Jess is the owner of Birken Law Office PLLC, a boutique law firm serving nonprofits and charitable entities with their compliance and operational issues. Jess empowers nonprofits to achieve their mission by doing things right. She connects clients with the right tools, right coaching and right contacts. Ms. Birken is a nationally recognized attorney both for her service and understanding of the nonprofit & charitable sector as well as for her innovative subscription based law firm model. Listen to Jess' podcast Charity Therapy on your favorite podcast player.
BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
JD, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Magna Cum Laude
MA, Nonprofit Management, Hamline University School of Business
Ms. Birken is the former CEO & Managing Partner at Urban Birken PLLC, a boutique firm that focused on serving the nonprofit community and started her own firm in 2016. Jess has extensive non-legal experience working inside nonprofit organizations for most of her career prior to law school as well as after attaining her masters.
Before becoming a private practice attorney, Ms. Birken served inside a mid-sized national nonprofit organization, Pheasants Forever. In that role she managed ~$50,000,000 in state and federal government grants and worked on hundreds of conservation real estate transactions. Jess is deeply experienced in the reality of federal grants management across the entire life cycle. Ms. Birken has a deep understanding of the norms and best practices of the nonprofit sector, as well as the legal and regulatory environment these organizations exist within. This expertise was developed through her academic work obtaining a Masters in Nonprofit Management, in the work environment and through private practice experience.
When starting a new nonprofit, most founders are focused on their mission. Who are they going to be? What kind of work will they do? What impact are they going to make? But those aren’t the only things nonprofit founders need to decide. They also need to decide on the structure of the nonprofit and how it will function, too.
Here’s the thing: I wish my clients understood that a nonprofit's public charity status is NOT everything. It might be necessary and important, sure. It helps communicate to donors that the nonprofit is a public charity....But it’s certainly not the end-all, be-all of a successful nonprofit.
Working with nonprofit organizations, I deal with a LOT of people problems. And it makes sense, right? When you ask a group of people passionate about a cause (aka, the board of directors) to come together to make collective decisions…disagreements and confrontations are inevitable.
Feeding Our Future (FOF) was a Minnesota food assistance nonprofit that was awarded millions in federal grant funds in the past few years. FOF passed those funds through to other small organizations and businesses to provide food to children, primarily BIPOC and immigrant children in the Twin Cities and beyond.
So, what does this have to do with nonprofits, you ask? Well, as a lawyer for nonprofits, I've seen lots of organizations go through the process of selecting new leaders – and not all of them do it right, especially when an insider is involved. This Jeopardy host situation reminded me of those cases.
Dissolution can be a happy occasion (yay, we accomplished our mission!) or it can be very sad and emotional. But no matter what brings a nonprofit to that point, the decision to dissolve is a big one. And, to the surprise of some folks, that decision is just the very beginning of what can be a very long process
As schools are called off for the rest of the year, toilet paper flies off the shelves, and shelter-in-place orders are announced, anxieties are high. Everyone is worried about money, jobs, health, how to stay sane in the coming weeks – or at least I'm pretty sure it's not just me! And then there's another layer of worry – the worry that comes with running a small nonprofit in the midst of an international crisis.
Lately I've been noticing a lot of chatter on the internet about how you know which charities to donate to. There seems to be a general suspicion that nonprofits of all sizes who are seeking donations are swindling people out of their hard-earned money. Or at least that you can't trust these organizations and that it's easy to make the wrong decision.
I work with a lot of nonprofit founders, and all of them have a certain kind of pride in their work. And they should! Lots of people have ideas, but there's not that many people out there who are willing to put their time, effort, knowledge, and money into it. We need entrepreneurial founders in the nonprofit sector.
The reality is, starting and running a nonprofit is more than just the mission-driven work. Taking the time to understand the organizing documents, the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws, will help the organization going forward.
J. Mason Bump is a Cryptocurrency Fraud and Blockchain Architecture Expert. An early adopter of decentralized technologies, he has extensive business acumen and deep knowledge of blockchain technology, tokenomics, and public policy. He holds a JD and MBA along with multiple certifications on protocols and cryptocurrency digital fraud / forensic investigation.
