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Steven G. Roberts
CPA/CFF, CFE, CCI, CGMA, FCPA
Sammamish WA 98074
USA
phone: 425-868-3330 ext.151
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Steven Roberts Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoSince 1987, Steven G. Roberts, CPA, CFF, CFE, CCI, CGMA, FCPA, has focused exclusively on Valuation, Economic Analysis, Economic Loss Measurement, Forensic Accounting, and Fraud Examination. His assignments regularly include expert report and exhibit preparation, and deposition and courtroom testimony. Other of his engagements include arbitration, mediation and appraisal testimony.

Mr. Roberts has also been retained directly by the court as a Special Master relative to economic loss measurement and forensic accounting issues. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Forensic Certified Public Accountant. He is also certified by the AICPA in Financial Forensics, is a Certified Criminal Investigator, and is a member of the Academy of Court Appointed Special Masters. Over the past 29 years, Mr. Roberts has been directly responsible for designing, implementing and managing more than 2,000 engagements involving billions of dollars.

He has managed economic loss and valuation engagements in Alaska, Europe, across North America, in Mexico, and throughout the Gulf and Pacific Rim. He is a speaker, lecturer and author of courses and articles on economic damage measurement principles, forensic accounting issues and independent expert practices. Mr. Roberts is the principal and founder of Veritas Forensic Accounting and Economics.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Business Interruption
  • Business Dissolution
  • Economic Viability
  • Class Actions
  • Bellwether Plaintiffs
  • Construction Defect Issues
  • Construction Delay, Cost Overrun
  • Builder's Risk Policies
  • Employee Dishonesty
  • Receivership
  • Bankruptcy
  • Fraud
  • Insurance Loss
  • Inventory Loss
  • Property Damage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Partner Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Securities Damages
  • Wrongful Termination


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    Thomas Neches
    Managing Partner
    633 West 5th Street, Suite 2800
    Los Angeles CA 90071-2039
    USA
    phone: 213-624-8150
    fax: 213-223-2304
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    Thomas M. Neches is an Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified Valuation Analyst, is Certified in Financial Forensics and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Mr. Neches, Managing Partner of Thomas Neches & Company, LLP, has thirty-two years of experience in providing expert testimony on Accounting, Business Valuation and Financial Issues. Mr. Neches has testified on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New York and Oregon. He specializes in applying computer database and statistical techniques to assemble and analyze voluminous and complex data. Mr. Neches holds a BA in mathematics from UC San Diego and an MS in operations research from UCLA.
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    Richard M. Teichner
    CPA, ABV, CVA, MAFF, CFF, CRFAC, DABFA, FCPA, CGMA, CDFA
    Providing Services Nationally
    See Offices in Reno and Las Vegas Below
    NV
    USA
    phone: 775-828-7474
    fax: 775-201-2110
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    Richard M. Teichner, CPA, ABV, CVA, MAFF, CFF, CRFAC, DABFA FCPA, CGMA, CDFA, is a Certified Public Accountant Mr. Teichner, licensed as a CPA with over 40 years of experience. Licensed in both Nevada and California, his concentration in litigation support services and business valuations in most of the recent 20 years of his career, coupled with the many years of a wide range of accounting, tax and business consulting services, enable him and his firm to provide in-depth analyses as an expert witness and consultant in a wide variety of matters. With offices in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Teichner provides services throughout the United States, primarily in complex business litigation and divorce matters. He has performed services for businesses and individuals involved in various industries, such as manufacturing, distribution, retail sales, construction, real estate development, and transportation, and for professional practices, e.g. medical, law and accounting, and other service businesses. Litigation Matters - Mr. Teichner offers expert witness services to attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants. He has testified over 40 times at trial and approximately 30 times at depositions. Mr. Teichner has been engaged as a testifying expert or consultant in a variety of complex business litigation and family law matters. Such matters have involved damages claims, contract disputes, disputes among business owners, fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty and standards of care, personal injury, and in family law matters property division, tracing, alimony, business valuations, and tax implications of divorce. Areas of Expertise:

