Appraisal Expert Witnesses

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Appraisal expert witness candidates typically have backgrounds in forensic accountingart appraisalreal estate appraisal, business valuation, domain name valuation, and/or equipment appraisal. The chosen expert may be associated with an industry organization such as the Appraisal Institute, National Association of Appraisers (NAA), the Appraisal Foundation, or the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).

An appraisal determines the present economic value, or fair market value, of an asset. Assets can be tangible (e.g., real estate, art, product inventory, equipment), or intangible (e.g., patents, brand). There are many reasons for an appraisal assignment, such as for property tax purposes, mergers/acquisitions, or litigation. Appraisal methodologies vary depending on the situation, and all appraisal models have limitations; a valuation requires assumptions and acumen. Therefore, outcomes will vary depending on the assumptions used. When selecting an appraisal expert witness it is important to inquire about past appraisals and ask what models and assumptions were used. The reasons for an asset appraisal services are countless. Examples of appraisal matters that have required expert witness work include:

Expert witness services by a professional appraiser could include an appraisal report, appraisal review, expert opinion, and expert witness testimony in the courtroom. Cahn Litigation Services is skilled at identifying professionals to provide litigation support appraisal work, and is frequently called upon by law firm clients to identify appraisal and valuation expert witness candidates.

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Appraisal Expert Witness - Sample Bios

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


Expert Witness #123933

This expert has deep experience in jewelry design, copyright, manufacturing, and analysis. With many years of design and manufacturing expertise, this expert maintains an active copyright consulting practice for numerous artists and designers, and holds a number of design copyrights, personally.

This expert's primary focus is on jewelry and although the bulk of this expert's business is centered around forensic appraisal this expert specializes on research to document design origins and influences, as well as the finite details of design, branding and marketing.

This expert is has been an expert witness in a copyright infringement matter, supporting the defendant and was also retained in a trade secrets and copyright infringement matter supporting the plaintiff. This expert has additional experience as an expert on a design and branded trademark infringement matter for the defense.


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Expert Witness #254970

This expert is an appraisal professional with many years of business consulting experience and holds a National Master Certification in Machinery and Equipment Appraisal. This expert also holds a Certification as a Senior Business Analyst in multiple states. This expert's knowledge of Machinery and Business comes from a vast array of personal experience. This expert had the opportunity to directly apprentice under a Director of the NEBB Institute and has personally trained over 1000 Machinery and Equipment Appraisers. This expert honed a Business Consulting skillset and learned the intricacies of Business Brokerage, Equipment Appraisal, and Equipment Brokerage.

This expert currently specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Business Grooming with intent to Sell, and performing Machinery / Equipment Appraisals for clients. These clients include Fortune 500, International Companies, Federal / State / Municipal Agencies, Banking Institutions, Law Firms, CPA / Accounting Firms, and companies of nearly every type and size. This expert's deep understanding of current business trends and how they impact a company allows this expert to give knowledgeable strategic business advice. This expert has been awarded the professional designation of MCMEA, and CMEA by the National Equipment Business Brokers Institute also the Designation of CSBA by the Society of Business Analysts. These organizations are made up of Trusted Advisors including Attorneys, CPAs, Business Brokers, and Financial professionals. As a Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser, this expert is trained and compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (U.S.P.A.P.). This expert has extensive prior litigation experience and has been deposed and testified several times.


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Expert Witness #254986

This expert serves as Managing Director of industrial and inventory valuations for a large, internationally recognized consultancy and has direct experience regarding the appraisal of fasteners. Prior to this role, this expert headed a large commercial appraiser's Inventory Valuation practice, where this expert's team produced reports used primarily for financing and financial reporting. With many years of experience, this expert has directed inventory appraisals across a wide range of industries, including aerospace, apparel, chemicals, food processing, building products, beverage, giftware, furniture, healthcare, home furnishings, industrial machinery, lumber, machine tools, medical devices, metals, paper, pharmaceuticals, plastics, retail, technology, textiles and transportation.

While most of this expert's direct experience with fasteners has been as part of industrial appraisals, this expert has also worked on multiple liquidations where fasteners were sold; in these liquidations, the fasteners were ancillary assets and not the primary focus of the sales. Most prominently, this expert has appraised the inventory of a fastener company for a secured lender prior to its bankruptcy and its eventually sale through a bankruptcy process. In this case, this expert conducted appraisal work (multiple times) and provided consulting services to the secured lender during the bankruptcy process. This expert has also completed multiple appraisals of other companies that manufactured and distributed fasteners.

As an expert witness, this expert has experience testifying before federal bankruptcy court as well as supporting litigation through depositions, affidavits of value, and consulting experience. This expert also has experience with machinery and equipment appraisals, marine assets, fishery permits and has managed many inventory auctions and liquidations. This expert is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Turnaround Management Association. This expert frequently speaks on valuation topics and has published several articles related to the appraisal process. This expert is a Candidate of the American Society of Appraisers, and has completed the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) coursework.


