Many disputes which end up in litigation involve economic damages. Evaluation and measurement of such amounts often includes the analysis of complex data together with an understanding of the economic, financial, and operating environment in which they exist. The professionals at Epps Forensic Consulting have a proven track record of not only providing technically-sound analysis and compelling opinions, but also in presenting that information in a way that is understandable and clear to both accountants and non-accountants including judges and juries.

Successful expert testimony is dependent upon the credibility, integrity and objectivity of the witness coupled with the ability to teach and persuade. Our commitment to these principles makes us especially well-suited to assist in litigation matters; whether it is delivering expert witness, consultative, litigation support, or alternative dispute resolution services.

Our most common financial forensic litigation services meet the following needs:

Economic Damages Analysis

Economic damages in the most basic sense are financial losses. They can take many forms. The most common types of economic damages that experts at Epps Forensic Consulting specialize in measuring stem from:

  • Lost Income
  • Extra Expenses
  • Breach of Contract
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Merger and Acquisition Disputes
  • Intellectual Property
  • Property Loss

Discovery Assistance

Many disputes start out as inquiries. Through discovery assistance, such as detailing recommended production and interrogatory requests, deposition questions along with the subsequent analysis of facts and data, Epps Forensic Consulting assists attorneys in determining the magnitude of issues, setting them out in a manner which allows the client to determine how to proceed.

Fraud Investigation

A “Fraudulent” act is subject to a specific legal construct. Its proof is different between civil and criminal cases and can be different by jurisdiction. Epps Forensic Consulting professionals are practiced in assisting legal counsel with the evaluation of financial issues specific to multiple types of fraud, including, but not limited to healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, embezzlement and securities fraud.

Financial Condition Analysis

When an individual is alleged to have committed a serious crime based on financial motivation, it may be necessary to perform a financial condition analysis. Epps Forensic Consulting professionals are experienced in assisting legal counsel with the analysis of financial condition as it may apply to evaluating financial motive for various types of alleged criminal acts such as arson, murder and other criminal cases.

Hidden Asset Searches and Analysis

“Hidden assets” represent assets that are undisclosed or not “on the books”. They can include anything from undisclosed bank accounts to a net operating loss carryforward on a Federal Income Tax Return. Epps Forensic Consulting professionals are experts in assisting legal counsel to locate and document a variety of assets; such as, real estate, cars, boats, airplanes, unreported income, and more.

Money Laundering

Money laundering schemes seek to conceal the origin of proceeds derived from criminal conduct. This may be accomplished through a complex system of intermingling illegally obtained monies with legitimate money and other assets, fund transfers between funnel accounts, or intermediary asset conversion. Epps Forensic Consulting professionals are practiced experts in assisting legal counsel with the evaluation and analysis of financial documentation, which is often voluminous and complex.

Asset Misappropriation

The means by which assets are misappropriated, whether by a third party (theft) or somebody entrusted with a fiduciary responsibility (embezzlement) can be as diverse as they are creative. Combine this with limitations that can stem from record availability constraints and it can quickly complicate finding answers to questions such as:

  • What was stolen
  • How was it stolen
  • When was it stolen
  • Who stole it
  • What was it worth
The financial forensic experts at Epps Forensic Consulting specialize in navigating these robust scenarios to provide insurance carriers the answers needed for timely and accurate claim resolution.

Continuing Legal Education
Epps Forensic Consulting also provides Continuing Legal Education courses at no cost to attorneys and law firms. Contact Michael Haugen or Dave Sutherland to request your next Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course.