    • Economic Damages / Lost Profits
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Financial Fraud
    • Personal Injury / Wrongful Death Damages
    • Divorce and Family Law Matters
    • Business Valuations / Appraisal
    • Franchise Valuation
    • Intangible Assets Appraisal
    • White Collar Crime
    • Standards of Care; Breach of Fiduciary Duties
    Reno Office
    3500 Lakeside Ct, Suite 210
    Reno, Nevada, 89509
    Telephone: 775-828-7474
    Las Vegas Office
    8275 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 200
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
    Telephone: 702-724-2645
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    177 Bovet Rd
    Sixth Floor
    San Mateo CA 94402-3116
    USA
    phone: (650) 548-1120
    fax: 650-636-9285
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    Brian A. Sullivan, CPA/ABV, CVA, CBA, CFE, CMAP, is a Forensic Accountant and Business Valuation specialist in the Food and Beverage Industry.

    Mr. Sullivan integrates accounting and auditing knowledge with investigative skills gained from more than 30 years of practical business experience resolving financial disputes, including breach of contract, embezzlement, fraud, personal injury, and shareholder disputes.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Sullivan is an experienced Valuation Expert Witness and court-appointed referee who specializes in Food and Beverage Business Valuations. One of the few individuals with multiple accreditations (including CPA/ABV and CVA), as well as a background in forensic accounting and business valuation, he is strongly qualified. When attorneys for food and beverage companies need an expert witness who works directly with them and has a reputation for clarity and composure on the stand, they turn to Mr. Sullivan.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Accounting
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Business Valuations
    • Economic Consulting
  • Economic Damages
  • Financial Matters
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Lost Profits
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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF
    2017 CA - CPA of the Year
    Offices in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area
    Los Angeles CA USA
    phone: 818-631-3192
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    Sidney Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of Forensic Accounting, Intellectual Property Economic Damages, Royalty Audits, and General Economic Damages. Leading contract terms and licensing expert. 2017 California CPA of the Year & 2012 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year. Background - A financial damages expert witness with particular strength in patents, trademarks, copyrights, DMCA, toys, entertainment, oil & gas, malpractice, breach of contract, and consumer products. He served as Chief Audit Officer at Beats Electronics, nine years as an accounting firm Partner including five as a Big 4 Partner, and staff experience with Fortune 50 companies Occidental Petroleum, Unocal, and the Walt Disney Company where he was a member of the internal audit departments. While with Ernst & Young, he led fraud and forensic investigations nationally for their internal audit practice. Vice Chair (2016-2017) Board of Regents of the 80,000 member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Lead more than 1,500 financial investigations. Litigation Support - As a Financial and Economic Damages expert witness, Mr. Blum has worked on matters from simple to several billion dollars complex litigations. He has testified on more than 40 occasions, equally for plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of State, Federal, and USITC matters. Mr. Blum is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA. Areas of Expertise:

    • Complex Financial Litigation
    • Patents
    • Copyrights
    • Trademarks
    • False Advertising
    • Malpractice
    • Royalty Auditor Competence
    • Royalty Disputes
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Construction Defect
    • Film Distribution
    • Unfair Competition
    • Oil & Gas Pipelines
    • Personal Injury
    • Product Liability
    • Breach of Contract
    • Business Interuption
    • Class Action
    • Lanham Act
    • Trusts & Estates
    • USITC
    • DMCA

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    9/13/2016 · Accounting
    Royalty auditing is a niche service that has exploded in popularity over the last 20 years. The primary purpose of a royalty audit is to test whether a licensee has complied with a license agreement or statutory requirement. The royalty auditor is hired by an intellectual property owner (aka, licensor) or minerals owner to inspect the books and records of a licensee primarily to determine if usage-based monetary amounts have been paid as contractually required. In addition to monetary damage calculations, most royalty audits examine for breach of contract in a wide variety of areas, such as intellectual property protection, record keeping, distribution channels, and permitted usage.

