Accounting Expert Witnesses

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What is an accounting expert witness?

Accounting expert witnesses typically have advanced degrees (MBA, PhD) with expertise in forensic accounting, economic damages, business valuation, and/or are certified public accountants (CPA), certified valuation analysts (CVA), or certified fraud examiners (CFE). Some experts are also certified in financial forensics (CFF). The chosen expert could be a member of an industry organization such as the Institute of Certified Forensic Accountants (ICFA), the National Association of Forensic Accountants (NAFA), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the American Board of Forensic Accounting (ABFA), or the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

What types of cases require an accounting expert witness?

Litigation matters that require an expert in accounting include forensic accounting services for a fraud investigations, business disputes involving a breach of contract, accounting firm auditing of financial records to support commercial litigation, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) expert opinions on economic damages relating to professional malpractice, real estate money laundering, business valuation, advisory service fraud, damage analysis for personal injury cases, intellectual property infringement valuation services, lost profits calculations to support business interruption cases, forensic accounting expert witness to support shareholder disputes, fiduciary duty, and tax liability and financial statement disputes. Accounting has several sub-specialties including financial accountingmanagement accountingexternal auditingtax accounting, forensic accounting, political campaign accounting, and cost accounting that may require additional expertise.

What litigation support work might an accounting expert witness be expected to perform?

Litigation support by an accounting expert witness could include services to support legal proceedings, often in a financial crime case such as fraud or embezzlement. Expert witness services by an accountant or economist could include auditing of financial records and financial statements, authoring an expert report or expert opinion, and sitting for depositions, dispute resolution, and courtroom testimony. In addition, litigators may request a CPA expert or forensic accountant for pre-litigation consulting services. In cases involving a sizeable financial stake, a law firm may require an accounting specialist with prior expert witness testimony experience.

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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Accounting experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Accounting landscape.