Are you involved in a complex business dispute?
If you are involved in a legal dispute such as a breach of contract, shareholder dispute, intellectual property infringement, or fraud, you may require a financial consultant or expert to assist in determining economic damages.
In cases of divorce, you may require assistance in determining the value of an interest in a business for purposes of equitable distribution, the classification of separate and marital property (including personal and entity goodwill), or assessment of income for spousal/child support.
Because the value of your business may be your most important investment, it makes sense to hire the specialists who possess the expertise and experience to represent you.
Valuation and Forensic Services Department
Our Valuation and Forensic Services Department specializes in assisting attorneys and their clients with complex disputes, including litigation consulting and expert witness services for commercial disputes and divorce, and financial advisory services for reorganization and bankruptcy.
Our Valuation and Forensic Services Department is now in its 23rd year and one of the largest practices in Virginia dedicated to providing these specialized services.
Members of our team have qualified as expert witnesses in U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and 17 circuit courts in four states, as well as before the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers. We have also been named as experts in disputes subject to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
We have served as U.S. District Court-appointed forensic accountants, consultants for the U.S. Office of the Federal Public Defender, and court-appointed neutral business appraisers. We have also been retained by the U.S. Department of Justice as a consultant in a litigation in the U.S. District Court.
Harold Martin, the Partner-in-Charge of our VFS Department, has been admitted to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation Forensic and Business Valuation Division. This is an invitation only organization of forensic and business valuation professionals of known repute and integrity and unquestionable professionalism, who have contributed to the development and improvement of the practice of matrimonial law and, in so doing, have worked closely with Fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in the practice of their valuation and forensic accounting professions.
Representative Law Firm Clients
The following is a representative list of local, regional, and national law firms that we have assisted as consultants and/or experts. Please note that this list is not all inclusive as certain law firms have policies prohibiting use of their names.
|Armstrong Bristow Farley & Schwarzschild, PLC
Blackburn, Conte, Schilling & Click P.C.
Christian & Barton, LLP
Durrette, Arkema, Gerson & Gill, PC
Florance Gordan Brown
Foley & Lardner LLP
Gordon & Rees
Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C.
Hicks Crandall Juhl PC
Hirschler Fleischer, P.C.
James McElroy & Diehl
Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank PLC
Keller Law Group
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Kutak Rock LLP
Law Office of Deanna D. Cook, P.C.
Marks & Harrison
We have served as consultants and/or experts on many high profile and complex litigations. Representative matters include:
Robert Schroering, DMD, et al. v. Kenneith D. Parrish, DMD, Ph.D., P.S.C., et al., Jefferson Circuit Court, Division Thirteen, Kentucky, No. 11-CI-04100. Breach of Contract.
John Gregory Brown, et al. v. Sweet Briar Institute, Circuit Court, Amherst County, Virginia, Case No. CL15009395-00. Temporary Injunction.
Guidance Residential, LLC v. Anwer Mangrio and Jane Doe Mangrio, and University Islamic Financial Corporation, Superior Court, County of King, State of Washington, Case No. 12-2-40467-4 SEA. Breach of Contract, Theft of Trade Secrets.
Dorothy Hagood Corning v. Louis Avery Corning, IV, General Court of Justice, District Court Division, Craven County, North Carolina, File No. 08 CVD 1538. Divorce.
Professional Massage Training Center, Inc. v. Accreditation Alliance of Career Schools and Colleges, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, Case No.: 1:12cv911-LO-IDD. Breach of Contract, Tortious Interference.
Beacon Wireless Solutions, Inc. v. Garmin International, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, Harrisonburg Division, Civil Action No.: 5:11CV-00025-GEC. Violation of Trade Secrets Act, Breach of Contract, Unjust Enrichment.
Optical Air Data Systems, LLC v. Dombroff Gilmore Jaques and French, et al., Circuit Court, County of Prince William, Virginia, Case No. CL10-2094-DD. Legal Malpractice.
Reynolds Foil, Inc., et al. v. Penny Plate, Inc., et al., Circuit Court, Henrico County, Virginia, Case No. 092684. Breach of Contract.
Peter F. Dawyot v. Catawba Capital Management, Inc., Circuit Court, City of Roanoke, Virginia, Case No. CL08-2104. Breach of Contract.
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative v. Ragnar Benson, Inc., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, Case No.: 3:05cv34. Breach of Contract, Liquidated Damages.
We have also served as U.S. District Court-appointed forensic accountants, as well as consultants/experts for the U.S. Office of the Federal Public Defender, on the following matters:
United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Terry L. Dowdell, et al., U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville Division, Civil Action No. 3:01CV00116.
United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. International Fiduciary Corp. S.A., et al., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, Case No. 1:06cv01354-GBL.
United States v. James Ashby Moncure, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, Civil Action No. 3:14-CR-137.
United States of America v. Edward Hugh Okun, et al., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, Case No. Cr. 3:08CR132.
- Development of strategy
- Analyzing industries and markets
- Evaluating liability issues
- Assisting with discovery
- Developing alternative damages theories
- Quantifying economic damages (e.g., lost profits, unjust enrichment, reasonable royalty, diminution of value)
- Analyzing opposing experts’ damages models
- Preparing demonstrative exhibits for trial
- Preparing expert reports
- Presenting expert witness testimony
Types of Litigation
- Breach of contract
- Business interruption
- Intellectual property infringement (trade secrets, patents, copyrights, and trademarks)
- Post-acquisition disputes
- Professional malpractice
- Shareholder disputes
- Tortious interference
- Wrongful death
- Wrongful termination