Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA, CFE, ASA,
CVA, ABV, CGREA, CCRA, CREA
Dean Atkinson, CPA, CFE, ABV, CAC, CFF
John Luna, JD/MBA, CPA, ABV, CFF
David Turner, CPA, ABV, CFF
Drew Hunt, MBA, CPA, ASA
Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA, CFE, ASA,
CVA, ABV, CGREA, CCRA, CREA
Venita McMorris, MA
Arthur B. Kagan, FSA, EA , is one of the most qualified Actuaries and Pension Plan consultants in the country. In his over 40 year career, he has helped thousands of plan sponsors with the management of their company’s retirement plans, as well as hundreds of thousands of plan participants with their pension benefits.
Litigation Support - Since selling his firm, Mr. Kagan has been involved in approximately 10 expert witness cases for attorneys in various specialty areas, including class actions. He specializes in qualified and non-qualified retirement plans under ERISA law. With an FSA, the highest educational designation for actuaries, and an EA, an enrolled actuary which allows certification of pension plan valuations, he can serve as an expert witness in the following areas:
Degrees / Certifications - FSA, Fellow Society of Actuaries, EA Enrolled Actuary, FCA Fellow Conference of Actuaries in Public Practice, Members of ASPPA, NIPA, and Western Pension and Benefits Conference, FINRA securities license, and life / health insurance agent license with State of California.
Captain Arlen Leiner, MMS, AMS is an Accredited Marine Surveyor, Master Marine Surveyor, and has an engineering degree from the University of Toledo. He is trained for MARPOL, SOLAS, and IMO. He has performed Marine Surveys and Inspections in Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, nation, and worldwide( including Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America as well as Asia a. He is considered an expert in the marine inspection industry. In his 48years surveying boats and other watercraft, Capt. Leiner has provided expert witness testimony in marine litigation involving vessels of any size or type. This includes numerous depositions and trials in state and federal court, with each damage and casualty survey prepared so that findings can be defended in the court of law. Capt. Leiner is qualified to analyze evidence, form a professional opinion, and communicate his findings to a jury. Capt. Leiner's services are necessary for litigation in many different situations, requiring an expert evaluation of any vessel's value or seaworthiness. These situations can include:
|Us and International Service|
Dr. Adhia is triple-Board-Certified in Psychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry. In addition to forensic/expert witness practice, Dr. Adhia is Medical Director of PACE Mental Health Clinic in the Houston area. His forensic practice focuses on the psychiatric impact of personal injury, medical-malpractice, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, competency, violence, and complicating mental illness, as well as psychiatric disability. Dr. Adhia is among one of the few Forensic Psychiatrists who is also Board-Certified in Brain Injury Medicine. Often, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be a major factor in litigation as it can result in psychiatric or neurocognitive impairments. He has expertise in psychopharmacology, the medicine of medication. In addition, Dr. Adhia works with Physicians for Human Rights to assess victims of kidnapping and false imprisonment, human trafficking, undue influence, physical and sexual abuse, rape, and fear of imminent death. In all populations, he assesses PTSD, Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, risk of suicide, and malingering. He is experienced in treatment and impact of drug and alcohol abuse on decision-making. Dr. Adhia has also treated severe psychosis (Schizophrenia, hallucinations) and psychopathology. Prior to his work at PACE, Dr. Adhia was formerly treating patients at a Maximum Security Prison and and prison psychiatric hospital.
Dr. Adhia’s findings consider complicating factors, such as emotional distress worsened by other active physcial and mental conditions. Other factors are pre-existing mental and physical illness, competency and capacity (e.g. dementia, Intellectual Disability.) As a physician, Dr. Adhia is uniquely qualified to review medical records and doctor reports. Institutional medicine, medical malpractice, and standard of care apply to both public and private facilities, including government regulated correctional institutions and psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Adhia is skilled in these med-legal issues. Dr. Adhia conducts Independent Medical Examinations, review of records, and reports his med-legal findings and opinions. He is available to testify in civil, criminal, probate, Federal, Immigration and administrative jurisdictions.
Julian M. Toneatto, PhD, PE, PP, has over 40 years of experience in Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering Consulting. Dr. Toneatto has a Doctorate in Structures and Dynamics and MBA in Finance. His former employers include the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, States, Municipalities, DOT, private and public firms, and the EXXON Corporation.
Dr. Toneatto served as a Professor of Civil Engineering and Course Director at the Department of Civil Engineering, U.S. Military Academy. He structured, revised, and taught courses in Advanced Structural Analysis, the Honors Course in Structural Analysis and Steel Design, and authored and taught Soil Mechanics. Dr. Toneatto has also served on the faculty at USMA (West Point): Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Philadelphia University and The US Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
Litigation Support - Dr. Toneatto has been offering his expert witness services to the legal industry for decades. A Forensic Engineer, he provides expert reports, depositions, and court testimony in support of litigation.
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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:
Carl Sheeler, Ph.D. has 25+ years of public and private company experience with Family Business/Office Valuation, Advisory & Dispute Services – i.e., Governance, Risk Management, and planned and disruptive events associated with reducing risks and optimizing equity values. Common matters include fiduciary duty involving equity holder rights; valuation issues as well as transitions influenced by Estate and Gift Tax, liquidity, legacy, leverage and liability considerations.