Mason achieved success as a general practitioner with exposure to entity structuring and formation, contract drafting, land disputes, litigation, trial, and appellate work. In his appellate.practiced his arguments were heard and accepted by the Iowa Supreme Court.
More recently, Mason's been employed by a blockchain startup as a Protocol Specialist and Governance Expert (previously Protocol Analyst), where he provides high-level insight into the architecture, the mechanics and economics of tokenomics, and parameters of dozens of blockchain networks the company supports. This company maintains its status as a "Unicorn" staking firm with a valuation in excess of $1 billion. Blockchain Expert Consulting is a separate entity from this company.
Litigation Support - Mason is a Certified Cryptocurrency Forensic Investigator, and Certified by the Blockchain Council as both a Blockchain and Law Professional and as a Certified Blockchain Expert. In his role as an expert witness, he assists with the development of litigation and trial strategy regardless of the stage of the case. His communication style allows for simple, fact-based explanations for the team, opposing counsel, judges, and juries.
Areas of Expertise:
Tokens / Tokenization
Blockchain Protocol and Governance
"In the landmark case of Hoop v. Doe, the Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of Iowa approved alternate service of process on the defendants' wallet address using an NFT. The Court found that service provided in this manner was "reasonably calculated to reach" the defendants since all other methods of providing service were inadequate. This resulted in the Court entering a permanent injunction against disposition of the assets at issue, freezing them at the exchange level and preventing them from being disposed of on any exchange that performs KYC on its customers. It is my hope that many more such cases will be brought, and justice will become more prevalent on the blockchain." - J. Mason Bump
Rosemary Coates, President of Blue Silk Consulting, is a seasoned executive with an MBA and 25+ years of experience in Chinese Sourcing and Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Manufacturing, Importing/Exporting, and ERP Systems Consulting.
Prior to BSC, Ms. Coates was a Senior Director at SAP, the Supply Chain Practice Leader at KPMG Peat Marwick and at Answerthink, and a Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard. Ms. Coates has consulted with global and domestic clients, VCs, and PE firms on operations systems and processes. She has considerable international experience and has worked for extended periods in Asia and Europe.
Ms. Coates is also the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and a member of the Board of Directors at the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute. She teaches Global Supply Chain Strategy at UC Berkeley. She is a Licensed U.S. Customs Broker. She earned a BS in Business at Arizona State University and an MBA at the University of San Diego. She resides in Silicon Valley.
Rosemary Coates: Supply Chain Management Overview
Litigation Support - As an Expert Witness, Ms. Coates has assisted attorneys in their understanding of relevant Supply Chain Operations and Practices in sourcing, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, inventory, and Chinese Imports. She has worked on legal cases for the past 10 years, writing reports, giving depositions, and testifying at trial.
Import / Export Management
Project Management for Enterprise Software
ERP Software Consulting Implementation Failures and Runaway Projects
China Sourcing and Manufacturing
Sales Channel Distribution and Compensation
Global Manufacturing Operations, Contract Manufacturing, CMS, EMS
Transportation and logistics, 3PLs and Freight Forwarders, Freight Shipping
But procurement by thousands of individual hospitals and multiple governmental agencies is uneven and inefficient and we end up with variable pricing, too much inventory in some places, and not enough in others. These may look like supply chain issues on the surface, but they are actually project management issues.
Reshoring and manufacturing in America is hot. Companies are now considering the possibilities of returning manufacturing to the USA. According to a recent study, 54% of all US companies over $1 billion in revenues are planning or considering bringing at least some of their manufacturing back to the US.
The way imported products are sold has drastically changed over the past few years. With the rise of eCommerce and direct shipments to U.S. warehouses and customers, more and more counterfeit products are slipping into the U.S. Owners of brands and intellectual property are losing billions of dollars in revenue every year to counterfeiters that are selling bogus products, often at the same price or only slightly less than the true brand.
"Economics is strategy." This phrase made me sit up and take notice. It was from an article in The American Interest about China's One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR). Of course, we knew that OBOR was all about economics. I have written about China's building influence around the world, but to simplify China's actions in this one impactful phrase makes it so clear.
