Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Services Conference (VFALSWEB)

VFALS Online
VFALS Online
Thursday, January 13, 2022 - Friday, January 14, 2022
Webcast or Webinar, Online
7:00AM - 5:25PM (opens at 7:00AM) EST
18Credits
Accounting and Auditing and Technical Business

Registration is Closed

Online registration for this course is now closed. Please contact the Member Service Center at (800) 342-3197 if you wish to inquire about registering.

Members
$470.00 Regular Price
Non-Members
$720.00 Regular Price
Course Type: CPE Conferences
Course Code: 21/VFALSWEB
Field of Study: Accounting, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Specialized Knowledge, Information Technology

Overview:


Become Anticipatory in Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services
 
Welcome!  We are very excited to be offering the 2022 conference via LIVESTREAM!  We have an outstanding lineup of nationally recognized thought leaders - some new, some returning - along with the always popular From the Bench discussion - your questions answered by our panel of judges.  This long-standing, elite conference keeps you connected with your peers, providing novice and seasoned CPAs, attorneys and other finance professionals alike with the information and tools needed to keep on top of the profession. Explore issues in litigation from divorce, family law and working capital/cash flow considerations post COVID-19 to BV concerns related to levels of value, personal enterprise/good will and valuation.  Now that we've piqued your interest, we hope you will take a moment to review the complete agenda, register and start 2022 off right! 


Keynote Presentations
 

Bruce Dorris, J.D.
CFE, CPA
President and CEO
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 

James Hitchner
CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA
Managing Director
Financial Valuation Advisors

Jeff Kinrich
CPA, MBA

Expert Witness, Accounting, Finance and Economics and Author
Lost Profit Damages: Principles, Methods, and Applications

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                       
CPE Credit:

This conference qualifies for up to 18 hours of CPE credit and is subject to change. CPE credit is subject to approval by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The type of credit earned depends on concurrent breakouts chosen. Please indicate choice of breakouts on the registration form.

Conference Materials

Conference reference materials are distributed to registrants electronically in advance of the program.  This fully searchable PDF includes speaker presentations and is intended for electronic use only.

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Schedule:

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Early Riser: Working with the Forensic Accountant in Bankruptcy Cases

Time: Thursday 7:00am - 7:50am Credits: 1 TB

Nick Landera, CPA, CFF, CVA, CFE, Appelrouth Farah & Co., P.A. and Chris Somodevilla, Partner, Liederman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla

Forensic accountants have come to be highly utilized during bankruptcy proceedings, whether it be for uncovering fraudulent transfers, assisting in the preparation of attack of a chapter 11 reorganization plan, or tracing funds from a debtor's bank account.  Learn the various ways to work in this unique area.

 

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Break

Time: Thursday 7:50am - 8:00am

Introduction and Opening Remarks

Time: Thursday 8:00am - 8:05am

Committee Chair: Richard A. Pollack, CPA, ABV, CFF, ASA, CBA, CFE, CAMS, CIRA, CVA, CGMA, Director-in-Charge, Forensic and Advisory Services, BerkowitzPollack Brant

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Where Are Your Cameras? Staying Up-to-Date With Fraud Risk Management

Time: Thursday 8:10am - 9:00am Credits: 1 AA

Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, President and CEO, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Most organizations have internal controls in place, but you are aware of what they are, how well they work, and if anyone is really checking them?  Explore best practices for fraud risk management and examine trouble spots that organizations may not be watching.

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Best Practices Business Valuation Methods in Litigation

Time: Thursday 9:05am - 9:55am Credits: 1 TB

James R. Hitchner, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, Managing Director, Financial Valuation Advisors

Valuations in litigation can mean greater scrutiny on your work and report.  You WILL be attacked.  Learn how to defend your analysis and report in this contentious area of business valuation.

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Break

Time: Thursday 9:55am - 10:05am

Distressed Business Valuation in Litigation

Time: Thursday 10:05am - 10:55am Credits: 1 TB

Josh Shilts, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA, CFE, Shilts CPA

Explore observations of distressed businesses during and after the pandemic and government stimulus programs.  Objectives:

  • Identify the impact of COVID-19 on analyst due diligence and valuation development issues related to such issues as financial projections, financial statement normalization adjustments, expected long-term growth rates, and CSRP and other WACC components;
  • Identify and explain the impact of COVID-19 on the debtor’s ability to raise DIP financing, the debtor’s ability to spin off assets, the Section 365 rejection of inbound/outbound intellectual property licenses, the debtor’s operating cash flow during the DIP period, the company’s ability to achieve a plan of reorganization; and
  • Recognize and explain the differences between distressed company valuations for bankruptcy purposes and distressed company impairment analyses (fair value measurements) for GAAP accounting purposes.

