MCS Associates -- Experts & Consultants In Banking, Financial Services, Real Estate & Insurance

18881 Von Karman, Suite 1175
Irvine , CA 92612
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Phone: (949) 263-8700
Fax: (949) 263-0770

MCS Associates is a national consulting group with a special focus on Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting in banking, insurance, financial services, securities, real estate, economic & damages analysis, and forensic accounting.

The firm has provided financial, operations and regulatory consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, insurance companies and regulatory agencies as well as real-estate and financial services organizations for over thirty-five years. We undertake expert witness engagements throughout the United States and the firm’s clients include many leading law firms, working on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant financial institutions, borrowers, depositors, developers, insurance companies and their insured, directors and officers, regulatory agencies, investors and individuals.

Together with MCS Associates’ specialized resources in banking, financial services and real estate, the firm also draws on key strategic alliances in insurance, economics, academia and the securities industry to meet a wide range of expert witness needs.

Areas of Expertise include:
- Banking Operations & Administration,
- Lending Policies, Custom & Practice;
- Loan Underwriting & Credit Administration;
- Bankruptcy, Foreclosures & Workouts;
- Trust & Fiduciary Issues / Operations;
- Securities Brokerage & Investments;
- Valuations, Damages Assessment, and Economic Analysis;
- Insurance Industry Custom & Practice;
- Insurance Coverages / Claims Disputes;
- Insurance Bad Faith;
- Insurance Broker / Agent Practices;
- Real Estate Appraisal & Transactions;
- Real Estate Management & Brokerage;
- Employment / Compensation / Wrongful Termination.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Our experts and consultants have advanced degrees and qualifications including Ph.D, MBA, CPA. Insurance experts include licensed brokers and managing agents, as well as CLU, CPCU, ARM and other industry designations. Our securities brokerage experts hold the full range of licenses as brokers and principals; Valuation experts include MAI /SRA and ASA designated appraisers, and other real estate experts' designations include CPM, CRE and contractors licenses.

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Forensic Expert Witness Association, as well as a variety of professional and technical organizations in Finance, Economics, Banking, Securities, and Insurance

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Our experts and consultants are frequent teachers and speakers in their areas of expertise.

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: MCS Associates has been retained in over 600 litigation assignments.

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: See listing of Areas of Expertise

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Approximately 50-60% of our assignments are on behalf of financial institutions, financial service companies, insurance companies and other corporate entities as both plainntiff or defendant

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Approximately 40-50% of assignments are on behalf of banking customers, regulatory agencies, borrowers/depositors, insured parties, investors and/or other individuals either as plaintiffs or defendants

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Our experts are generally very experienced in deposition and trial testimony, as well as highly technically qualified in their areas of expertise

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Litigation consulting and expert witness services have been a major focus of MCS Associates practice for over 17 years, and part of our activities since 1985

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Hourly rates vary according to the expert/consultant(s) involved, but generally range from $150 to $375 per hour

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Hourly rates vary according to the expert/consultant(s) involved, but generally range from $150 to $375 per hour

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Hourly rates vary according to the expert/consultant(s) involved, but generally range from $200 to $450 per hour, with a 4-hour minimum per day

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Hourly rates vary according to the expert/consultant(s) involved, but generally range from $200 to $450 per hour, with a 4-hour minimum per day

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Out-of-pocket expenses are billed in addition to professional fees for travel, and include 3.5% of professional fees to cover all telephone, courier, fax, and copy costs.

References

References from over 350 law firms with whom we have worked are available on request.

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