Consider Otis Elevator. OE is one of many U.S. manufacturers, including GE, Whirlpool and NCR, which announced they were bringing factories back to the U.S. from China, Mexico and other countries and whose efforts did not go well.
Have you been keeping up with the “Amazon Effect” on supply chains? This effect is defined as the impact the digital marketplace has on the traditional business model in retail. But for supply chain professionals, it is so much more.
The first book of its kind, Legal Blacksmith explains how to optimize supply chain relationships, starting with marketing outreaches and supplier bidding through handling legal disputes when supply chain relationships fail. This book is for in-house counsel who want to better understand supply chain operations, and supply chain operations personnel who want to better understand the law that applies to their field.
For business people who are experienced in doing business in China, or for first-time visitors, this book will provide valuable insights from real executives and experts. These executives offer their personal experiences and recommendations about sourcing and manufacturing in China.
The guidebook will assist you with steps to a successful Reshoring project by taking you through various decision components one by one. You will find thought-provoking ideas, helpful exercises, and outlines for things you will be considering during your Reshoring evaluation.
Complicating field service operations in today's environment is the global nature of the installed base and where in the world your products and spares are manufactured. Sourcing global parts, managing the parts supply chain and the investment required are the things that keep managers up at night. This book provides 42 essential rules to benchmark and develop a global service business.
The Equine Expert is a renowned equine firm spanning dozens of disciplines and specializations in the Equine Industry by first-class horsemen and women, professional and top amateurs, with hands-on knowledge of the horse world. With a collaborative firm culture and a reputation for unparalleled professionalism and integrity, their hand- picked team of equestrian experts provide expert witness services in a variety of areas such as business, insurance, liability, equine death, sales, valuations, fraud, estates, taxes, and medical malpractice.
Litigation Support - Bridget R. Brandon and her team at The Equine Expert support defendants and plaintiffs throughout the United States in State and Federal courts by providing expert testimony, consulting services, litigation support, formation of case strategy, quantifying of damages, settlement negotiations, and assisting the legal team to better understand the sensitivity of the issues involved. Specializing in high-stakes, complex matters, they work collaboratively to create appropriate, well-reasoned research and analysis, advice, reports and expert testimony.
Because the cost of a lawsuit is so steep, make sure your "horse transaction" is memorialized with a lawyer-prepared, well-written contract. The small contract prep charge will be a fraction of litigation expenses and heartbreak. If you cannot locate an equine attorney, an attorney specializing in contracts will work just fine. It always amazes me that written contracts are not demanded of every horse purchase or sale. Even on "small&qout; transactions…demand them in writing or do not do the "deal&qout;!
There are some very important preliminary questions you should always ask when buying a horse. These screening questions should be asked right up front. If at all possible, you should ask these questions initially on the phone prior to seeing the horse.
Open-ended horse deals are quickly coming to an end. Florida has a statute (Section 535.16 of the Florida Statutes) and the California Legislature recently amended a similar one that now requires written documentation for horse sales.
Bryan 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.
Jon R. Simon is an experienced Finance and Investment Professional with decades of Consulting, Operations and Investing experience. He has a long and accomplished background in the Hotel and Vacation Ownership Industries where he has advised some of the largest U.S. investment funds, hospitality and gaming companies, and high net worth individuals.
Litigation Support - Mr. Simon addresses major complex commercial litigation at the individual plaintiff or defendant level (typically for the BOD), class action level, and in valuation actions brought in Delaware Chancery Court. Services include interrogatories, litigation strategy, expert witness opinions, expert witness testimony (deposition or trial), mediation assistance; calculation of damages and disgorgement, rebuttal opinions, and valuations.
Hospitality and Shared Ownership IndustryExpertise:
Acquisitions and Due Diligence
Capital Formation and Restructuring
Shareholder Derivative Suites
Right to Use
RCHFU, LLC et al v. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
Flora Gillespie and Bruce Gillespie et al, vs St. Regis Club New York Inc., Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International Inc. et al
RCHFU LLC, et al vs. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Marriott Vacation Club, Ritz Carlton Hotel Management LLC et al
Diamond Resorts International (Apollo Global Management) vs Select Plaintiff
New York St. Regis Club Owners vs Starwood Vacation Club
Eden Roc LLLP v. Marriott International Inc., et al., No. 651027/2012, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 1st Dept.)
