Frank Carr has extensive background and experience as an Investment Industry Employment and Compensation Expert Witness, especially Investment Management Firms, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Wealth Managers, and Broker-Dealers. Mr. Carr is a former corporate banker, investment firm Chief Financial Officer and a 20 year veteran of executive search for the Investment Management industry. He has written articles for and has been frequently quoted by publications such as Bloomberg News, CNN Money, Fund Fire, Ignites, Absolute Return, Hedge Fund Alert, and Hedge Fund Manager Week. Prior to entering the executive search field, he was the Chief Financial Officer of a Connecticut-based hedge fund and Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). Mr. Carr started his career in commercial bank lending, initially with Citigroup in their Wall Street Commodities division and later specialized in financing independent feature film producers, TV producers, and television station owners on behalf of European American Bank in New York.
Litigation Support - Frank Carr is an Investment Industry Employment and Compensation Expert Witness who has been retained by both plaintiffs and defendants for American Arbitration Association, JAMS and FINRA arbitration, mediation, and federal court litigation. Mr. Carr has over 30 years of experience in Financial Services, Investment Management, and Banking and his areas of coverage include Traditional and Alternative Investments – Equities, Fixed Income, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and Managed Futures. Specialist in Wall Street Divorce.
Areas of Expertise:
Employment and Hiring Practices
Institutional Asset Management
Broker / Dealers
Retail Financial Advisory
Sales Process for Investment Products
Prior Expert Witness Assignments:
Represented a hedge fund portfolio manager as an expert rebuttal witness in a high profile hedge fund employment/compensation lawsuit. Prepared a rebuttal opinion letter submitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Represented a $12 billion Texas-based SEC Registered Investment Adviser and leading global alternative credit manager in a JAMS arbitration regarding a terminated employee. Prepared a rebuttal expert witness report and provided live testimony at the JAMS arbitration hearing.
Represented a financial advisor in a FINRA arbitration against one of the top 5 U.S. wealth management firms. The scope of the opinion included projected career advancement, compensation analysis and calculation of lost earnings.
Represented a portfolio manager/ investment analyst in a wrongful termination action against one of the largest U.S. Broker-Dealers with over $600 billion in assets. The scope of the opinion included projected career advancement and compensation analysis. Prepared an expert witness report and provided live testimony at the FINRA arbitration hearing.
Education - Mr. Carr is a graduate of Williams College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy. He completed the Management Training Program at Citigroup in New York, including courses in accounting, finance, and capital markets. He has previously held FINRA licenses, Series 3, 6, and 63 and has completed Level I of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) program.
Jeffrey Ketchum, CRA, is an Executive Recruiter and Executive CompensationConsultant with 28 years of executive level (C-level, VP & Director) search consulting experience for small, middle market and Fortune 500 companies. He has global executive research experience in North America, South & Central America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
Mr. Ketchum's expertise is in leadership advisory, strategic talent planning, succession planning, executive talent attraction, executive compensation, management appraisal & executive assessment, and executive & managerial development. He has personally completed 200 engagements focused on executive recruiting, executive marketability, executive compensation and executive assessment (skills, competencies, experiences, performance).
Mr. Ketchum is a Graduate of Cornell University's Advanced Program for Executive Search & Leadership Consulting. He is AESC Certified Researcher/Associate (CRA) through the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, the official representative of the industry to the US Government and European Commission.
Litigation Support - Mr. Ketchum is available for select expert witness engagements, consulting (non-testifying), strategy, and litigation support. He asseses executive experience, skills, and performance for divorce, negligence, personal injury cases (future lost earning capacity or wage loss), shareholder suits, whistleblower and wrongful termination cases. He opines on issues related to executive earning capacity, executive employability, executive job search analysis, and (un)reasonable compensation.
As an Executive Recruiting and Executive Compensation expert witness, cases may include:
The career path, opportunities, and compensation plaintiff would likely have had if not injured;
Whether an individual used reasonable efforts to find substantially equivalent employment;
The long-term impact on an individuals career because of an employment termination;
Whether defendant was negligent in vetting candidates which contributed to damages
Stokes & Associates specialize in Life Care Planning and Vocational Rehabilitation. Our team has a combined experience of over 20,000 case assignment engagements. We can quickly map out a plan to provide the right level of service for the task. Our detailed Request for Services interview is conducted before we begin work to ensure roles and expectations are clearly determined from the onset of their involvement.
Litigation Support - Stokes & Associates takes the role of expert testimony very seriously. We bring professionalism to each testifying opportunity, and our extensive experience enables us to communicate with the trier of fact, be it a judge, jury, or third-party mediator, in order to help them understand the often complicated topics at issue.
Stokes & Associates remains up-to-date on the latest case law relating to admissible testimony, and are dedicated to producing reliable and valid work-product that can withstand challenges during testimony. We are confident that we can defend the reasonableness, necessity, and soundness of our opinions and conclusions. Our members have been accepted as experts in vocational rehabilitation and life care planning in state and federal courts and administrative hearings, and have testified in venues across the Southeast and around the country.
Areas of Experience:
Jones Act / Maritime
Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation
State Worker’s Compensation
Long Term Disability
Social Security Administration
Domestic Relations (earning capacity of spouse)
Americans With Disabilities Act
Aaron M. Wolfson, PhD, LRC, CRC, CLCP, is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor, and Certified Life Care Planner who has testified as an expert witness in both state and federal jurisdictions.
Dr. Wolfson is a New Orleans native who earned his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colgate University, as well as a Master’s Degree and Doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He completed a doctoral internship at the University of Washington, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology.
Dr. Wolfson received specialized training at the University of Washington Multidisciplinary Pain Center, as well as multiple inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation departments, and has published in the areas of vocational rehabilitation and clinical decision making in rehabilitation populations.
Expertise: Chronic Pain Management - Physical Rehabilitation - Residual Earning Capacity Analysis - Assessment of Future Medical Needs - Life Care Planning
Todd S. Capielano, M.Ed., LRC, CRC, LPC, CLCP, CCM, is a Licensed and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Life Care Planner who has practiced in the private sector of Vocational Rehabilitation for over 35 years. He has been in the field of vocational rehabilitation since 1985, specializing in vocational evaluations, labor market research, job placement, and working up future medical care costs for catastrophic and non-catastrophic injuries in life care plans.
Mr. Capielano has been accepted as a vocational expert since 1989 in various courts, including Federal, State, Civil District Courts, and before Administrative Law Judges for Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act claims. Additionally, he has served as a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration testifying in thousands of cases since 1992.
Mr. Capielano is a member of professional organizations, including the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, the Louisiana Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has served as Board Member at Large, President, and Past-President of IARP-LA. He received his Master’s degree in Counseling in 1992 from the University of New Orleans and his Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Medical Center, School of Allied Health Professions in 1986.
Mr. Capielano holds national certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Case Manager, and Certified Life Care Planner. He has taught college-level counseling classes at Bethesda Bible College as an adjunct faculty member. Additionally, Mr. Capielano is a licensed professional counselor specializing in marriage and family counseling.
Mr. Capielano specializes in the areas of:
Expertise: Life Care Planning - Vocational Assessment - Wage and Earning Capacity Analysis - Job Placement - Labor Market Research - Career Counseling