Dr. Sheeler distills complex strategy, finance and operational issues and relevant facts into empirically supported opinions and guidance that is understandable to the layperson and applicable to company boards, founders, executives, trusted advisors and triers of fact in transfer, tax, and transactional matters. He is an authority on shareholder dispute and oppression as well as Trust and Estate and ESOP duty of care. Examples include how agreement provisions, asset allocation, debt and holding periods influence risk and investor concessions (“premiums and discounts”) on equity value.
Litigation Support - Dr. Sheeler has completed 1,200+ engagements and testified in over 175 disputes as an IRS/Court qualified expert in ADR, state and federal courts on matters ranging from fairness opinions to class actions in matters involving 7- to10-figures. He has authored and presented on over 300 occasions on issues ranging from valuation /appraisal best practices to developing probing interrogatories and deposition inquiries. He has served on various research, regulatory, advisory and academic boards and is considered a subject matter expert on Private Company Illiquidity / Lack of Marketability and Control Adjustments as well as Equity Value Enhancement (“EVE”).
Consultation - Dr. Sheeler is an authority on what internal and external factors aside from financial influence company value for advisors assisting founders and families with significant holdings.
Ideal Clients include:
Areas of Expertise:
|San Diego, CA Office|
11622 El Camino Real, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92130
|Irvine, CA Office|
18100 Von Karman Ave., Suite 850
Irvine, CA 92612
Denver, CO Office
1515 Wynkoop St, Suite 360
Denver, CO 80202
New York, NY Office
1330 Avenue of the Americas, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phoenix, AZ Office
4742 N 24th Street, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85016
To have Dr. Sheeler present a workshop at your office, or present to your group or organization, contact:
James F. Davidson is an Avant Advisory partner and managing director. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant with Financial Forensic Specialization credentials (CFF, CFS, CrFa, and FCPA), and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Mr. Davidson is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Corporate Director, Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA), Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP), and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA).
Litigation Support - Mr. Davidson uses his expertise in issues of financial forensics, fraud, and corporate investigations, due diligence evaluations, litigation and dispute resolution, strategic planning, and corporate governance. His combined experience and professional qualifications fulfill the financial expert requirements defined by Sarbanes-Oxley, NYSE, and NASDAQ. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Davidson has performed hundreds of forensic, fraud, and corporate investigations, due diligence evaluations, operational turnarounds and financial restructuring, for lenders, private equity firms, and attorneys under privilege.
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Background - Mr. Davidson has served in executive positions at both public and private companies ranging from entrepreneurial to multi-billion dollar firms. After 10 years of accounting, auditing, and consulting for Big Four Certified Public Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, he spent over 10 years as a member of several boards of directors and in various financial and executive positions, including president and CEO, COO, CFO, secretary-treasurer, chief accounting officer, and corporate controller.
Mr. Bob Lawson, AIF®, CFE®, MRFC®, LUTCF®, is a Securities & FINRA Expert Witness retained for FINRA arbitration, mediation, and federal/civil court litigation. Mr. Lawson possesses over 35 years of experience within the securities and insurance industries. In 1988, Mr. Lawson founded Barrington Capital Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm and Insurance Agency, and currently serves as the President and Chief Compliance Officer and President of Barrington Financial Consulting Group, Inc, as a Securities Expert Witness and Consulting Experts.
In addition, Mr. Lawson serves as a FINRA Mediator and presides as a FINRA & NFA Dispute Resolution Chairman for disputes concerning public and private investors, financial services professionals, broker-dealers, and dually-registered investment advisers. Claims often arise regarding breach of fiduciary duties, employment disputes, conflicts of interest, churning, unsuitable investments, and failure to supervise, among others. Mr. Lawson also serves as a public mediator and is a Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Rule 114 of Standard Practice in Mediation and Arbitration. His breadth of experience includes managing and supervising FINRA broker-dealer branch offices as a Registered Securities Principal, Options Principal, and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Lawson also has considerable experience with insurance products including variable annuities, fixed and indexed annuities, long term care, and life insurance. Mr. Lawson possesses numerous accolades and is certified as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE®), Master Registered Financial Consultant (MRFC), and a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF®). Retaining Mr. Lawson as an Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant will clarify and address relevant issues pertaining to your case from an insider's point of view. Upon a thorough examination and analysis of the case material, Mr. Lawson’s conclusions and opinions are impartial, objective, and predicated upon years of industry expertise and experience. Expert testimony and reports are supported by thorough and detailed research through case-specific analysis.
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Peter J. Bondy FSA, MAAA, has more than 45 years of experience as an Actuary and a Financial Services Professional. He has served as a corporate executive, as a corporate director, and as a consultant domestically and internationally. Mr. Bondy has extensive experience with insurance company and reinsurer matters and practices ranging from basic business practices to matters involving financial projections and valuations as well as sales practices. He has served on corporate boards and brings a broad understanding of the issues involved. A published author, Mr. Bondy has delivered lectures and spoken frequently around the country. He is fluent in English and Spanish, his first language. Litigation Support - Having had experience with many complex projects throughout his career, Mr. Bondy is able to serve as an expert consultant or as an expert witness for complex matters and issues regarding annuities, insurance, reinsurance, emerging mortality, experience issues, and corporate matters. He provides a broad range of litigation support services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. Areas of Expertise
|Midwest Regional Office|
819 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60605
|New York City and New England Office|
712 South Britain Road
Southbury, CT 06488