With offices in Reno and Las Vegas, I render expert testimony and consulting services, throughout the U.S., primarily in complex business litigation, criminal defense and divorce matters. The services that are performed in litigation matters involve forensic accounting issues; economic damage claims; financial fraud; partner/shareholder disputes; breaches of fiduciary duties; standards of care; personal injury/wrongful death; white collar crime; business valuations; and in family law matters the services involve valuation of businesses, property division, tracing, tax issues, and spousal support. Types of businesses for which many of the services have been performed include, but are not limited to, manufacturing; distribution; retail sales; construction; real estate development; transportation; and professional practices, e.g. medical, law and accounting, and other service businesses.
I am a CPA, Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV), and a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA®), a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®), a Certified Financial Forensic (CFF), a Certified Forensic Accountant® (CRFAC®), a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting® (DABFA®), a Forensic Certified Public Accountant™ (FCPA™), a Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA®), and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), with offices in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, and provide consulting and expert services throughout the United States. At the time I am writing this, I have testified forty-two times at trial and thirty-eight times at deposition.
Below is a somewhat detailed account of the types of services that I provide.
Forensic accounting: Diversion, concealment and other misappropriations of income or funds and other assets; breaches of fiduciary duties due to misuse of funds or other assets; whether the integrity of a business entity has been compromised under an alter ego premise; separate versus community property in divorce matters based on tracing of sources and uses of funds and other assets.
Economic damages: Contract disputes involving goods and services, commissions, royalties, etc.; lost earnings based on tort claims; business interruptions; wrongful discharge claims; personal injury claims; damages relative to standards of care involving accounting issues; damages that are determined based on forensic accounting services, such those listed above.
Business valuations: Purchases or sales of businesses, including professional practices, or interests therein; litigation regarding the sales price of businesses or business interests in negotiated sales or in mandatory buy-outs, or other disputes involving value, or when diminution in business value is a means of determining economic loss; gifting purposes; estate tax purposes; eminent domain proceedings; property settlements in marital dissolutions.
Marital dissolutions: property division, including separate versus community property interests in businesses, real property, retirement plans and other assets; business valuations; alimony; tax issues.
Areas of Expertise
- Business Interruption
- Business Valuation
- Forensic Accounting
- Franchise Valuation
- Fraud Investigation
- Intangible Assets Appraisal
- Lost Profits
- White Collar Crime
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: CPA
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA®), credentialed by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts®
Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®), credentialed by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts®
Certified Financial Forensic (CFF), credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Certified Forensic Accountant® (CRFAC®), credentialed by the American Board of Forensic Accounting®
Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting® (DABFA®)
Forensic Certified Public Accountant™ (FCPA™), credentialed by the Forensic CPA Society
Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA®), credentialed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), credentialed by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants
National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts®
American Board of Forensic Accounting®
Forensic Expert Witness Association
Forensic CPA Society
National Association of Forensic Economics
Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
Washoe County Bar Association
Clark County Bar Association
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: “Valuations In Bankruptcy” to the Northern Nevada Bankruptcy Bar Association (October 2004).
“Using Financial Specialists as Experts or Consultants and What They Expert of Attorneys” to the Association of Defense Counsel (Northern Nevada) (August 2006).
“Tax Returns as a Source of Hidden Assets” and “Financial Documents as Sources of Hidden Assets” as part of the presentation “Forensic Accounting: Finding the Loot/Exposing the Vice” at the State Bar of Nevada 2007 Family Law Conference (March 2007).
“The Wizardly World of Business Valuations & Forensic Accounting” at the State Bar of Nevada 2008 Family Law Conference (March 2008).
"Nontechnical Discussion About Business Valuations and Business Valuators" to the Elko County Bar Association.
"An Overview of Accounting Controls to Prevent Fraud" to the Construction Financial Management Association.
"Business Valaution Issues to Attorneys Whose Areas of Practice Include Business Litigation, Family Law and Business Transactions" to the Washoe County Bar Accociation (January 2012)and to the Clark County Bar Association (February 2012)
"What (Financial) Expert Expect of Attorneys, i. e. How Attorneys and Expert Can Work Best Together" and "Using Tax Returns and Other Financial Documents as Sources for Discovering Hidden Assets" to Washoe County Bar Association (November 7, 2013).
"Using Financial Documents, Public Records and the Internet as Sources for Uncovering Vital Information" as part of seminar titled "Hidden Assets: Techniques for Collecting Evidence" to Clark County Bar Association (February 6, 2014).
Various presentations to other professional organizations and to a variety of law firms.
- 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: Over 350
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Economic damages, including lost profits due to a variety of causes, such as contact breaches, torts, personal injury and wrongful death matters; forensic accounting matters; fraud and white collar crime matters; business valuation matters; standards of care matters; family law matters; other matters involving accounting, tax and financial issues.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: Approximately 50%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: Approximately 50%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 38
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: July 30, 2018
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: 42
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 42
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: Approximately 23 years
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Expert witness testimony in areas of forensic accounting; economic damages determinations for lost profits in contract breaches and torts, personal injuries, etc.; fraud and white collar crime; standards of care; business valuations; family law
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $325
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $325 or less, depending on the nature of the work involved.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $325
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $325, with a minimum of four hours.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel, lodgeing and other out-of-pocket expenses may be charged, depending on circumstances.
Will be furnished upon request.