Background Experience - Jon R. Simon started his career at KPMG where he was elected to the partnership at the age of 31, making him the youngest full equity partner in the United States. At KPMG he headed the firm’s hospitality and real estate consulting practice for the Southeast US, Latin America and the Caribbean focusing on hotels, mixed-use resorts and shared ownership. He also served as a national acquisitions partner serving senior roles in some of the largest hospitality industry acquisitions.
Mr. Simon was recruited by Starwood Capital to be CEO of WorldStar Resorts, a hospitality investment company dedicated to the Vacation Ownership Industry. In that capacity, Mr. Simon quickly grew the company from a start-up to over $100 million in annual revenues and 250 employees by the end of its first full year of operations.
After leaving Starwood, Mr. Simon was one of the 5 founding principals of a late-stage private equity fund oriented to the hospitality industry where he also assumed the role of Chief Investment Officer. In his first full year, he oversaw the underwriting and closing of over $150 million of direct investments, representing over $500 million of asset value.
Danny 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 banks, financial transactions and lending transactions.
Our founder, Danny F. Dukes, has spent over 30 years in the financial institutions and mortgage industry. Danny understands all aspects of mortgage and financial institution transactions including policies and best practices.
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 generally 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.
Dennis E. Coleman, JD, MPH, has over 40 years of experience in Hospital and Healthcare Management. In 1990, he formed his own hospital administration / healthcare management services consulting firm provide healthcare management services to various healthcare provider clients in a variety of areas, including strategic planning, business development, operations management, sales and marketing, policy & procedure development, and human resources management.
Mr. Coleman's academic background includes a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles and a Masters in Public Health degree with a Hospital Administration major and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Litigation Support - As a hospital administration expert witness consultant, Mr. Coleman is an advocate for applying community standards which are relevant, based upon the time frame, subject matter and administrative practice(s) appropriate to each case. He has consulted and provided case review, expert witness services, and/or strategic litigation preparation services in more than 200 legal matters. He accepts cases on behalf of Plaintiffs or Defendants.
Mr. Coleman is willing to serve as either a work product consultant or a designated expert based upon the particular strategic litigation needs of each case.
Medical Staff Credentialing & Clinical Privileging / ELAM
Donald A. Jasko, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Economics, is an attorney by training. He has for many years focused his energies on the Economic, Technological, andLegal issues involved in the Publishing and Licensing of Creative Content.
Mr. Jasko served in various management positions at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), in which he was instrumental in transforming the process by which performance rights in musical compositions are licensed for television broadcast. He was a key participant in the complex music industry negotiations that culminated in the new "per program" license, as well as the development of the process by which music performance and pricing data are exchanged electronically between television broadcasters and performing rights organizations.
After a 16-year career with ASCAP, Mr. Jasko resigned from ASCAP to found Digital Economics. He then became a major catalyst in the merger of Solana Technology Development Corporation with Aris Technologies, creating Verance Corporation. He joined Verance with key product development, business affairs, marketing and sales responsibilities. He also played a key role in forging international joint ventures.
After nearly two years of service in Verance management, Mr. Jasko returned to the leadership of Digital Economics. As Chief Executive Officer, he provides publishing administration, license administration and product development services to Digital Economics' clients.
Litigation Support - Mr. Jasko serves as a strategist and expert witness in litigation involving best practices in publishing and licensing administration, and the monetization of creative content, catalog valuation, and technology strategy and implementation as they relate to content metadata and content identification.
Areas of Expertise:
Publishing and licensing creative content, including musical compositions, master recordings, digital sound recordings, photography and art;
Monetizing public performances of musical compositions and digital sound recordings, and the creative content of writers, directors, actors, and musicians;
Developing, deploying and monetizing databases of content metadata associated with programming, advertising and editorial;
Using ratings data to monetize programming, advertising, and the creative content incorporated therein.; and
Developing, deploying and using digital fingerprint and watermark technologies to monetize public performances of programming, advertising, and the creative content incorporated therein.