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Business Valuation: How to Survive IRS Audits and Tax Court Challenges

Time: Thursday 11:00am - 11:50am Credits: 1 AA

Bruce Johnson, Partner, Munroe, Park & Johnson, Inc.

Learn how the audit to Tax Court process works along with firsthand accounts detailing via case studies. The IRS challenges involved transfers of minority interests in family limited partnerships and operating companies. The results of the challenges turned out in favor of the taxpayer and Mr. Johnson will share how the IRS responded, some tips to avoid IRS scrutiny and how to build a stronger appraisal report. 

  • Identify how the Tax Court process works
  • Recognize some of the red flags that might draw IRS scrutiny
  • Analyze two IRS audits to help build a stronger appraisal report in the future
  • Examine two Tax Court cases to prepare appraisers for future audits, appeals, and Tax Court testimony

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Litigation: Bitcoin's Layer 2 & Ethereum's DeFi "Decentralized Finance": A Real Update on What the Media Doesn't Tell You

Time: Thursday 11:00am - 11:50am Credits: 1 TB

Joshua Schmidt, Senior Blockchain Analyst, Marcum Technology

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Decentralized Finance ("DeFi"), and the Build Out of Layer 2 Solutions The goals of this talk are as follows: i) Cover El Salavador passing Bitcoin as "legal tender" law and how this is related to Bitcoins lightning network (layer 2). ii) To understand "DeFi" implications, trading without accounts through Decentralized Exchanges or "DEX's". How trading can be done without KYC/AML regulations and pending "VASP" Regulations per FATF. iii) Proof of Work ("POW") vs. Proof-of-Stake ("POS") - Burning Electricity vs. Picking a Node at Random.

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Lunch Break

Time: Thursday 11:50am - 12:50pm

Business Valuation: Advanced Methods for the Valuation of Family Limited Partnerships/LLCs

Time: Thursday 12:50pm - 1:40pm Credits: 1 TB

Bruce Johnson, Partner, Munroe Park & Johnson, Inc.

Employing analytical techniques to value Family Limited Partnerships/LLCs using the income and market approaches allows appraisers to objectively determine an accurate value. As professional methodology has advanced, there are certain types of partnerships that may be considered complicated. This webinar will focus on valuing more complex FLPs using case studies. Explore empirical data that supports the use of these objective appraisal methods and share his opinion on current issues such as how to handle the FLPs that own highly leveraged real estate, mixed assets, undeveloped land, private equity and hedge funds.

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Litigation: Working with the Forensic Accountant in Probate Litigation

Time: Thursday 12:50pm - 1:40pm Credits: 1 TB

Matthew A. Linde, Linde Law Group

Probate court matters generally involve wills, estates, trusts guardianships, conservatorships and powers of attorney.  In many of these matters, a legal relationship of trust exists with individuals who exercise considerable control over what can be significant assets.  Learn about the fiduciary duty to exercise care and obligation to act in good faith and solely in the best interest of the beneficiaries.

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Appraisal Review in Litigation

Time: Thursday 1:45pm - 2:35pm Credits: 1 AA

C Brett Cooper, CPA, ABV, ASA, BV/IA, BVAL, CRFAC, RF & Co CPAs and Advisors

This session will address the professional standards surrounding an appraisal review and how they apply to appraisals in litigation settings. The session will delve into the reasons for an appraisal review,  what constitutes an appraisal review, and applies them to the litigation setting.

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Litigation: Professional Liability Risk for Valuation Professionals

Time: Thursday 1:45pm - 2:35pm Credits: 1 TB

Steven M. Platau, JD, CPA, Professor of Accounting, John H. Sykes College of Business, The University of Tampa

Learn how to protect your professional reputation through review of strategies, services and tools designed to mitigate liability.

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Break

Time: Thursday 2:35pm - 2:45pm

CPA Risk Management

Time: Thursday 2:45pm - 3:35pm Credits: 1 TB

Matthew Tornincasa, Senior Partner,  and Gary R. Shendell, Managing Partner, Shendell & Pollock

Learn through real-life examples the various forms of risk including engagement letters, practice management and expert witness liability.