    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates readers through the nuances of drafting the best possible financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. The 2014 Edition includes updated information on how to properly write the financial aspects of royalty contracts to protect the licensor, licensee, and other concerned parties. Additional sample terms and "real-world" agreements have also been included.
    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates the nuances of drafting financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. This book will modernize and remold how agreements are written and will greatly enhance the bottom line of licensors and other contractors. Lawyers involved in drafting license and other self-reporting contracts typically understand boilerplate provisions but not the financial nuances that are subject to high degrees of interpretation that eventually costs their clients significant money and business relationships.
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    Steven J. Shuster, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA, CVA, FCPA
    10200 E. Girard Ave., Ste. B-321
    Denver CO 80231-5553
    USA
    phone: 303-696-0808 Office, 303-520-5357 Cell
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    Shuster & Company, PC is a full-service Forensic & Business Valuation Accounting Firm serving clients throughout the United States and occasionally throughout the world. They are dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in a wide range of financial, business, and forensic needs. Their professional services include:
    Forensic Accounting - Business Valuation - Divorce Matters- Accounting & Tax Issues

    Principal, Steven J. Shuster, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA, CVA, FCPA and his team provide litigation support services for a number of forensic accounting issues. They are experienced in identifying, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting financial and accounting data and information; applying the relevant data and information to a legal dispute or issue, and rendering an opinion as to their analysis. They have been accepted as experts by the Courts on numerous occasions and have served as consultants for plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of civil and criminal legal matters.

    With a track record of helping counsel unravel challenging financial and economic issues in disputes, they provide valuable insight and clarity, helping their clients during every stage of a contested matter, from early case assessment and discovery to case strategy, damages analysis and settlement services.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Damage Analysis - Assist attorneys and clients in calculating damages in litigation cases or rebutting claims by opposing counsel.
    • Family Law and Divorce Support - Business Valuations, spousal and child support matters, asset tracing, income characterization and calculation and division of assets.
    • Fraud Investigation Consulting - Investigate alleged misconduct, and measure the financial implications of disputes.
    • Lease Review Services - Analysis of commercial real estate leases and conducting lease reviews of rent, operating expenses, common area maintenance (CAM) expenses and real estate taxes to identify potential financial savings on behalf of tenant.
    • Assisting Claims Adjusters - Business interruption, inventory loss, extra expense, lost earnings / profits, subrogation, product liability, general liability.
    • Malpractice - Compare activities performed by the professionals to applicable professional standards and practices.
    CV Available Upon Request.
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    EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE
    Principal
    Three Galleria Tower
    13155 Noel Road, Suite 100
    Dallas TX 75240-5090
    USA
    phone: 972-934-0022
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    EJ Janik Accounting Expert PhotoEJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant with 37 years of professional experience. He specializes in financial audits, compilations and reviews, consulting for commercial litigation, antitrust matters, engineering and construction matters, real estate, and bankruptcy / business reorganizations matters. Mr. Janik holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rice University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Mr. Janik has provided over 150 financial audits and consulted in over 685 business disputes. He has provided expert testimony in over 80 matters including trial testimony in 48 trials or hearings in 8 states. Mr. Janik's accounting services include Damages/Lost Profit analysis, Forensic Accounting, Fraud Investigations, Fact Finding, Financial Analysis, and Expert Witness Testimony when necessary.