Jordan L. Newmark, MD, QME, is an ABA double Board-Certified Anesthesiologist (anesthesiology and pain medicine), President & CEO of E&S Newmark Consulting, and Expert Witness focused on the practice of medicine and Qualified Medical Evaluation (QME) and Independent Medical Evaluation (IME). Dr. Newmark has over 15 years of clinical and training experience.
Currently an adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Newmark previously served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology of Alameda Health System. A practicing anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist, his clinical interests are in chronic and acute pain management, interdisciplinary / procedural pain treatment, team-based approaches to patients with dual acute or chronic pain and substance use disorders, qualified medical evaluation to injured workers, as well as anesthesia for orthopedic, spine, and neurosurgery.
Dr. Newmark's academic interests involve immersive based learning, trainee performance, and patient outcomes and safety. He continues to develop pain medicine simulation scenarios and other educational programs within the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine, as well as treat patients while supervising pain medicine fellows.
Litigation Support - Dr. Newmark has been retained as an expert witness in multiple cases involving acute and chronic pain, as well as opioid safety and risk. He is also a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) within the California Department of Workers' Compensation. His services include QMEs, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Prof. Makarand (Mark) Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP, CRIS, is the Professor and the Dernlan Family Head of Construction Engineering and Management as well as Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Hastak has been involved with the construction industry for the past 35 years providing his expertise through consulting, research, teaching, and service to the industry.
Dr. Hastak is a world renowned expert in the area of construction engineering and management including risk management, profitability of Construction companies, process improvement, disaster risk reduction, resilience and capacity building, infrastructure management, intelligent planning for the built environment, project control, project management decision-making, and strategic planning. As a Fellow of the American Council on Education (cohort of 2013-14) at Cornell University his work focused on the various facets of Hybrid RCM budget, engaged institution, and Public-Private Partnership in academia.
Dr. Hastak is a Professional Engineer (PE), a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS), and a Certified Cost Professional (CCP). He has worked on numerous projects sponsored by the Construction Industry Institute (CII), NSF, State DOTs, and City Agencies. He is the current President of CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) and the Chair of the Advisory Board of teh Global Leadership Forum for Construction Engineering and Management programs (GLF-CEM). He also serves as an Academic Advisor to the Downstream and Chemicals Committee of the Construction Industry Institute (CII).
Dr. Hastak has authored over 200 publications in his areas of expertise. He has co-authored a widely used book on Infrastructure Planning, Engineering, and Economics (McGraw-Hill 2006 and 2015). Dr. Hastak served on the Education Board of the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (2004-2016). He was Editor for two AACE books, the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering (6th Ed. 2015) and the CCP Certification Study Guide (2nd Ed. 2016). He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (2009-2016).
Dr. Hastak has given over 50 keynotes and invited lectures around the world. As a prominent educator and consultant, he also engages in developing training material and workshops as well as regularly teaching professional courses for the A/E/C industry. His services include consultation, on-site investigation, data collection, assessment, and reporting. He has completed the 30-Hour OSHA Hazard Recognition Training for the Construction Industry
Dr. Hastak Lectures at the 2015 International Conference on Building Resilience
Litigation Support - Dr. Hastak offers expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has served as an Expert Witness on twenty-six (26) cases since 2017 and was deposed on eight plus two evidence depositions. His services include case reviews, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Thoroughly revised to address sustainability and the latest codes and regulations, Infrastructure Planning, Engineering and Economics, Second Edition, describes the full range of skills necessary to plan, implement, upgrade, and maintain infrastructure projects in the public sector.
This edition is designed as a companion workbook to the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 6th Edition (S&K 6). In conjunction with S&K 6, this study guide will assist individuals in their preparation for the CCP Certification examination as well as develop the general knowledge a cost engineering professional is expected to have. This study guide offers insight into the key topics found in each chapter of S&K 6 and provides practice questions and exercises to better develop knowledge in individual areas.
This Education Board publication provides comprehensive and in-depth information on a wide range of cost engineering subjects and will prove to be a valuable resource to any individual seeking professional growth or pursuing an AACE International certification. This publication offers six sections comprising 34 chapters of content on topics such as cost estimating, project planning, value engineering, and strategic asset management, to name a few.
