I am the principal and founder of Veritas Forensic Accounting and Economics. The firm specializes in expert witness testimony in litigation, arbitration, appraisal and mediation, and as a Court Appointed Special Masters, involving a wide variety of economic loss, forensic accounting, fraud examination and valuation scenarios.
Veritas engagements are managed by professionals with federal and state court testifying experience and more than 25 years' tenure in their respective disciplines. Assignments have arisen out of such events as the Exxon Valdez and BP Oil Spills, the 9/11 attack, the Bellingham Pipeline Explosion, the 2008 banking crisis, and a wide variety of matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, business interruption, business dissolution, economic viability, class actions, bellwether plaintiffs, construction defect, construction delay and cost overrun, builder's risk policies, employee dishonesty, receivership, bankruptcy, fraud, insurance loss, inventory loss, property damage, intellectual property, trademarks, patents, copyright infringement, trade secrets, partner disputes, personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, securities and wrongful termination.
Veritas' Associates background and experience includes engagements across a broad spectrum of industries worldwide with a relatively equal distribution of plaintiff and defense work. Associates are all well-versed in courtroom requirements for producing relevant and reliable findings that assist the trier of fact. Veritas Associates focus particularly on effectively communicating distilled findings through providing easy-to-understand testimony and exhibits.
Degrees/Licenses/Composition of Team (Veritas)
PhD in Economics, CPA, CFE, CFF, CGMA, CCI, MBA, Court Appointed Special Master Relative to Damage Measurement and Forensic Accounting Issues, Accounting and Economics Professors, Former Big 4 Partners and Managers, Fortune 100 Accounting System Architect
Areas of Expertise
- Business Interruption
- Business Valuation
- Forensic Accounting
- Fraud Investigation
- Lost Profits
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Certified Public Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics, Certified Fraud Examiner, Forensic Certified Public Accountant, Registered Investigator
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, American College of Forensic Examiners, Council on Ethical Billing, Council on Litigation Management, Forensic Certified Public Accountant, International Association for Asset Recovery, Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Authored and conducted the following continuing education courses for attorneys, accountants, business owners and insurance professionals - 1. "How to prove and how not to prove lost profits and loss of earnings damages,", 2. "Helping the court and your case," 3. "Claims Advocacy - Investigative accounting and claims consulting," 4. "Cost Audits - Keys to accurate and effective audits," 5. "What would never happen has - Making the most of a difficult situation - Investigative accounting keys to measuring catastrophic loss," 6. "Minimizing the burden of a catastrophic event - Accounting for emergency response and other economic loss," 7. "Investigative accounting issues and effective use of forensic accountants," 8. "An introduction to the process of managing business interruption engagements and calculating business income loss," 9. "Business interruption damages," 10. "Business interruption losses - 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (issues)."
- 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: Several hundred engagements
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Economic damages (many types),special master (investigative accounting issues), specialized audits, full operational reviews, due diligence, fraud examination, appraisal, valuation (variety of valuation exercises), values-at-risk.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 50%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 50%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 50+ times
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: September 30, 2011
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: 25+ times
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 30+ times
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 22 years
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Economic loss measurement and review (many types), investigative accounting and consulting, fraud examination, catastrophic loss analysis, expert testimony.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $320 per hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $275 (staff rates range from $75 to $235)
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $370
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $370
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel expenses, copy fees.
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