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Break

Time: Thursday 3:35pm - 3:40pm

Costs Matter!

Time: Thursday 3:40pm - 4:30pm Credits: 1 TB

Jeffrey H. Kinrich, Expert Witness, Author and Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Inc.

Lost profits are defined as lost revenue minus avoided costs.  Much effort goes into determining lost revenue.  This presentation focuses on the second element, avoided cost.  Learn approaches and methodologies to estimate costs.  Issues to be discussed include:

  1. analyzing fixed and variable costs
  2. using accounting approaches and statistical approaches
  3. how courts have addressed cost issues

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Break

Time: Thursday 4:30pm - 4:35pm

From the Bench: Interactive Judges' Panel

Time: Thursday 4:35pm - 5:25pm Credits: 1 TB

Moderator: Sheri Schultz, CPA, ABV, CFF, Managing Partner, Fiske & Company; Honorable Natasha DePrimo, Circuit Court Judge, 17th Judicial District, and Honorable Sandra Perlman, Circuit Court Judge, 17th Judicial District, Honorable Michael Hanzman, Circuit Civil Division, Dade County, and Honorable Jack Tuter, Chief Judge, 17th Judicial District

A conference favorite - join us as our panel of Judges provide you with their views from the bench.  Learn what to anticipate when testifying, what to do, and what not to do.  This session will be interactive and the Judges will answer your questions.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Early Riser: Developing a Litigation Services Practice

Time: Friday 07:00am - 07:50am Credits: 1 TB

Josh Shilts, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA, CFE, President, Shilts CPA and Richard A. Pollack, ABV, CFF, ASA, CBA, CFE, CAMS, CIRA, CVA, CGMA, Director -in-Charge, BerkowitzPollackBrant

Share experiences, successes and failures as we build a litigation business valuation practice.  Marketing ideas, practice management tips and quality control suggestions will be offered.  Learn our approach to developing staff and keeping them interested in forensic accounting while they develop.

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Break

Time: Friday 7:50am - 8:00am

Opening Remarks

Time: Friday 08:00am - 08:05am

Committee Vice Chair: Arlene Ravalo-Jao, ABV, CFF, CPA, Senior Manager, Cherry Bekaert LLC

Presenters:

Using Statistics to Quantify Lost Profit Damages? Then Do it Right!

Time: Friday 08:10am - 09:50am Credits: 2 TB

Dr. Michael A. Crain, CPA, CFA, CFE, Senior Advisor, Forensic, Advisory and Valuation, Services, Kaufman Rossin

The session will use case study examples to illustrate the many complications and pitfalls that can be encountered when using statistical analysis to quantify lost profit damages, including:

  • So what is this but-for analysis all about? Detecting trends in data and deviations from trend considering single data series and paired observations
  • Hammer, screwdriver, saw, which tool do I use? Model development and variable selection. Discuss the different types of models available; simple and multiple regression, time series, etc. and examples of when each might be used
  • Are your results statistically significant? No really, are they? The meaning and interpretation of the various regression statistics and coefficients, statistical significance and explanatory power of models.
  • Let me ask you again; are your results statistically significant? Lions, Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Heteroskedasticity, serial correlation, and multicollinearity in your model may render your models unreliable. How they impact your models; how to detect and how to correct

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Break

Time: Friday 09:50am - 10:00am

Follow the Money - Interpreting Bank Statements

Time: Friday 10:00am - 10:50am Credits: 1 AA

Matt Storlie, CFE, CIDA, Manager, Forensic & Litigation Services, WIPFLI LLP

Just how critical are bank statements in a forensic investigation?  Why can getting information out of bank statements be difficult and complicated?  Receive keys to understanding the most critical information obtained in personal and corporate bank statements.  Explore how to more efficiently extract the data out of bank statements.  Learn several methods to help you analyze that date in order to follow the flow of money in your forensic investigation.

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Break

Time: Friday 10:50am - 10:55am

Business Valuation: Recent Trends in valuing CPA Firms for Mergers and Acquistions

Time: Friday 10:55am - 11:45am Credits: 1 AA

Cindy Ragan, MA, CVA, Ragan & Associates, PA

Changes in the market as a result of COVID.  Valuation trends regarding clients, services, staff, business mix, fees, financial and productivity performance.

