Valuation Expert Witnesses

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What is a valuation expert witness?

Valuation expert witness candidates typically have experience in forensic accountingappraisaleconomic damagereal estatebusiness valuation, and/or intellectual property valuation. Cahn Litigation Services is skilled and experienced at identifying the ideal expert to provide expert witness services for valuation matters, and is frequently called upon by law firm clients to find a business valuation expert witness, real estate appraisal expert, certified public accountant (CPA), and other specialized valuation experts. Forensic accounting is a specialty practice area of accounting, and requires accounting, auditing, quantitative methods, knowledge of certain areas of the law, and investigative skills. 

What types of cases require a valuation expert witness?

The reasons for a valuation of an asset are countless. Examples of valuation matters that would require expertise and expert witness work include intellectual property matters (trademark/patent/trade secret), family law (asset valuation), breach of contract, eminent domain, business valuation (mergers and acquisitions, shareholder disputes, bankruptcy), personal injury, product liability, and fraud.

In the world of finance, a valuation determines, or influences, the present economic value, or fair market value, of an asset. Assets can be tangible (real estate, art, product inventory), or intangible (patents, brand). There are many reasons for the valuation of an asset, such as for tax purposes, mergers/acquisitions, or litigation. Valuation methodologies vary depending on the situation. All valuation models have limitations; a valuation requires assumptions and acumen. Therefore, outcomes will vary depending on the assumptions used. When selecting a valuation expert witness it is important to inquire about past appraisals and ask what models and assumptions were used.

What litigation support work might a valuation expert witness be expected to perform?

Litigation support by a valuation expert witness could include research and authoring expert reports, financial statements review, damage analyses, and expert testimony at deposition and at trial. In addition, clients may seek a valuation industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work. A valuation expert witness needs to not only have expertise but must also possess the ability to explain technology to lay people, such as judge and jury. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a testifying expert with prior testifying experience.

Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a valuation expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.

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