    Litigation Experience:
    • Antitrust/Pricing Issues
    • Audits
    • Bankruptcy Analysis
    • Business Interruption
    • Business Valuation
    • Construction Claims
    • Contract Disputes
    • Cost Determinations
    • Criminal Investigations
    • Damage Analysis/Critiques

  • Debt & Capital Analyses
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Due Diligence
  • Environmental Claims
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Investigation/Analysis
  • Hazardous
  • Waste/Remediation
  • Insurance Claims

  • Lost Profits
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Royalties, Commissions, Income
  • Solvency
  • Superfund/Environmental Claims
  • Tracing
  • Valuations
  • Wastewater
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Mr. Janik is also uniquely qualified to measure construction claims and damages. With over 11 years of construction experience, he has accumulated over 13,000 Engineering and Construction (E&C) auditing hours, 10,000 E&C consulting hours, and 15,000 E&C supervised hours.

    Construction Claims Services include:
    • Acceleration
    • Change Orders
    • Costs
    • Defective Plans
    • Differing Site and Concealed Conditions
    • Direct Costs
    • Disruption
    • Evaluating Claims
  • Indirect Costs
  • Overhead
  • Payroll Fringe Burdens
  • Profit
  • Pre-Qualification Filings
  • Superfund / Hazardous Waste Sites
  • Terminations
  • Other Construction Issues
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    *Ryan Fraud and Forensic Recovery, LLC is not a CPA firm.
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    Brent D. Berkman, CFE, CPA / CFF, CGMA
    340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 317-158
    Palm Beach FL 33480
    USA
    phone: 561-236-7285
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    Brent D. Berkman, CFE, CPA/CFF, CGMA, is a Forensic Accounting, Fraud Examination, Financial, and Taxation Expert with over 40 years of Accounting experience. Certified in Financial Forensics and Fraud Examination, he is a licensed CPA in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and Ohio.

    Mr. Berkman has broad experience with fraud examination, prevention, and deterrence. He has been involved in high-profile confidential investigations, piecing together financial puzzles to resolution. Mr. Berkman also has particular experience with investment schemes, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, real estate fraud, healthcare fraud, financial institution fraud, healthcare fraud, and other occupational and consumer fraud.

    Industry Experience - Mr. Berkman's industry experience includes Community Banks, Home-Builders, Common Interest Realty Associations, Assisted-Living, Regulatory Accounting, Long-Term Contract Accounting, Utilities, Hospitality, Multi-location Restaurants, Manufacturing, Automobile Dealerships, Retail, Health Care, Entertainment, Private Equity Funds, Publicly-Traded Partnerships, Regulated Investment Companies, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and Taxable REIT Subsidiaries.

    Litigation Support - An expert in Forensic Accounting, Mr. Berkman provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include thorough research, reports, deposition, arbitration, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Municipal Bonded Debt
    • Contract Interpretations including Partnership Agreements
    • Financial Analytical Analysis / “Flow of Funds”
    • Commercial and Residential Real Estate including REITs, Private Equity Funds, Affordable Housing, Homebuilders, Contractors, Hospitality, Entertainment / Performing Artists, Health Care and Financial Services, Common Interest Realty Associations, and Not-For-Profit Organizations
    • Estates, Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Private Foundations, Guardianships, High Net Worth, Divorce & Family, Pass-through Entities Including Partnerships, Publicly-Traded Partnerships, LLCs, LLLPs, Disregarded Entities, S-Corporations, and Q-Subs
    • Partnerships and contributed property (Sec 704c)
    • Mergers, Acquisitions, Bankruptcy, and Controllership Services
    • Business Valuations and Structured Finance
    • Qualified / Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements
    • Reconstruction of Accounting Records including Deferred Tax Positions
    • U.S., Multi-State, and Foreign Tax Services, including tax Controversy Representations
    • Credits & Incentives including Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credits
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    Jack Young, ASA—MTS/ARM, CPA
    President, CEO
    902 Hemenway Street
    Winters CA 95694
    USA
    phone: 530-795-5536
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    Jack Young Valuation Expert PhotoJack Young, ASA—MTS/ARM, CPA helps Attorneys, BV Appraisers and CPAs with values they can depend on. Jack is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers specializing in Machinery and Equipment Appraisals and Appraisal Review. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He currently serves on the International Appraisal Review & Management subcommittee of the American Society of Appraisers and is an active member of the Northern California ASA Chapter.