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Forecasting: Removing the Rose-Colored Glasses

Time: Friday 10:55am - 11:45am Credits: 1 TB

Josh Shilts, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA, CFE, President, Shilts CPA

Projections are commonly relied on for business valuations, lost profits analyses, reorganization plans, and a host of other projects within litigation. Using forensic accounting analysis, the speaker will address “rose-colored” projections and how to work with them. Expert Josh Shilts will discuss how to increase confidence levels of projections using macro and micro market data along with statistical analysis.

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Lunch Break

Time: Friday 11:45am - 12:45pm

Business Valuation: The Latest with the Valuation of Intangible Assets and Goodwill in Financial Reporting

Time: Friday 12:45pm - 1:35pm Credits: 1 TB

Mark L. Zyla, CPA/ABV, CFA, ASA, Managing Director, Zyla Valuations Advisors LLC

Intangible assets and goodwill have increasing become the largest compenent of entity's value as indicated its market value of equity. Much of this value is internally generated which often doesnt appear on traditional financial statements, yet the market is measuring it. In this session, Learn how to make a case for aligning reporting standards with current value creation. Hear the latest on discussions by both accounting and valuation standard setters regarding intangible assets and goodwill. Explore the increasing importance of ESG on intangible assets in valuation.

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Litigation: How to Be a Better Testifying Expert - Dos and Don'ts

Time: Friday 12:45pm - 1:35pm Credits: 1 TB

Sashi C. Bach, Boies Flexner and Richard A. Pollack, CPA, ABV, CFF, ASA, CBA, CFE, CAMS, CIRA, CVA, CGMA, Director-in-Charge, Forensic and Advisory Services, Berkowitz Pollack Brant

This session will be presented by an experienced trail lawyer and testifying expert on the Dos and Don'ts of testifying. Tips of the best practices of providing forensic accounting services will also be provided.

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HardBall with Hitchner

Time: Friday 1:40pm - 2:30pm Credits: 1 TB

James R. Hitchner, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, Managing Director, Financial Valuation Advisors

Jim will lead a panel of experts and present their views on cost of capital, growth rates, market multiples, normalization adjustments, S Corps, and discounts and premiums. You can also ask them anything you want.

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Break

Time: Friday 2:30pm - 2:35pm

Can Lost Profits Exceed the Value of the Business?

Time: Friday 2:35pm - 3:25pm Credits: 1 TB

Jeffrey H. Kinrich, CPA, ABV, CFF, Managing Principal, Analysis Group and Author of Lost Profits Damages: Principles, Methods and Application and Lost Profit Damages: Valuation Products and Services

In an award of economic damages to a business plaintiff, the courts may award either lost profits or lost business value.  Are these essentially the same thing?  If they are the same, why can they give different answers?  If not, how dothey differ, and why?  Explore these questions.  Topics include ex post vs. ex ante approaches, timing, mitigation, taxes, and other conceptual issues.

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Objectives:

  • Learn about forensic accounting in bankruptcy cases

  • Explore best practices in business valuation in litigation

  • Examine forensic accounting in probate

  • Use statistics to quantify lost profit damages

  • Explore good will and intangible assets

  • and much more!

Presenters:

  • Brett Cooper, ABV,ASA

    Brett Cooper is Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, Rivero, Gordimer & Co., PA. in Tampa. FL.  He received a BS degree in accounting from FSU and his background includes two basic skill sets; valuation and forensic accounting, which have lead him to providing services in the consulting areas of valuation of business and business interest, intangible asset valuation, economic damage...

    Read more about Brett Cooper here
  • Sheri Fiske Schultz, CPA/ABV/CFF

    Director of the Valuation Services DepartmentFiske & CompanySheri Schultz brings over 20 years of experience to her clients, offering both professional expertise and practical insight toward business valuations and litigation support services. In addition to being a licensed CPA, Sheri is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and holds the designation of Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)...

    Read more about Sheri Fiske Schultz here
  • Dr Michael A Crain, DBA, CPA/ABV, CFA, CFE

    Dr. Michael A. Crain, CPA of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a CPA licensed by the State of Florida. He holds several certifications in valuation: Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of CPAs and the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute. He earned his Doctor of Business Administration (finance) degree from Manchester Business School in...

    Read more about Dr Michael A Crain here
  • James R Hitchner, CPA, ABV, CFF, ASA

    Jim Hitchner is managing director of Financial Valuation Advisors www.finvaluation.com and is president of The Financial Consulting Group www.gofcg.org. He is also CEO of Valuation Products and Services (VPS) www.valuationproducts.com.   Mr. Hitchner is editor/coauthor of the books the Hitchner Pratt Fishman Consensus View Q&A Guide to Financial Valuation and the VPS DLOM Guide and Toolkit...

