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Rebuttal Reports and the Defense Expert's Role

 Rebuttal Reports and the Defense Expert's Role
CPE Credit

Program Type: Recorded Webinar (Audio, PPT)
Program Level: Overview
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based
CPE Credits: One (1) Hour
Fields of Study: Accounting
Item Number: 15PFFNOLA26C
Shipping Weight: 0lbs. 0oz.
Price: $80.00
Program Description

At times, the financial expert is hired not to develop their own theory of damages but to critique or refute the plaintiff’s report. This is a difficult role for the financial expert, because the defense expert is perceived as someone hired to “pick apart” the other expert’s report or is expected to provide a zero dollar assessment.

Learning Objectives

After completing this webinar, attendees will be able to:

- Carry out the role of the defense or rebuttal expert
- Identify the benefits or disadvantages to developing a damages figure as a defense expert
- If appropriate, how to articulate zero dollar damages to a jury

Who Should Attend

CPAs, attorneys, valuation practitioners providing expert witness testimony


Christopher Scudero, CPA, CFF, CITP, CGMA
Mr. Christopher Scudero is the director of CMJS Forensic Services. He primarily focuses on forensic investigations involving intellectual property and financial services.

Mr. Scudero has more than 15 years of experience providing assurance, accounting, and tax services as well as guiding counsel and their clients through complex litigation and disputes. His in-depth background in the traditional and forensic accounting worlds allow him to provide a unique viewpoint for all types of financial investigations and damages calculations.

Mr. Scudero has been engaged both nationally and internationally for his effective investigative and analytical skills. His acute understanding of the abilities and limitations of technology provide a conduit for the coordination of activities between financial and technical professionals. Mr. Scudero has been accepted by the courts and testified as an expert witness.

Prior to founding CMJS Forensic Services in 2014, Mr. Scudero was a senior manager in the advisory services practice of a top 20 CPA firm, a managing consultant in the litigation and investigations group of a publicly traded international consulting firm, and senior consultant in the forensic and dispute services practice of a big four accounting firm. He began his career at a small boutique accounting firm in Westchester County, New York, that provided forensic accounting services in addition to being a traditional full-service CPA firm.

Mr. Scudero is very involved with charitable organizations where he is able to lend his forensic accounting expertise. He works with the attorneys of several New York-based non-profits that provide free legal services to the financially disadvantaged as well as women who are victims of domestic violence.

Mr. Scudero has spoken on financial matters related to divorce at the Fordham Forum on Domestic Violence and has consulted members of the New York state legislature regarding the temporary maintenance guidelines for the New York state courts. As a forensic accountant and expert witness, he has testified regarding financial and support matters. As an experienced investigator, Mr. Scudero has trained attorneys from several organizations in investigative techniques.

Jennifer Vanderhart, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Vanderhart is a managing director at FTI Consulting, and is based in Washington, DC. She is a member of the economic and financial consulting practice in the Economic Consulting segment. Dr. Vanderhart is responsible for providing a range of services, including litigation support services and economic consulting. She specializes in applied econometrics and microeconomic analysis, including theoretical and empirical analysis in the areas of intellectual property, antitrust, breach of contract, international arbitration proceedings, and commercial damages. Her clients include companies in wide range of industries and retail sectors, including computer hardware and software, retail merchandising, durable goods manufacturing, mining, tobacco, and soft drinks.

Dr. Vanderhart has more than 20 years’ experience in the evaluation and quantification of economic damages, including claims arising from patent, copyright or trademark infringement, trade-secret misappropriation, contract disputes, wrongful termination, and wrongful death claims. Dr. Vanderhart has testified numerous times in federal and state courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. She has assisted companies in patent and trademark licensing negotiations as well as with royalty investigations and calculations. Dr. Vanderhart is also experienced in calculating and determining appropriate data cost-sharing compensation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and has testified several times in FIFRA arbitration proceedings.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Dr. Vanderhart was a principal at Exponent. She has also held positions at Invotex Group, Navigant Consulting and LECG, and was a graduate instructor and lecturer at Texas A&M University in the departments of economics and management, respectively. She has published in the area of damages and intellectual property and is the author of a chapter in a treatise on damage calculations that is updated annually. Dr. Vanderhart has also presented and served as a discussant at conferences and lectures. She is a member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, the Licensing Executives Society, and she is an associate member of the American Bar Association where she co-chairs an economics subcommittee and an intellectual property litigation subcommittee. Dr. Vanderhart is fluent in Spanish.