In our litigious society, high-net-worth individuals and businesses often find themselves in lawsuits and complex business lawsuits. Fiske provides comprehensive litigation support services. Attorneys rely on expert assistance to present complex financial, business and accounting issues.
Our experienced forensic accountants and litigation support specialists are invaluable to the legal industry. We assist in theory development, discovery, assessments of risk and damages exposure. We analyze complex financial, accounting and tax issues and deliver results in a clear manner that the people deciding your case can understand.
Fiske’s litigation support team provides expert witness testimony, damage analyses, assists in developing questions and answers for interrogatories and deposition and evaluates settlement proposals for potential jury trials and court hearings. Fiske experts defend their opinion to provide objectivity to the matter.
When experience counts, count on Fiske
The Certified Public Accountants at Fiske also hold specialty designations, including Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Fiske provides litigation support accounting related to various legal actions, including:
Economic Damages, Lost Profits and Lost Wage Claims
We provide counsel with credible assessments of economic damages on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Our team articulates the financial link between actions that caused damage and the dollar value of such damages. We also evaluate mitigating circumstances that could reduce any claimed dollar-value damages.
When disputes develop among business owners, Fiske’s team of professionals can help. Our business valuation specialists and forensic accountants represent clients on either side of disputes, including issues of ownership, valuation, minority oppression and breach of fiduciary duty as they relate to corporations, shareholders, partners, partnerships, LLCs, LLC members and LLC managers.
When individuals get divorced, the finances can be especially complicated. Working with counsel, we assist with each step of the process, from compliance with mandatory disclosure through resolution. Fiske’s team is experienced in the various aspects of family law involving alimony, child support and equitable distribution.
Construction projects sometimes experience financial difficulties or claims related to delays or the quality of workmanship, materials or contractor performance. Fiske provides guidance to businesses and litigation counsel in the assessment of economic damages. We examine contracts, budgets, actual costs, receipts, expenses and disbursement documentation to objectively measure prospective damages on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret lawsuits can be complex and costly, whether your intellectual property rights have been infringed upon or you have been accused of infringement. Our litigation support accounting specialists and forensic accountants provide objective assessments of intellectual property values and infringement damages.
Our team has substantial experience handling eminent domain cases, including professionals who have been practicing in this area for more than 40 years representing private individuals and previously working on behalf of the state. Fiske’s involvement in eminent domain litigation has ranged from consulting on the preliminary phases of a legal proceeding to involvement throughout the case, including through trial. Our business appraisers help clients calculate damages related to disruption of business or reduction in business because of relocation or partial takings. Our firm also provides values for condemnation and expert witness testimony.
Fiske is a valuable resource for court-appointed fiduciaries needing the highest-quality experts when dealing with financial aspects of cases and accounting-related litigation. Our team has substantial experience working with Bankruptcy Trustees, Receivers and Assignees. In addition, our professionals have worked directly as court-appointed fiduciaries or on behalf of fiduciaries in a variety of cases.