Commercial Appraiser Expert Witnesses

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Commercial appraiser expert witness candidates typically have appraisal experience, and a background in forensic accounting, real estate appraisal, business valuation, and/or equipment appraisal. In a high-profile case, or a matter involving a large financial stake, a law firm may request a commercial appraisal professional with prior expert witness testimony experience.

An appraisal determines the present economic value, or fair market value, of an asset. Assets can be tangible (real estate, art, product inventory, equipment), or intangible (patents, brand). There are many reasons for a commercial appraisal assignment, including for 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 a commercial appraisal expert witness it is important to inquire about past appraisals and ask what models and assumptions were used.

The reasons for an appraisal of a commercial asset (or assets) are countless. Examples of appraisal matters that would require expertise and expert witness work include intellectual property matters, eminent domain cases, family law (asset valuation), breach of contract, business valuation (mergers and acquisitions, shareholder disputes, bankruptcy), and fraud. Litigation support by a professional commercial appraiser could include commercial real estate evaluation, an appraisal report, appraisal review, expert opinion, deposition testimony, and expert testimony in court. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, an attorney may request a testifying expert with prior experience. In addition, a legal team may request a commercial appraiser for pre-litigation consulting work.

Cahn Litigation Services is skilled and experienced at identifying the ideal expert to provide expert witness services for appraisal matters, and is frequently called upon by law firm clients to find a specialized appraisal expert.

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