November 20, 2020 8:00am – 4:15pm Map & Directions 602-252-4144

Webcast: Business Valuation and Forensic & Litigation Services Conference

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This conference is designed for all practitioners who are involved in business valuations and forensic and litigation services. Get up to speed on considerations, methodologies and rulings on a variety of business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation services topics. Join us for a day of informative, progressive and dynamic sessions on both subjects from national and local speakers. Current practitioners and those interested in knowing more about the practice are encouraged to attend.

Register online at or call (602) 252-4144.


ASCPA Learning Center
4801 E Washington St Ste 180
Phoenix, AZ 85034-2040

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Recommended CPE Credit: 8 Hours Total | 1 Hr Tax, 3 Hrs A&A, 4 Hrs Consulting

Conference Agenda

7:30 - 8:05 | Webcast Room Opens

8:05 - 8:55 a.m. | The CPA’s Role in Distressed Business Litigation (A&A)

Josephine Giordano, BeachFleischman PC
Learn the important role of CPAs providing litigation support services to distressed businesses as a result of COVID-19 and its lingering economic impact.

9:05 - 9:55 a.m. | Economic Damages: Evaluating Reasonable Certainty and Causation When Calculating Lost Profits in the COVID-19 Environment (A&A)
Michael A. Fahlman, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
Learn how to evaluate reasonable certainty and causation when calculating lost profits in a COVID-19 environment. This session will consider and apply professional guidance and case law to challenges facing economic damages experts in today’s environment.

10:05 - 10:55 a.m. | Testifying War Stories (Consulting)

Moderator: Brendan James Kennedy, ATLAS CPAs & Advisors PLLC
Panelists: Lynton Kotzin, Kotzin Valuation Partners, LLC and Frank Pankow, Pankow Company, P.C.

Learn from seasoned testifying experts how to testify with confidence and what things to do or not to do before and during testifying.

11:05 - 11:55 a.m. | Business Interruption Loss – Sniffing Out Misrepresentations (A&A)
Michael Haugen, J.S. Held
For any practitioner involved in measuring business interruption loss claims, this course will cover duties and best practices for sniffing out policyholder misrepresentations, including key factors to consider when navigating these scenarios with clients. 

12:25 - 1:15 p.m. | Reports of CPA Litigation Experts – What Attorneys Are Looking For in Expert Reports and in Their Direct and Cross-Examination of Experts (Consulting)
Moderator: Donald Ray Bays, Henry+Horne
Panelists: Jeffrey G. Pollitt, Jeffrey G. Pollitt, P.C. and Mitchell X. Reichman, Jaburg Wilk

In this session you will learn about the characteristics of a winning report, what not to include in a litigation report, how and why to footnote facts and legal authority, and many other hot topics in reporting.

1:25 - 2:15 p.m. | Capital Market Outlook – During and After the Pandemic (Consulting)
Michael J. Carlin, Henry+Horne Wealth Management
Understand the latest economic trends, risks and opportunities going forward.

2:25 - 3:15 p.m. | M&A COVID Effects (Consulting)
Moderator: Lance A. Meilech, IBG Fox & Fin Financial Group, LC
Panelists: Jonathan Ariano, Osborn Maledon, P.A. and Michael R. Metzler, Henry+Horne

Learn from a panel of experts about how M&A has impacted valuation during COVID-19.

3:25 - 4:15 p.m. | Unique Aspects of Gift and Estate Tax Valuations (Tax)
Cindy Andresen, Kotzin Valuation Partners, LLC
At the end of this session you will gain an understanding of the primary differences in the valuation of holding companies and operating companies, important things to consider when valuing multi-tiered entities and why 2020 is a good year for gift and estate tax valuations.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. For details, contact Heidi Frei, MBA, ABC, Director of Marketing at (602) 324-4743 or at

Designed For

This conference is designed for all practitioners who are involved in business valuations and forensic and litigation services. Get up to speed on considerations, methodologies and rulings on a variety of business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation services topics.

Event Leaders

Bays, Donald Ray

Rating: 4.59

Don has more than 35 years of experience in public and private accounting, including eight years with a national CPA firm in Los Angeles and Phoenix, four years as Director of Internal Audit for a Fortune 500 company with $700 million in annual sales, three years as a vice president and controller for a $300 million public company, and 11 years with the second largest CPA firm in Arizona where he served
as Director of the firm’s Audit Services Division from 1984-1988. Don is a Certified Valuation Analyst, an Accredited Business Valuator and has performed business valuations for a variety of businesses since the mid-1980’s. Before he became an accounting professional, Don spent six years in law enforcement as a police officer and detective with the Tucson Police Department. Since 1984, he has testified as an
expert witness on numerous civil cases including those involving insurance fraud, contract disputes, lost earnings, accountants’ and lawyers’ professional liability, and property settlement matters in marriage dissolutions.

