Consulting Services

Litigation & Claims Services

Our personnel have broad experience providing expert opinions and advice on financial, accounting and tax matters in a wide variety of disputes. We have testified as expert witnesses and worked as consultants on liability and damage issues, on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, in helping to assess causes of action, and during discovery and trial. Based on this history, we know what it takes to help attorneys and their clients deal with complex financial, accounting and tax issues relevant to a dispute.

Benefits of choosing Sisterson:

Seasoned Professionals
Sisterson's partners average more than twenty five years of public accounting experience - professionals with sound professional judgment, technical expertise, and communication skills developed over many years of service to clients of varying sizes in a wide array of industries. Our philosophy of hands-on involvement by the partners increases the quality and credibility of our services and reduces the risk that important facts will be overlooked.

Knowledgeable About Litigation
Selected partners and other professionals of Sisterson have undertaken training and study regarding the litigation process, applicable professional standards and legal rules, damage theories and methodologies, and the communication of findings and conclusions in a litigation environment. This training, combined with prior experience in litigation and claims engagements, helps us to get right to the issues while minimizing start-up time.

Cost Control
Dispute resolution can be an expensive process. We understand the pressure to control expenses without compromising quality. Our billing rates are substantially less than those of most national accounting or forensic accounting firms. In addition, we work with legal counsel and their clients to develop budgets, work programs and arrangements to assist in controlling and monitoring our service costs. This combination of reasonable billing rates and focus on cost control enables us to provide quality services at a reasonable price.

Reputation for Responsiveness
We understand the unpredictable nature of litigation and the need to be ready when called on. One of the distinguishing features of our Firm is our track record of exceptional responsiveness to our clients. When you are faced with unrealistic court imposed deadlines or other time constraints, we strive to move quickly to meet your needs. Moreover, our experience allows us to anticipate the unexpected, which permits us to get ahead of the litigation curve by continually working with all members of the litigation team early in the pre-trial process.

How We Can Help

We serve attorneys and their clients as both consultants and testifying expert witnesses. Our role can include financial analysis and investigation, discovery assistance, loss or damage determinations and ADR support.
  • Investigating transactions, courses of conduct, and other relevant matters to assist you and your clients to determine whether to commence litigation, seek alternative dispute resolution or attempt to negotiate an out of court settlement.
  • Counseling on the viability of damage theories and other financial aspects of complaints.
  • Providing technical expertise regarding accounting, auditing, financial reporting and valuation standards, tax laws and regulations and application thereof.
  • Providing specialized industry knowledge and definitions of key financial or accounting terms.
  • Assisting in discovery, including preparation of interrogatories, requests for documents, and deposition questions as well as on-the-spot follow-up questions to evasive responses, to aid in discovery of facts, documents and other information important to the case.
  • Calculating damages or losses using alternative damage theories, including sensitivity analyses of key variables.
  • Investigating suspected misconduct, fraud or defalcations by fiduciaries, employees or other parties relevant to establishing liability.
  • Preparing expert reports containing clear, concise explanations of our opinions supported by the facts of the case.
  • Reviewing reports of other experts and evaluating their opinions and the bases for them.
  • Providing expert testimony, supported by effective exhibits to communicate our opinions to the judge, arbitrators and/or jury.
  • Aiding in preparation of questions for cross-examination of expert and fact witnesses to expose flaws or inconsistencies in their positions.
  • Providing advice and analysis regarding the financial and tax aspects of settlement proposals and potential damage awards.

Where We Can Help

Sisterson can provide assistance in the following types of situations:
 
Determination of Losses or Damages Investigative Accounting & Analysis Taxation Domestic Issues
Antitrust Bankruptcy and reorganization Basis disputes Asset tracing and verification
Breach of contract Business valuations Business valuations Business valuations
Breach of fiduciary duty Civil and criminal fraud Cost allocation issues Equitable distribution analysis
Business interruption Construction claims and disputes Earnings and profits issues Net spendable income analysis
Construction claims Contract claims and disputes Estate tax issues Tax planning
Environmental Electronic data extraction and analysis Special agent examinations  
Insurance claims Fiduciary liability Tax fraud and evasion  
Intellectual property infringement Forecasts, projections and modeling Treatment of specific transactions  
Lender liability Historical analyses    
Merger and acquisition disputes Liquidations    
Misrepresentation and fraud Misrepresentations and fraud    
Personal injury Professional malpractice    
Product liability Professional standards compliance    
Investor disputes Tracing and verification    
Trade secret misappropriations White collar crime    
Wrongful death      
Wrongful termination      

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