    Read more about James R Hitchner here
  • Joshua Siegfried Schmidt

    Joshua Schmidt has a passion for technology with a focus on the principals of cryptocurrency. He has integrated his interests in the digital currencies and blockchain technology into his professional career. Mr. Schmidt currently serves as a member of the Marcum Digital Asset Task Force, an internal initiative focused on exploring and leveraging opportunities to further integrate burgeoning...

    Read more about Joshua Siegfried Schmidt here
  • Sandra Perlman

    Read more about Sandra Perlman here
  • Steven Mark Platau, CPA,Esq.,MAcc

    Steve Platau is Professor of Accounting where he has served in the faculty since 1984. His works have been published in the Journal of Accountancy, Practical Accountant, CPA Journal, Real Estate Review, The Practicing CPA, Employee Benefits Journal and Florida CPA Today among others. Steve is a principal consultant to the CNA Insurance Companies providing loss control programs to CPA firms...

    Read more about Steven Mark Platau here
  • Cindy Ragan, CVA, MA

    Founder/PresidentStrategic Alliance M&A Advisors, LLCCindy Ragan is the founder and President of Strategic Alliance M&A Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the mergers and acquisitions of accounting firms for over 20 years.. She has a Masters Degree from George Washington University in International Economics and is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) from the National...

    Read more about Cindy Ragan here
  • Mark L Zyla, CPA/ABV, CFA, ASA

    Mark L. Zyla is a Managing Director of Zyla Valuation Advisors, LLC, an Atlanta Georgia based valuation and litigation consultancy firm.Mark received a BBA degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Georgia State University. Mark also completed the Mergers and Acquisitions Program at the Aresty Institute of The Wharton School of...

    Read more about Mark L Zyla here
  • Joshua James Shilts, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA, CPE

    Joshua Shilts is president of Shilts CPA, PLLC. Mr. Shilts’ practice is focused on assisting attorneys, individuals and businesses with complex financial matters and disputes. He has held roles with international consulting and public accounting firms in Miami and New York City as well as positions with large public organizations. Mr. Shilts is a frequent lecturer on a variety of forensic...

    Read more about Joshua James Shilts here
  • Richard Allen Pollack, CPA,ABV,CFF,PFS,ASA,CBA,CFE,CAMS,CIRA,CVA,CGM

    Richard Pollack is director-in-charge of the firm’s Forensic and Business Valuation Services practices. For more than 35 years he has served as a litigation consultant, expert witness, court-appointed expert, forensic accountant and forensic investigator.Pollack’s team has assisted bankruptcy courts, the SEC, municipalities, school boards, government agencies, the FBI and numerous other entities...

    Read more about Richard Allen Pollack here
  • Gary R Shendell

    Gary Shendell is managing partner and is responsible for the overall management and supervision of Shendell & Pollock. He is recognized as a Florida Leading Attorney, is AV Rated and is nationally recognized in complex, high exposure professional malpractice litigation. He has defended a wide array of professionals including accountants, lawyers, real estate professionals, insurance agents and...

    Read more about Gary R Shendell here
  • Matthew A Tornincasa

    Matt Tornincasa graduated from the University of Florida in 2003 with degrees in Political Science and Psychology.  He earned his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Board Law Center in 2008.  While at Nova, Matt received the Leo Goodwin Scholarship and was the Marketing Editor for the Law Review.Matt began working for Shendell & Pollock in 2007 as a summer...

    Read more about Matthew A Tornincasa here
  • Nicholas L Landera, CVA, CFE, CFF, CPA

    Mr. Nicholas Landera is a Director of Litigation and Valuation Services at Appelrouth, Farah & Co., P.A. where he assists with all aspects of commercial litigation, valuation and family law matters including investigations, economic damage calculations, lost profits and personal injury cases. Mr. Landera is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Georgia, as well as a Certified Valuation...

    Read more about Nicholas L Landera here
  • Arlene Ravalo-Jao, ABV,CFF,CPA

    A senior manager in Cherry Bekaert’s Valuation Services practice, Arlene has extensive experience providing business valuation and litigation support services for privately-held and SEC publicly-traded companies in a wide range of industries.Arlene specializes in valuation services involving purchase price allocations (“ASC 805”), goodwill and intangible impairment testing (“ASC 350/360”), and...