    In addition to his CPA designation and background,Mr. Young worked for many years as an auctioneer and auction manager of machinery and equipment and business assets and was awarded Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) designation from the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute. His experience in Auditing, Accounting, Financial Analysis, and Auctioneering provides a strong base for the asset valuation concepts embraced by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the appraisal industry today. As an equipment appraiser, Mr. Young performs Certified / Qualified Equipment Appraisals in Northern California and Western Nevada.

    As an accredited Senior Appraiser with an Appraisal Review designation in the specialty of Equipment and Machinery, Jack Young provides valuable litigation support services. As an expert witness, he offers defendable USPAP machinery and equipment appraisals that can withstand the scrutiny of the legal system and has experience testifying in trials and depositions. Mr. Young teaches and co-authored the ASA Appraisal Review classes for the ARM designation. His services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defense.

    Areas of Specialization
    • Construction Equipment Appraisal
    • Manufacturing Equipment Appraisal
    • Agricultural Equipment Appraisal
    • Restaurant Appraisal
    • Food Processing Equipment Appraisal
    • Aircraft Appraisal
  • Truck Appraisal
  • Cost Segregation Studies
  • Business Combination
  • Fire
  • Insurance
  • Liquidation
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    Appraisal review isn't just for appraisers. While attorneys and CPAs may be best served by hiring a trained reviewer for questionable appraisals, they can do an initial pass using a quick checklist of a handful of common appraisal report mistakes. We discuss these errors in great detail in the ARM accreditation classes offered by ASA and they'll of course be included in the appraisal review presentation I'll be sharing at the CalCPA Forensic Services Section Joint Sections Meeting in San Francisco this October.

    We're currently working with a speciality harvesting equipment appraisal in the Salinas area that's compiling an asset list for the upcoming equipment inspection. Several conversations and email exchanges regarding how to compile an effective equipment list – in conjunction with some recent interesting inspection experiences – have freshly reminded me of how important a good asset list is to an efficient equipment appraisal, and certainly to asset inspection.

    Divorce is never easy. If your divorce involves a business, it's even more complex. We've worked with many attorneys and business owners to provide appraisals for divorces, some more amiable than others. One thing that all of these situations have in common is that by the time our appraisal firm is called in, the divorce process has usually been going on for some time. Our goal in the process is to help finalize the situation so that the parties involved can move on with their lives. We do our best to make the appraisal process as efficient and easy as we can.

    Sellers almost invariably overestimate the value of their equipment, according to Hahn. The only way to get an accurate estimate, he adds, is through a professional, industry-specific equipment appraisal, the results of which probably will be surprising to many.

    Compiling a list of equipment lost in a fire can be difficult and demanding. We can provide some guidance and tips to help

    While gauging competency in appraisal review is similar to using a limit gauge in order to determine whether a part is within prescribed limits of tolerance, it's not, of course, that simple. An appraiser's competency depends on a number of factors, ranging from experience with the equipment and its market to the intended use of the appraisal and the analytical method best used to value the equipment.

    What would you think if I told you that the value of wine tanks increases annually? That the longer you use them the more they're worth? You'd think I was out of my mind! It just doesn't sound reasonable, does it? How can it be possible that the value of equipment as standard as wine tanks goes up annually? And yet, because of the way that wine tanks are assessed in California, the assessment value for ad valorem taxes often does increase annually whether the value of the tanks actually increases or not. Considering that wine tanks often make up a large portion of a winery's fixed asset value, this unreasonable alleged increase in value can create an expensive problem.

    8/25/2017 · Machinery
    Earlier this year, an Arkansas trucking company became the latest to file a complaint against Navistar in federal court, arising out of the now familiar refrain that Navistar knew its 2010-2013 MaxxForce 11,13, and 15 Advanced EGR diesel engines were defectively designed and would prematurely fail, causing damage to the trucks and economic harm to the trucks' owners and lessees, as well as severely diminishing the value of the affected vehicles.

