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:
Monica M. Argumedo, MD, is a Board-Certified Forensic and Clinical Psychiatrist (ABPN). Dr. Argumedo has testified about her forensic opinions in more than 40 cases in open court. In psychiatric practice for more than 15 years, Dr. Argumedo teaches at Rush University Medical School/Rush University Medical Center as Assistant Professor in Psychiatry. She teaches psychiatry residents in topics related to psychiatry and the law, and psychiatry in medicine. She also interviews prospective medical students through her role on the Medical Admissions Committee.
Dr. Argumedo works with Employers in cases where mental health/psychiatric concerns about an employee require an objective and unbiased Fitness for Duty Evaluation and report. She also consults in employment matters and litigation and serves as a disclosed expert witness. Her work addresses fitness for duty (FFD) in a litigated environment, Wrongful Termination, and Psychiatric Disability. Additional experience includes FFD of peace officers and first responders.
Services - Forensic Psychiatry, Medico-Legal evaluations, medical complications, review of records, written reports, deposition testimony, trial testimony, consultation to attorneys addressing psychiatric issues relevant in a case, opposing counsel expert reports or expert qualifications, assisting with cross-examination questions, and lines of inquiry.
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Mr. Beringer is Principal of Beringer & Associates (B&A) and Liability Program Management (LPM). Mr. Beringer is an approved consultant by the A.M. Best, since 2006, organization for liability and insurance program management, including construction, OCIP, TPA, JPA, Captives, Memorandum of Coverage, and insurance coverage analysis. The Cayman Island Monetary Authority approved Mr. Beringer as a licensed captive owner in 2002 for Segregated Portfolio Company Creative Solutions, SPC.
As B&A, since January of 2000, the firm has provided risk analysis and management services to the insurance, reinsurance, construction and transportation industry. Previous to the formation of B&A, Mr. Beringer worked in the insurance industry for 30 plus years as a Litigation Manager. Since B&A’s formation, he assisted major insurance carriers and served as a consultant to various reinsurance and captive insurance carriers.
Mr. Beringer has participated in over 300 mediation as the primary negotiator and the mediator since 1985. The cases include all types of tort and contractual matters on the behalf of his client.
B&A also form/operate alternative risk transfer mechanisms for domestic and non-domestic captive programs, including purchasing and risk retention groups; assist with supervision of Third-Party Administrators, and municipal construction programs. Mr. Beringer is an approved consultant by the A.M. Best organization for liability program management.
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:
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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.
David Gouiran, MBA, JD, is the Principal Economist at Delta Economics. A graduate of New York University-Stern School of Business, Columbia University Business School, and New York Law School, with concentrations in finance and economics, he has over 20 years of relevant experience in the global investment, banking, and financial services arena. Background - Mr. Gouiran is a member of the Member of the National Association of Forensic Economics, Currently President (2019-2020) Collegium of Pecuniary Damages Experts, Member of American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts, and New York and New Jersey Bar Associations. Litigation Support - Mr. Gouiran offers high quality, comprehensible, prompt, and reasonably priced calculation of Economic Losses for New Jersey and New York litigators. Retained for his expertise over 150 times, his services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Areas of Expertise - David Gouiran delivers expert analysis and calculation of losses, reports, present value calculations, and testimony for the following cases:
Motor Vehicle Accident Death of Parent Parental Loss Loss of Consortium Burn Injuries Suicide Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Child Sexual Abuse Child Abuse Child Custody Disputes Spousal Abuse Elder Abuse Employee Harassment Employee Discrimination Race Discrimination Gender Discrimination Ethnic Discrimination Accommodation ADA FEHA Wrongful Termination Effects of Stress Standard of Care Psychiatric Malpractice Boundary Violations Wrongful Death Prescribing Psychiatric Medication Stress Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Class Action Mass Torts Toxic Torts Asbestos Mold Damp Buildings TCE Exposure Malingering Factitious Disorder Somatization Disorders Subjective Disorders Stalking Competency Testamentary Capacity Undue Influence Will Contest Psychological Testing Neuropsychological Testing Psychology Psychologist Neuropsychology Neuropsychologist Neuropsychiatrist Head Injury Traumatic Brain Injury Cognitive Impairment Neurocognitive Assessment
Gordon Kamisar, Esq., is a certified expert in Executive Recruiting, who has placed hundreds of different executives in the past 27 years in a variety of industries, and who also has a sub-specialty in Attorney Recruiting. A Duke Law School graduate who received his B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan, Gordon Kamisar is President of his own executive search firm.
Litigation Support - Mr. Kamisar has been deemed qualified as an expert in trial court, and was found in a recent court opinion to be a "credible and knowledgeable" expert on the subject of executive and attorney placements and compensation, testifying for the defendant employer. Mr. Kamisar has experience testifying in depositions and at trial. He is available to travel nationally and within the past two years has testified in cases in San Francisco, Dallas, and New York City.
Mr. Kamisar has served as an expert witness on the subjects of: