Forensic Accounting Expert Witnesses
What is a forensic accounting expert witness?
Forensic accounting expert witness candidates typically have an advanced degree (i.e., PhD, MBA) with experience in forensic accounting, economic damages, business valuation, tax law, and/or are a certified public accountant (CPA) or certified fraud examiner. 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 a forensic accounting expert witness?
A forensic accountant uses investigative accounting skills to conduct a financial review of an individual or business. Forensic accounting services are frequently used to support legal proceedings, often in a financial crime case such as fraud or embezzlement.
Forensic accounting expert witness case examples
The firm has performed searches for accounting specialists to provide expert witness services for matters including:
- fraud investigation,
- commercial litigation,
- breach of contract,
- family law,
- financial loss,
- professional malpractice,
- money laundering,
- fiduciary duty,
- embezzlement, and
- taxliability disputes.
What litigation support work might a forensic accounting expert witness be expected to perform?
Litigation support by a forensic accounting expert witness could include an analysis of financial records and financial statement documents, an expert report, expert opinion, deposition, trial preparation, and courtroom testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may require an accounting expert with prior expert testimony experience. In addition, the lead attorney may request a forensic accountant for pre-litigation consulting work. A forensic accounting expert witness must not only have the appropriate substantive expertise and understand accounting principles but should also possess the ability to explain complex financial issues and evidence to lay people.
Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a forensic accounting expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.
Forensic Accounting Expert Witness - Representative Bios
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Forensic Accounting experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Forensic Accounting landscape.