    Appraisers frequently refer to what they do as an "art." And in fact, the word "art" features prominently in the title of a book on appraisal review published by a major appraisal organization. But the practice of referring to appraisals and appraisal review as an "art" can be problematic, especially when we're providing appraisals to the legal community.

    Several years ago while serving as equipment appraisal expert witness for the Ophir Fire, I discovered the Wildland Fire Litigation Conference and put it on my appraisal bucket list. Just this year, my schedule finally allowed me to attend the conference. In the intervening years, I've done many equipment appraisals related to insurance loss claims, a number of them for fire loss claims (see below), so I felt prepared. Although the conference is mostly attended by attorneys, a fair number of other experts also attended: mostly in fire science such as cause of action analysis, ignition theory and burn patterns; several vegetation experts representing areas such as noxious weed analysis; and a handful of real property appraisers along with me, the lone equipment appraiser.

    Big changes are happening in California agriculture! As farmers convert massive amounts of acreage to orchards and vineyards, abandoning annual crops like tomatoes and rice, farming equipment is changing as well. As one would expect, orchard and vineyard crops use entirely different machinery types, especially for harvesting. This is an interesting transition for appraisers of agricultural equipment because orchard and vineyard equipment is mostly traded at the private party level and rarely at the dealer level, the exact opposite of more standardized traditional agricultural equipment. Orchard and vineyard equipment appraisal, therefore, is often more about who you know than what price indexes and public source materials you can access.

    Appraising inventory is generally one of my least favorite assignments; in the case of fire loss, however, even a static inventory can become more interesting, if only because of its absence. Combined with an absence of appropriate record keeping, the process of valuing the lost stock takes us into a level of detective work that can be both frustrating and rewarding.

    How do we appraise equipment that's been destroyed or stolen? Of course we hope for good records - photos, equipment lists, maintenance records - but rarely are those available. Often whatever records might have existed have been lost in the same fire that destroyed the equipment. In most of the fire cases we've been called into, the underlying problem can be that either that the insurance company doesn't agree with the loss value submitted by the claimant or that nobody can confirm what has actually been lost.

    Equipment appraisers often claim expertise in particular markets. And we do often become experts through our experience in valuing a particular industry throughout the years. In many situations, however, it's more important to be an equipment appraisal expert than an industry expert! An expert equipment appraiser knows how to research the processes and equipment lines of a specialty industry, is able to locate and interview dealers and other experts in that field, and understands how to calculate values for specialty equipment that often does not have a viable market for used equipment sales. An expert equipment appraiser is an expert in USPAP compliance, producing a well-written report in compliance with the research standards of USPAP.

    Considering an ad valorem tax appeal for your business? Business owners who provide independent equipment values researched by experienced, qualified equipment appraisers are more successful in their tax appeal. Whether negotiating assessed values with the county property appraiser or in a value adjustment board hearing, a taxpayer who's prepared with a USPAP equipment appraisal review has a better chance of having their assessed values reduced.

    Several equipment appraisal report clients have recently asked me to include information on California's on-going drought conditions and how current and continuing conditions might affect the value of the equipment appraised.

    2/1/2016 · Machinery
    Sharing a machinery and equipment appraiser in a legal conflict is one of the more practical methods of reducing costs and discord. While the concept of shared experts is not new to legal proceedings concerning issues like mergers and collateral lending, I've been encouraged to see this refreshing trend gain momentum in family law cases as well.

    A previous post introduced the five qualities of a credible appraisal, and in a perfect world, the equipment appraisal report you're basing financial decisions on would always adequately address those USPAP-specified qualities.

    Appraisal review raises the bar on appraisal reports by providing professional, expert review of the appraiser's qualifications, how well the report aligns with standards of appraisal practice, and whether or not the appraisal report itself makes logical sense to a trained professional. Failure of an appraisal report to meet any of these three qualifications indicates that the report under review cannot be depended upon.