David Peterson, is a well-recognized ebanking pioneer, with a national reputation as a subject matter expert in Financial Technologies and Electronic Payments. As expert witness - 39 years experience in banking technology, 36 years experience in payments, 29 years experience with internet/online banking, 27 years experience in correspondent banking.
Provides expert witness services in correspondent banking, payments and electronic banking. Founder of Goldleaf Technologies. Member National Speakers Assoc. Board member of PaymentsFirst (Regional Payments Association serving FIs in the Southeastern U.S.) Atlanta GA, ArgosRisk, Minneapolis, MN, and softgiving Atlanta, GA. Chief Innovation Officer of First National Bankers Bank Baton Rouge LA. Extremely qualified in electronic banking, payments and general banking operations. Self-motivated and will take necessary initiative for investigations, with direction from retaining counsel. Experience with expert reports, depositions and trial testimony.
Stephen (Steve) T. Hopper, PE, is Founder and Principal of Inviscid Consulting. Over more than three decades, Steve has helped hundreds of clients plan and streamline their warehousing, logistics, manufacturing, and distribution operations by driving down operating costs, boosting capacity, improving service levels, mitigating risk, implementing effective supply chain solutions, emphasizing safety, and enhancing the performance of their supply chain resources: people, processes, inventory, facilities, equipment, material handling systems, transportation assets, and supply chain information technology (IT). He has worked with clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (BIE) degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and is a board-certified, licensed, registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has served as an expert witness on dozens of cases involving supply chain operations in the US, Canada, and Australia and has advised private equity and venture capital investors. He has also been interviewed by the supply chain industry media, authored articles for industry publications, and spoken at industry events.
3PL / Outsourced distribution and fulfillment
Apparel / Footwear
Direct-to-consumer / Ecommerce / Catalog
Food / Beverage / Grocery
High-tech / Electronics
Industrial / Automotive / Aerospace
Mining / Drilling
Pharmaceutical / Health and life sciences
Reverse logistics / Returns
Wholesale / General distribution
Supply Chain Solutions Expertise
Warehouse management systems (WMS)
Warehouse control systems (WCS)
Warehouse execution systems (WES)
Slotting and order picking systems
Transportation management systems (TMS)
Labor management systems (LMS)
Order management systems (OMS)
Voice and automatic identification systems
Equipment, automation, robotics, and software used for handling, packaging, storing, and transporting materials
EJ Janik, CPA, CFF, CFE is a Certified Public Accountant with 40 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 785 business disputes. He has provided expert testimony in over 88 matters including trial testimony in 58 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:
Debt & Capital Analyses
Mergers & Acquisitions
Royalties, Commissions, Income
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:
Jay Hibert was in the Commercial Banking Industry for over 37 years before leaving to form his own company, a real estate lending and consulting company. The company provides services to banks, non-banks, and individuals in need of creative financing solutions. Still an ACTIVE lender in the industry, Jay stays updated on current customs and practices and has transacted hundreds of real estate and non-real estate loan negotiations in times of economic growth as well as downturns in the economy. His extensive credit background arms him with the understanding of how banks and other lenders operate internally.
Litigation Experience - Mr. Hibert has been providing expert witness and consulting services since 2010. He has been designated over 175 times as an expert in 17 different states concerning matters relating to commercial lending, real estate, construction finance, SBA loans, brokerage, hard money loan expert and investment issues. His experience includes both Federal and State court cases where he has provided deposition testimony, trial testimony and arbitration testimony.
Jay is a licensed Real Estate Broker (CalBRE #01523) and for 10 years his company was a California Finance Lender and Broker through the California Department of Business Oversight. He is experienced in trial and deposition testimony and his services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.
Key areas of expertise in litigation work include:
SBA Real Estate Loans
Hard Money Loans
Lending Policies, Custom and Practice/Lender Liability
Broker Standards of Care and Fiduciary Responsibility
Loan Underwriting and Credit Administration
Loan Process and Bank Loan Restructure/Workout Process
Note Valuations/Collateral Review
Litigation and Discovery Consulting
Expert reports adherent to Federal Rule 26
Hard Money Lending
Loan Syndication/Secondary Market Loan Sales
Title Insurance Cases
Private Money Lending
*****Experienced in trial and deposition testimony*****