the Healthcare Industry, Mr. Blount has served more than 300 clients in 30 states in the areas of Reasonable Charges (UCR), Medical Billing; False Claims, Regulatory Compliance, Reimbursement, Damage Quantification, and Financial Management.

    Mr. Blount is a Fellow and Certified Financial Professional in HFMA, member of the American Institute & Georgia Society of CPAs, and National Association of Health Underwriters, and has been an Arbitrator for American Health Lawyers Association. He has been admitted as an expert in multiple US District and State Courts and Administrative Hearings, and has testified for plaintiffs and defendants, providers, payors and government clients.

    A nationally recognized author, Mr. Blount has co-authored AMA’s best selling "Mastering the Reimbursement Process" book.

    Expertise Includes:
  • Accounting
  • APCs
  • Business Damages
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Cost Reports
  • DRGs
  • ERISA
  • False Claims - Fraud
  • HIPAA
  • ICD & CPT Coding
  • Insurance
  • Rate Setting
  • Self Disclosure
  • Valuations
  • CV and Legal references provided upon request.
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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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    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. The 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.

    Litigation Support - Robert Bates has worked with dozens of lawyers on over 50 cases in various states. Sometimes he provides financial support for a client in litigation, or pre-litigation, and other times he provides a report, such as a damages calculation, which can be used in litigation. He also has experience providing testimony in depositions and trials.

    Legal Services:
    • Unbiased Case Analysis
    • Discovery Review & Recommendations
    • High-Impact Demonstrative Exhibits
    • Strategy and Tactics Conferences
    • Damage Calculations
    • Cash Flow Analysis Reports
    • Profit and Loss Analysis
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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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    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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