    Read more about Arlene Ravalo-Jao here
  • Matt Storlie, CFE, CIDA

    With over 25 years of experience in business and accounting, fraud examinations, data analysis, internal audit, and IT systems, Matt Storlie assists clients with forensic services, internal investigations, computer forensics, e-discovery and litigation readiness, and fraud risk assessments. As one of the firm’s subject matter experts on data analytics, he utilizes his deep experience with IT...

    Read more about Matt Storlie here
  • Bruce Dorris, CFE, CPA

    Bruce Dorris is the President and CEO for the ACFE and is an advisory member of the ACFE Board of Regents. He is licensed to practice law as well as being a licensed Certified Public Accountant with experience in business valuation and litigation support. As an Assistant District Attorney for the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dorris created and was the Director...

    Read more about Bruce Dorris here
  • Jeffrey Kinrich

    Mr. Kinrich consults on cases involving financial and economic analysis, accounting, business valuation, statistics, and mathematical modeling. He has often testified on damages, valuation, and accounting issues in federal and state courts and other dispute resolution forums. Over his 40-year career, Mr. Kinrich has directed numerous large-scale analyses involving a broad range of litigation areas...

    Read more about Jeffrey Kinrich here
  • Bruce Johnson

    Bruce A. Johnson, ASA specializes in valuation services for gift and estate tax planning, sale transactions, profit sharing plans, C Corporation conversions and shareholder disputes. He also has widespread experience providing consulting services to buyers and sellers involved in mergers and acquisitions including assisting clients throughout the sale process. He has 25+ years of experience in the...

    Read more about Bruce Johnson here
  • Christian Somodevilla, Esq.

    For years Attorney Christian Somodevilla has worked zealously to protect the interests of clients suffering from insurmountable debt. He is committed to finding workable solutions for his clients and he has ample experience working on a variety of complex cases involving bankruptcy, debtors, liquidation matters, and more. Christian regularly represents business and consumer debtors, as well as...

    Read more about Christian Somodevilla here
  • Jack Tuter

    THE HONORABLE JACK TUTER is the Administrative Judge of the Civil Division of the Circuit Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit. He has held that position for the past seven years and also served as Administrative Judge of the Unified Family Division. He was admitted to the Florida bar in 1983. He began his legal career with Stephens Lynn Klein and McNicholas where he practiced law for 20 years as...

    Read more about Jack Tuter here
  • Matthew A. Linde

    Matthew A. Linde is a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in Elder law, and in Wills, Trusts and Estates and is certified nationally as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Mr. Linde started practicing law over 25 years ago in Wisconsin and has been practicing in Florida since January 2002. Mr. Linde provides legal services in elder law, probate, trust and...

    Read more about Matthew A. Linde here
  • Sashi Bach

    Sashi is an experienced commercial litigator with a focus on the defense of major legal malpractice actions, as well as the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in class actions, derivative shareholder actions, and securities and fraud cases. Sashi has extensive experience representing lawyers and law firms in all aspects of attorney-client disputes, including the defense of high-stakes...

    Read more about Sashi Bach here
  • Susan Alspector

    Judge Susan Alspector graduated, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991. Shortly after graduating, Judge Alspector opened her own law firm and has been practicing family law for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with families and children through very difficult moments in their lives and helping them move past these disruptions. She has a sincere passion for the law...

    Read more about Susan Alspector here
  • Natasha DePrimo

    Judge Natasha DePrimo completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami. She then went on to law school at the University of Florida, where she graduated cum laude in 2005. Judge DePrimo began her career practicing in the field of eminent domain and later went on to practice general civil litigation. She then served as an Assistant State Attorney in both Palm Beach and Broward County...

    Read more about Natasha DePrimo here

Presenters:

Brett Cooper, ABV,ASA

Brett Cooper is Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, Rivero, Gordimer & Co., PA. in Tampa. FL.  He received a BS degree in accounting from FSU and his background includes two basic skill sets; valuation and forensic accounting, which have lead him to providing services in the consulting areas of valuation of business and business interest, intangible asset valuation, economic damage...Read more about Brett Cooper here

Sheri Fiske Schultz, CPA/ABV/CFF

Director of the Valuation Services DepartmentFiske & CompanySheri Schultz brings over 20 years of experience to her clients, offering both professional expertise and practical insight toward business valuations and litigation support services. In addition to being a licensed CPA, Sheri is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and holds the designation of Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)...Read more about Sheri Fiske Schultz here