Don has written articles for the Journal of Accountancy, and
CPA Journal, and has contributed numerous writings to the
newsletters of the Arizona Society of CPAs and the Arizona
State Board of Accountancy. He has lectured extensively on
business valuation concepts and lost earnings calculations to
business owners, bankers, attorneys, and CPAs.

In August 1999, the Arizona Society of CPAs named Don as
a recipient of its distinguished Life Membership Award. Don
was also a member of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy
from July 2002 to June 2007, and served as the Board’s
President from July 2006 to June 2007.

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Ariano, Jonathan

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Jonathan Ariano's practice focuses on representing growth-oriented and entrepreneurial clients, often in connection with the firm's outside general counsel practice. He routinely represents companies in business transactions and corporate governance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, debt and private equity financing and securities offerings.

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Carlin, Michael J.

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Michael Carlin is deeply passionate about the financial services industry and is known for helping his clients uncover and understand more about their financial situations than ever before, building meaningful relationships and helping them achieve their financial objectives.
Beyond running the company, Carlin handles a wide range of responsibilities including heading up the Henry+Horne Wealth Management investment committee, making strategic decisions on evolving client portfolios, working with the most difficult and complex financial situations while making sure the practice is compliant meeting its fiduciary responsibilities.

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Kotzin, Lynton M.

Rating: 4.45

Lynton Kotzin is nationally recognized for his professional knowledge and skill in business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support and has provided expert testimony in deposition and trial in a broad range of matters. His diverse industry experience includes manufacturing, retail, wholesale, service companies, healthcare, professional practices and real estate.

Kotzin has been a guest speaker for the State Bar of Arizona and made numerous presentations and written several articles on business valuation and related topics. He has provided expert testimony in deposition and trial and been admitted as an expert in the field of business valuation, forensic accounting and economic damages calculation.

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Reichman, Mitchell

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Mitchell Reichman is a divorce lawyer who meets his clients' needs by understanding his role as a true "counselor at law" - and as the champion of their cause. As a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, he has the knowledge and experience to manage high conflict divorces with substantial assets.
Upon joining Jaburg Wilk in 1995, Reichman devoted his practice exclusively to family law, utilizing his understanding of business, finances, accounting, and commercial litigation to assist high income and net worth families divide large and often complex estates. He blends his business instincts with a pragmatic legal approach to gain a rich understanding of his clients' (and their spouses') varied businesses, including law practices, dental and medical practices, retail stores, real estate companies, and investment entities.

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Meilech, Lance A.

Rating: 4.88

Lance Meilech is a merger and acquisition advisor who began working with Fox & Fin/IBG in 2006. He began business career in sales, representing companies that sell office equipment and computers, and eventually became a securities dealer.

Meilech has extensive experience in international markets and fluent in multiple languages. As an entrepreneur he started, built and sold several companies, including a software development company and a multi-location education company. Immediately prior to association with Fox & Fin he started and built from the ground up one of Phoenix’s top tax firms. He has a Masters Degree in Finance and a Masters in Taxation and an Arizona real estate license.

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Giordano, Josephine

Rating: 4.55

Josephine Giordano is a Director in the Financial Forensics and Valuation Services Group at BeachFleischman PC. Ms. Giordano’s extensive experience includes the areas of internal audit, banking, regulatory compliance, fraud investigation, forensic accounting, public accounting/tax, business valuations, bankruptcy & restructuring, turnaround management, court-appointed receiverships, and special master and compliance monitoring appointments.

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Andresen, Cindy

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Cindy Andresen is a Director at Kotzin Valuation Partners. She has more than 25 years of business experience that includes business valuation, financial analysis, and portfolio management. At Kotzin Valuation Partners she provides business valuation services for estate and gift tax purposes, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), marital dissolution, internal planning, buy/sell purposes, conversion of C to S Corporation status, IRC 409A and charitable contributions. She is an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation from the American Society of Appraisers. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Central Arizona Estate Planning Council.

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Davis, Kiilu

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Kiilu Davis is an experienced trial lawyer with a broad background. Davis’s practice is exclusively focused on family law and primarily involves complex matrimonial litigation, trial work and appeals. Davis also devotes a portion of his practice to mediation, special master work and as a court appointed Parenting Coordinator.

Davis is recognized as one of the leading family law attorneys in the state and is a frequent speaker and contributor at Continuing Legal Education seminars. While being very business minded, he has a thoughtful understanding of the complexities of legal decision making and parenting time and how those issues weigh heavily on his clients.

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Davis, Helen R.

