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Odalys B. Lara, CFF,CPA,CVA

Odalys Z. Lara, CPA, CVA, CFFA, CFF is a principal of Perzel & Lara Forensic CPA’s, P.A. and co-chairs the firm’s litigation support department. Her extensive experience in providing a broad spectrum of professional services including forensic accounting, auditing, tax, pension and estate planning, provides the technical foundation required to excel as a certified business valuation analyst (CVA), Certified Forensic Financial Analyst (CFFA), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). Over twenty years as a certified public accountant, with a wide variety of experience in many different industries, with differing accounting practices and methods, as well as significant tax issues, has provided the technical background needed as a professional providing business valuations, forensic and fraud prevention services, expert witness, and litigation support services. Odalys Lara’s ability to communicate clearly as well as withstand cross-examination and other courtroom dynamics strengthen a case by adding an unparalleled level of credibility and expertise. Clients depend upon her business valuation recommendations in the areas of divorce, mergers and acquisitions, buy-sell agreements, partner and stockholder agreements, damage losses, and succession and estate planning. Odalys has also earned the premier NACVA designation of Certified Forensic Financial Analyst in the areas of economic damages and fraud deterrence & detection (CFFA) and AICPA designation of Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). She uses this additional training in forensic accounting to investigate and uncover financial fraud as well as construct fraud prevention programs. Odalys’ experience includes valuation services for medical and professional practices, service businesses, construction, manufacturing, etc. Her varied background in working in many industries as well as her thirst for up-to-date technical information keeps her on the forefront of business valuation issues. Odalys also teaches nationally for NACVA fraud prevention and detection training.