Dr Michael A Crain, DBA, CPA/ABV, CFA, CFE

Dr. Michael A. Crain, CPA of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a CPA licensed by the State of Florida. He holds several certifications in valuation: Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of CPAs and the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute. He earned his Doctor of Business Administration (finance) degree from Manchester Business School in...Read more about Dr Michael A Crain here

James R Hitchner, CPA, ABV, CFF, ASA

Jim Hitchner is managing director of Financial Valuation Advisors www.finvaluation.com and is president of The Financial Consulting Group www.gofcg.org. He is also CEO of Valuation Products and Services (VPS) www.valuationproducts.com.   Mr. Hitchner is editor/coauthor of the books the Hitchner Pratt Fishman Consensus View Q&A Guide to Financial Valuation and the VPS DLOM Guide and Toolkit...Read more about James R Hitchner here

Joshua Siegfried Schmidt

Joshua Schmidt has a passion for technology with a focus on the principals of cryptocurrency. He has integrated his interests in the digital currencies and blockchain technology into his professional career. Mr. Schmidt currently serves as a member of the Marcum Digital Asset Task Force, an internal initiative focused on exploring and leveraging opportunities to further integrate burgeoning...Read more about Joshua Siegfried Schmidt here

Sandra Perlman

Read more about Sandra Perlman here

Steven Mark Platau, CPA,Esq.,MAcc

Steve Platau is Professor of Accounting where he has served in the faculty since 1984. His works have been published in the Journal of Accountancy, Practical Accountant, CPA Journal, Real Estate Review, The Practicing CPA, Employee Benefits Journal and Florida CPA Today among others. Steve is a principal consultant to the CNA Insurance Companies providing loss control programs to CPA firms...Read more about Steven Mark Platau here

Cindy Ragan, CVA, MA

Founder/PresidentStrategic Alliance M&A Advisors, LLCCindy Ragan is the founder and President of Strategic Alliance M&A Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the mergers and acquisitions of accounting firms for over 20 years.. She has a Masters Degree from George Washington University in International Economics and is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) from the National...Read more about Cindy Ragan here

Mark L Zyla, CPA/ABV, CFA, ASA

Mark L. Zyla is a Managing Director of Zyla Valuation Advisors, LLC, an Atlanta Georgia based valuation and litigation consultancy firm.Mark received a BBA degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Georgia State University. Mark also completed the Mergers and Acquisitions Program at the Aresty Institute of The Wharton School of...Read more about Mark L Zyla here

Joshua James Shilts, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA, CPE

Joshua Shilts is president of Shilts CPA, PLLC. Mr. Shilts’ practice is focused on assisting attorneys, individuals and businesses with complex financial matters and disputes. He has held roles with international consulting and public accounting firms in Miami and New York City as well as positions with large public organizations. Mr. Shilts is a frequent lecturer on a variety of forensic...Read more about Joshua James Shilts here

Richard Allen Pollack, CPA,ABV,CFF,PFS,ASA,CBA,CFE,CAMS,CIRA,CVA,CGM

Richard Pollack is director-in-charge of the firm’s Forensic and Business Valuation Services practices. For more than 35 years he has served as a litigation consultant, expert witness, court-appointed expert, forensic accountant and forensic investigator.Pollack’s team has assisted bankruptcy courts, the SEC, municipalities, school boards, government agencies, the FBI and numerous other entities...Read more about Richard Allen Pollack here

Gary R Shendell

Gary Shendell is managing partner and is responsible for the overall management and supervision of Shendell & Pollock. He is recognized as a Florida Leading Attorney, is AV Rated and is nationally recognized in complex, high exposure professional malpractice litigation. He has defended a wide array of professionals including accountants, lawyers, real estate professionals, insurance agents and...Read more about Gary R Shendell here

Matthew A Tornincasa

Matt Tornincasa graduated from the University of Florida in 2003 with degrees in Political Science and Psychology.  He earned his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Board Law Center in 2008.  While at Nova, Matt received the Leo Goodwin Scholarship and was the Marketing Editor for the Law Review.Matt began working for Shendell & Pollock in 2007 as a summer...Read more about Matthew A Tornincasa here

Nicholas L Landera, CVA, CFE, CFF, CPA

Mr. Nicholas Landera is a Director of Litigation and Valuation Services at Appelrouth, Farah & Co., P.A. where he assists with all aspects of commercial litigation, valuation and family law matters including investigations, economic damage calculations, lost profits and personal injury cases. Mr. Landera is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Georgia, as well as a Certified Valuation...Read more about Nicholas L Landera here