    Reconciliation is the final process for the equipment appraiser when more than one approach to value is used in an equipment. valuation. That process involves reconciling the values from the separate approaches and resolving, if necessary, any differences in order to arrive at a final opinion of value. The question here is: "Why in the world would an appraiser use more than one approach to value?"

    Let's say you're getting an equipment appraisal on your metalworking facility, your food processing plant, or a manufacturing facility, restaurant, or trucking company. When you think about how an equipment appraiser might research the values for your fleet vehicles, your kitchen equipment and dining room furniture, or for your CNC machines, drills, presses, etc., you probably assume the sales comparison approach. And in most cases, you might be right. But don't forget: Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) recognizes three distinct valuation methodologies and it's important to consider all three before determining the correct approach for a particular appraisal. These three appraisal methodologies, or approaches to value, are Sales Comparison Approach, Cost Approach, and Income Approach.

    This case study deals with some of the practical considerations surrounding the accounting for the acquisition of a closely-held integrated dairy products operation and the subsequent disposal of a portion of the acquired assets. Specifically use and oversight of appraisers for determining fair value amounts necessary for acquisition accounting is examined. Additionally, the accounting implications of the subsequent disposal of assets are considered in light of the initial acquisition accounting.

    When clients call our office asking for an equipment appraisal review, I've found it's important to ask them the purpose of the appraisal review. That quickly opens up the discussion about what an equipment appraisal review is and is not. And believe me, not everyone understands the difference between an appraisal (a quantitative analysis) and an appraisal review (a qualitative analysis). Some think they are going to get an opinion of value to compare to the equipment appraisal they've requested a review of or whether I think the equipment values in the report are "right." That, however, isn't what an appraisal review is really about.

    4/30/2015 · Machinery
    Every machinery and equipment appraiser is most likely familiar with the phone call - "I've got some equipment that I need to have appraised. How much will it cost?"

    While equipment appraisals frequently rely on the Sales Comparison approach, researching an opinion of value takes an interesting turn when we appraise items for which there is not an active market. When a piece of specialized equipment cannot be compared to an item of similar utility, we can find a value by using the Cost Approach, known in machinery and equipment circles as "Trend and Bend."

    The concept of absorption is used relatively often in real estate appraisals and the same concept, known as "blockage," is well-documented in the art valuation world, particularly in tax-related appraisals.

    Retail propane companies may need their equipment appraised for collateral lending situations, buy-sell agreements, family law, estate tax or several other situations. Whatever the reason, when appraising retail propane equipment, it's important for an equipment appraiser to understand the overall retail propane industry as well as how the basic equipment - trucks and trailers, customer tanks, and large volume storage tanks - fits into the big picture.

    An appraisal review is a good choice whenever you feel uneasy about the qualifications of the equipment appraiser or confused about the methodology used in an equipment appraisal report. This could be a report you originally contracted for - or it could be an equipment appraisal report you've received from another party.

    Next time you walk into a grocery store, take a moment to appreciate all the equipment on the sales floor –– from the cantilevered gondola shelves to the automated checkout stands, the food bar, water dispensing machine, and of course, all the refrigerated display cases: enclosed freezers, reach-in refrigerated cases, the open topped freezer boxes that hold fish sticks and frozen chickens, the deli cases … and the equipment you don't see: the walk-in coolers and freezers and the refrigeration compression system that most grocery store visitors never see.

    8/25/2014 · Machinery
    In 1998, reacting to California's overall poor air quality, the federal government threatened to cut off or reduce the state's allocation of federal highway funds as allowed through the US Federal Clean Air Act, which, overhauled with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, mandates that every state meet the National Ambient Air Quality standards. In response, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in September 2000, adopted the Diesel Risk Re duction Plan (Diesel RRP or Plan). RRP recommends many control measures to reduce risks associated with diesel particulate matter (PM) and achieve a goal of 75 percent PM reduction by 2010 and 85 percent by 2020. These CARB regulations may be a harb inger of national change as many other states, also out of compliance with the Federal Clean Air Act, are poised to adopt similar diesel emission rules.

