| Litigation Report Writing Workshop: Forensic Report Writing-Raising the Bar Without Heavy Lifting 4-Part Series
Program Type: Recorded Webinar (Audio, PPT Presentation)
Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Previous training or research on subject matter being taught.
Advanced Preparation: Previous experience in writing expert reports, in any venue, is suggested but not required.
Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based
CPE Credits: Eight (8) Hours
Fields of Study: Accounting
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Attendees will learn effective approaches to writing an expert damages report for use in a litigation matter. The webinar will include a review of the report writing requirements set forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reporting requirements for other jurisdictions. This webinar will also focus on drafting reports with an emphasis on content, language, supporting evidence, exhibits, and professional standards compliance.
After completing this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Identify the reporting requirements set forth in Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(a)2(B)
- Recognize the components of an effective expert report
- Determine the strengths, weaknesses, and risks of alternative report styles
- Detect the risks of a substandard report
- Differentiate between a report used for transactional purposes and a report appropriate for the litigation process
- Determine the manner in which foundational evidence is incorporated into an expert report
- Identify the reasons that expert reports are often inadmissible as evidence in court
- Recognize a well-prepared report
Who Should Attend
CPA's and other practitioners (experts) involved in matters which require compliance with the report writing standards under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Howard Zandman, CPA, CFF, MAFF
Mr. Howard Zandman is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Services Team of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP. He has more than 35 years’ experience in forensic accounting, auditing, consulting, taxation, and financial analysis in both industry and the public sector. During his career, Mr. Zandman has specialized in insurance loss and complex damage claims, including lost profits and business interruption, construction delay and damage claims, review of financial condition relative to motive for arson or fraud, and third party product liability claims. Other areas of involvement include intellectual property, internal investigations (including employee dishonesty), and class action wage and hour matters. He has also been involved in broker-dealer disputes typically resolved through testimony in FINRA hearings.
A 1973 cum laude graduate of Long Island University, Mr. Zandman is a frequent public speaker and has made presentations for the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts™ (NACVA®), ICLE-GA, Georgia Chapter of CFE, PLRB, Southern Loss Association, Georgia Society of CPAs, and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). He has testified as an expert witness, on numerous occasions, in both Federal and state jurisdictions, FINRA hearings, and has served as an appraiser and umpire in alternative dispute resolution forums.
Mr. Zandman is the current chair of NACVA’s Education Quality Assurance Board, a past chair of NACVA’s Executive Advisory Board, and is also active on various local community boards. In addition, he regularly presents programs to accounting groups, law firms, the insurance industry, and corporations on various topics, including business damages, punitive damages, business interruption, accounting records and analysis, thefts, financial fraud, property valuation, cooperation between insured and insurer, cyber investigations and electronic discovery.
Darrell D. Dorrell, CPA/ABV, MBA, ASA, CVA, CMA, DABFA
Mr. Darrell D. Dorrell is a founding partner of financialforensics®, a boutique forensic accounting practice in Lake Oswego, OR. He practices in civil and criminal matters throughout the U.S. and has served as an expert witness/consultant in 500+/- matters; additional assignments exceed 1,000+/-. They include alter ego, anti-trust, bankruptcy, breach of contract, estate/gift taxes, family law, fraud, fraudulent conveyance/transfer intellectual property, lost profits, patent, solvency/insolvency, trademark, trade dress, and trade secrets.
A nationally recognized speaker and author, Mr. Dorrell has delivered more than 100 training presentations on forensic accounting-related topics during the last five years. His presentations span 23 states (including 12 state CPA societies), Puerto Rico, and Canada. He has provided training to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), American Bar Association, Bankruptcy Bar Association, Oregon Bar Association, Washington Bar Association, American Society of Appraisers (ASA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, Institute of Management Accountants, International Law Enforcement Auditors Association, SEAK, CPAA International, Inc., AGN, Inc., and Turnaround Management Association.
Mr. Dorrell has published more than 70 articles in the American Journal of Family Law, Business Appraisal Practice, CPA Journal, Financial Valuation and Litigation Expert, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal, Litigation Counselor, National Litigation Consultants Review, The Value Examiner, RIA’s Valuation Strategies, and the United States Attorneys’ Bulletin. Additionally, he has been cited in Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Business Week, IR Magazine, the Portland Oregonian, the Practical Accountant and Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, a New York Times best-seller and authored the forensic accounting chapter in “Valuation for Dummies.” Also, he has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), WYNC “RadioLab,” the “Small Business Television” network, and the “First Business News Network Television.”
His financial forensics, forensic accounting, investigative, damages, valuation, fraud, and related expertise is extensive. Most significantly, he developed the Forensic Accounting/Investigation Methodology© (FA/IM©), and he co-authored for the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) the March 2005, Vol. 53 No. 2 issue, i.e. Financial Forensics I-Counterterrorism: Conventional Tools for Unconventional Warfare and the May 2005 Vol. 53 No. 3 issue Financial Forensics II-Forensic Accounting: Counterterrorism Tactical Weaponry. Both issues are available via the public site: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/foiamanuals.html.