Arlene Ravalo-Jao, ABV,CFF,CPA

A senior manager in Cherry Bekaert’s Valuation Services practice, Arlene has extensive experience providing business valuation and litigation support services for privately-held and SEC publicly-traded companies in a wide range of industries.Arlene specializes in valuation services involving purchase price allocations (“ASC 805”), goodwill and intangible impairment testing (“ASC 350/360”), and...Read more about Arlene Ravalo-Jao here

Matt Storlie, CFE, CIDA

With over 25 years of experience in business and accounting, fraud examinations, data analysis, internal audit, and IT systems, Matt Storlie assists clients with forensic services, internal investigations, computer forensics, e-discovery and litigation readiness, and fraud risk assessments. As one of the firm’s subject matter experts on data analytics, he utilizes his deep experience with IT...Read more about Matt Storlie here

Bruce Dorris, CFE, CPA

Bruce Dorris is the President and CEO for the ACFE and is an advisory member of the ACFE Board of Regents. He is licensed to practice law as well as being a licensed Certified Public Accountant with experience in business valuation and litigation support. As an Assistant District Attorney for the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dorris created and was the Director...Read more about Bruce Dorris here

Jeffrey Kinrich

Mr. Kinrich consults on cases involving financial and economic analysis, accounting, business valuation, statistics, and mathematical modeling. He has often testified on damages, valuation, and accounting issues in federal and state courts and other dispute resolution forums. Over his 40-year career, Mr. Kinrich has directed numerous large-scale analyses involving a broad range of litigation areas...Read more about Jeffrey Kinrich here

Bruce Johnson

Bruce A. Johnson, ASA specializes in valuation services for gift and estate tax planning, sale transactions, profit sharing plans, C Corporation conversions and shareholder disputes. He also has widespread experience providing consulting services to buyers and sellers involved in mergers and acquisitions including assisting clients throughout the sale process. He has 25+ years of experience in the...Read more about Bruce Johnson here

Christian Somodevilla, Esq.

For years Attorney Christian Somodevilla has worked zealously to protect the interests of clients suffering from insurmountable debt. He is committed to finding workable solutions for his clients and he has ample experience working on a variety of complex cases involving bankruptcy, debtors, liquidation matters, and more. Christian regularly represents business and consumer debtors, as well as...Read more about Christian Somodevilla here

Jack Tuter

THE HONORABLE JACK TUTER is the Administrative Judge of the Civil Division of the Circuit Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit. He has held that position for the past seven years and also served as Administrative Judge of the Unified Family Division. He was admitted to the Florida bar in 1983. He began his legal career with Stephens Lynn Klein and McNicholas where he practiced law for 20 years as...Read more about Jack Tuter here

Matthew A. Linde

Matthew A. Linde is a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in Elder law, and in Wills, Trusts and Estates and is certified nationally as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Mr. Linde started practicing law over 25 years ago in Wisconsin and has been practicing in Florida since January 2002. Mr. Linde provides legal services in elder law, probate, trust and...Read more about Matthew A. Linde here

Sashi Bach

Sashi is an experienced commercial litigator with a focus on the defense of major legal malpractice actions, as well as the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in class actions, derivative shareholder actions, and securities and fraud cases. Sashi has extensive experience representing lawyers and law firms in all aspects of attorney-client disputes, including the defense of high-stakes...Read more about Sashi Bach here

Susan Alspector

Judge Susan Alspector graduated, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991. Shortly after graduating, Judge Alspector opened her own law firm and has been practicing family law for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with families and children through very difficult moments in their lives and helping them move past these disruptions. She has a sincere passion for the law...Read more about Susan Alspector here

Natasha DePrimo

Judge Natasha DePrimo completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami. She then went on to law school at the University of Florida, where she graduated cum laude in 2005. Judge DePrimo began her career practicing in the field of eminent domain and later went on to practice general civil litigation. She then served as an Assistant State Attorney in both Palm Beach and Broward County...Read more about Natasha DePrimo here

Major Topics:

  • Business Valuation
  • Litigation Services
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Family Law
  • Case Law
  • Law Regulations
  • Court/Testifying issues
  • Working capital/cash flow

 

Major Topics:

  • Business Valuation
  • Litigation Services
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Family Law
  • Case Law
  • Law Regulations
  • Court/Testifying issues
  • Working capital/cash flow

 

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