    RN's Beverly McFarland and her associate, Kevin Whelan of The Beverly Group, Inc., recently gave a presentation in San Francisco to the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers ("ASA") on "Challenges of Appraising Special Assets". The emphasis was on the appraisal of assets in chapter 11 bankruptcies and receiverships and the differences between the two entities and how they are administered. Through the new acquaintances that we met that evening, we discovered some fascinating appraisals that members of the ASA have completed that we would like to share with Receivership News readers.

    6/10/2014 · Equipment Leasing
    As pointed out in the previous Leased Equipment post, today's equipment lessor must be more knowledgeable than ever before about the value of leased equipment: Many leasing decisions, from the initial transaction pricing through the ultimate disposition of the equipment, are based on the value of the underlying asset. In addition, it's critical to have an accurate projection of residual values.

    Over the years, I've done a number of valuations on leased equipment for various reasons. It's almost aways the case that the folks who are leasing the equipment and the folks who own it don't agree on what the value of the equipment is or even what the premise of value should be for the equipment being appraised. Most equipment appraisers would probably agree that valuing leased equipment is more straightforward if the contract specifies a premise of value, but we know we can't count on that. What we can count on is that equipment lessors will continue to need their equipment appraised. This post is really for them. And I want to thank Bob Podwalny, again, for the generous contribution of his knowledge and experience in this area.

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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.

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    Joseph B. Matheson
    CPA, ABV, CVA, DABFA, FACFEI, PFS, CFF, CFE
    110 S. Jefferson Road
    Whippany NJ 07981
    USA
    phone: 973-428-8885
    fax: 888-846-4884
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    Joseph B. Matheson, CPA, ABV, CVA, DABFA, FACFEI, CITP, CFF, CFE, is a Certified Public Accountant, with over than 30 years of public and private accounting experience. Mr. Matheson is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA, one of the oldest and most prestigious certification organizations) and is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (FACFEI), holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Forensic Accountants (DABFA), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In addition, Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), and a Certified Financial Forensics (CFF) all of which are earned from the AICPA. Mr. Matheson has taught various accounting and business classes for the Small Business Development Centers of New Jersey (part of the SBA), continuing education classes to other CPAs, and was a member of the Speakers Bureau for the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Litigation Support - Joseph Matheson uses Forensic Accounting and Auditing skills to provide an analysis of financial records in conjunction with dispute resolutions, as well as fraud and theft investigation. His damage measurement methods can determine the extent of financial loss and illegal accounting practices. Mr. Matheson is qualified and testifies as an expert witness in New Jersey State and Federal Courts. He also provides analysis to mediation attorneys to assist in settlement.

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    1222 Lincoln Avenue
    Pasadena CA 91103
    USA
    phone: 818-265-9714
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    Stacy A. Kinsel, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, has been engaged in Forensic Accounting and Economic Damage Analysis for over 20 years.

    Ms. Kinsel earned both her Masters Degree in Accounting and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. A Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, Ms. Kinsel is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

    Litigation Support - Ms. Kinsel has been involved with the preparation and/or review of over 1,000 damage claims. She has been qualified and testified as an expert witness in both Federal and State courts on forensic accounting matters and economic damage calculations.

    Ms. Kinsel's services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant and include preparing expert witness and rebuttal reports, advising in cross-examination of other witnesses as well as critique of other experts’ testimonies and reports, providing expert witness testimony, and participating in alternate dispute resolution proceedings. Her expertise includes the analysis and measurement of economic damages resulting from:
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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
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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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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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    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:
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  • Cost Reports
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  • False Claims - Fraud
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  • ICD & CPT Coding
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