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Expert Witness #255118

This expert is an appraisal professional. This expert's role is to provide clients with quality M&E appraisals that meet the highest industry and governmental standards. This expert's project portfolio covers a wide range of industries and asset types, and this expert strives for consistency, competency, and reliability. This expert's appraisals are strictly compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and all Small Business Administration (SBA) standards. This expert will also customize any appraisal as necessary to meet the specific requirement of clients' lending, legal, tax, and insurance institutions. This expert has performed more than 250 appraisals, conducted as Sole or Lead Appraiser leading to more than $550,000,000 total valuations. Additionally, this expert has contributed to approx. 50 appraisals as Valuation Assistant or Assistant Appraiser. This expert holds the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA-MTS) designation with the ASA, the Certified Equipment Appraiser (CEA) designation with the Association of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers, and the Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) designation with the National Auctioneers Association. This expert holds active memberships in the ASA, AMEA, and NAA.


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Expert Witness #255188

This expert is Principal of an appraisal firm with many years of experience as full time appraiser. Certified by the American Society of Appraisers with a Senior Appraiser designation in the Machinery & Technical Specialties Discipline, this expert has completed machinery and equipment appraisals, including:

- Transportation Equipment

- Manufacturing Equipment

- Material Handling Equipment

- Scrap Metal Recycle

- Construction/Agriculture Equipment

This expert has a wide range of appraisal experience with emphasis in providing valuations for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) appraisal requirements, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) requirements, bankruptcy appraisals, insurance appraisals, and casualty loss appraisals. This expert has provided both Restricted and Full Appraisal Reports, and has served as an expert witness being deposed and testifying in court.
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Expert Witness #255192

This expert is President of an internationally recognized M&A consultancy specializing in the Appraisal/Valuation and liquidation of assets. This expert has appraised/valued numerous businesses and many types of Machinery & Equipment. Among others, this expert holds the following accreditations:

Master Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser

Certified Senior Business Analyst  

Certified Firearms Appraiser

Examples of businesses this expert has valued for sale include:

  • Distributor of Fasteners  
  • Tool & Die, Prototypes, Machine Shop  
  • Vehicle Safety Equipment  
  • Metal Finishing  

This expert has a wide range of appraisal experience with emphasis in providing valuations for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) appraisal requirements, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) requirements, bankruptcy appraisals, insurance appraisals, and casualty loss appraisals. This expert has provided both Restricted and Full Appraisal Reports, and has served as an expert witness being deposed and testifying in court.


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Expert Witness #257104

This expert has many years of broad based experience as a real estate professional, including appraisal, physical condition assessments, environmental site assessments, construction, development, brokerage, property management and receivership. Prior to forming a firm, this expert was the Chief Operating Officer of a national full service commercial due diligence firm. Under this expert's direction, the firm provided appraisal, environmental, engineering and construction consultation on thousands for investment grade properties annually. This expert has extensive experience in appraisal, including unique properties such as a Nuclear power plant, and numerous trophy office buildings. This expert has been a guest lecturer and panel member on various appraisal and due diligence topics. In addition, this expert has been qualified as an expert witness in a State Supreme Court and in conjunction with arbitration proceedings.


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Expert Witness #255104

This expert is an appraisal professional with many years of experience as full-time machinery and equipment appraiser. Certified by the American Society of Appraisers as a Senior Appraisers, this expert has completed 750 machinery and equipment appraisals, including:

- Tool and Die

- Metal Fabricating

- Plastic Injection Molding

- Scrap Metal Recycle

- Spring Maker

Prior to becoming a valuation professional, this expert was President and owner of a Tool and Die manufacturing company where this expert spent many years as a tool manufacturing, designing and engineering professional. This provides a highly desirable and unique skillset for the valuation of fabricated automotive parts such as fasteners. This expert has prior litigation experience and has been deposed and testified several times.


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Expert Witness #123982

This expert's focus is on jewelry design issues for copyright, trademark and trade dress matters, as well as valuation and appraisal matters for the courts and insurance claims. This expert researches design elements found in antique jewelry, art, architecture and other media to determine originality in jewelry design. This expert is a respected instructor for some commercial courses in jewelry design, jewelry buying and appraisal, and often presents at industry conferences on the subject. This expert has been published in industry journals, and has experience as an expert witness in court and before the PTAB.


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Expert Witness #266541

This expert has many years of banking and lending experience, specializing in credit risk. This expert completed a 4.5MM residential real estate case that required forensic evaluation of underwriting, appraisal process, collections, loan modification applications/decisions and compliance with government programs. The discovery in this case exceeded 60,000 pages and thousands of documents. This expert has completed a report and deposition of a $50MM fraud case requiring the evaluation of a multi-year relationship of underwriting, closing procedures, ongoing administration, collateral administration, financial information and analysis.

During and after the real estate crash in 2006-10, this expert was part of a specialized residential real estate team that evaluated thousands of defaulted mortgages coast to coast. This involved forensic evaluation of fraudulent activity in mortgage lending, compliance with government modification programs, foreclosure processes, appraisal processes, collections, underwriting and documentation. This expert led a forensic evaluation of a portfolio of fraudulently underwritten home mortgages perpetrated by a rogue staff of a bank branch and documented a package for the FBI/DOJ for prosecution. This expert has written expert witness reports and has been deposed.


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