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Ms. Davis has been practicing family law for over 20 years and focuses on complex divorce and custody litigation. Ms. Davis is the President and Chair of the Firm and is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Ms. Davis is certified as a family law specialist by the Arizona state Bar, is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is honored by Best Lawyer’s in America, Super Lawyers and more elite organizations.

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Metzler, Mike Ronald

Rating: 4.64

Mr. Metzler concentrates his practice on transaction advisory services which includes: M&A consulting, financial due diligence assignments (quality of earnings) and exit planning consulting. Additionally, Mr. Metzler performs appraisals for federal gift tax purposes, stock owned by an ESOP Trust, ESOP transactions and business owner disputes. Mr. Metzler is also involved in fraud investigations, contract disputes, bankruptcy related litigation, acquisition disputes, employee embezzlement, trust disputes and investment scams.

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Pankow, Frank G.

Rating: 4.85

Frank G. Pankow, ASA, CPA/ABV, MCBA, CFF, is president of Pankow Company, P.C. Business Appraisers, a firm located in Phoenix that specializes in business valuation for family law, estate planning and other purposes. Mr. Pankow received his undergraduate accounting degree from Arizona State University, magna cum laude. He is qualified as an expert witness in Maricopa and Coconino County Superior Courts (AZ), Clark County District Court (NV) and Federal Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Pankow has also served as Special Master in domestic relations cases. He has been an instructor for the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the American Institute of CPAs, the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and the Arizona Society of CPAs (ASCPA). Mr. Pankow has also served as chairman of the Business Valuation and Litigation Services Committees of the ASCPA, president and vice-president of the Phoenix Chapter of the ASA, a member of the ASA International Board of Examiners, a member of the ASA Education Subcommittee and member of the Certification Advisory Committee for the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. Mr. Pankow was also one of the financial experts in the Rueschenberg matter.

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Fahlman, Michael A.

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Mr. Fahlman assists clients, including legal counsel, boards of directors and executive management, with complex commercial litigation, economic damages, valuation, dispute resolution, investigations, and distressed businesses.

During the last two decades, Mr. Fahlman has served as a neutral accounting arbitrator, consulting expert and testifying expert, and has presented his findings in various dispute, regulatory and administrative proceedings over 100 times, including Federal and state courts, arbitration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr. Fahlman has spent the past decade in various leadership roles for the AICPA’s Forensic & Valuation Services section, including the Chairman of the Forensic & Litigation Services Committee, Chairman of the AICPA’s Damages Task Force and Co-Chair of the annual Forensic & Valuation Conference. In addition to the AICPA, Mr. Fahlman is a past co-chair of the Economic Damages sub-committee of the American Bar Association. Mr. Fahlman is a regular contributor, reviewer and presenter of technical forensic accounting professional education for CPAs across the United States, and teaches at universities, bar associations, and law firms on the topics of forensic accounting and damages. Prior to BRG, Mr. Fahlman was a Partner at Grant Thornton, LLP, and prior to that served as the turnaround Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of a 72-unit multi-state retail company.

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Kennedy, Brendan J.

Rating: 4.45

Brendan J. Kennedy is a partner with ATLAS CPAs and Advisors PLLC with offices in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa and Illinois. Mr. Kennedy is responsible for the business valuation and litigation support services within the firm. Mr. Kennedy's professional experience includes over thirty-five years in the business concentrations of finance and accounting, with emphasis in business valuation, litigation support, financial analysis and presentation, forecasting, and mergers and acquisitions. He has served clients with businesses in many industries including manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, retail, healthcare, law, real estate and other professional services. Mr. Kennedy has also testified as an expert witness in the area of business valuation and economic damages in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Kennedy’s certifications and credentials are a testament to his devotion to the profession to which he has dedicated his career. Below is a list of Mr. Kennedy’s academic achievements, professional credentials and affiliations.

Academic Achievements and Professional Credentials
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), American Institute of CPAs, 2008
Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), American Society of Appraisers, 2004
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), American Institute of CPAs, 1999
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, 1998
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), State of Arizona, 1985
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Iowa State University, 1983

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Haugen, Michael J.

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Applied in the context of litigation support and commercial insurance claims, Mr. Haugen is a forensic accounting expert focused on delivering clear, concise and credible opinions. He is a Certified Public Accountant, is Certified in Financial Forensics, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has assisted legal counsel, insurance carriers, and business owners resolve financial damages claims involving hundreds of millions of dollars in total.

Mr. Haugen specializes in measuring lost profits, conducting fraud and embezzlement investigations, and performing lost earnings wrongful death calculations. He is practiced in commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, merger and acquisition disputes and shareholder disputes. He has assisted counsel in securities fraud and criminal law matters. Mr. Haugen has measured hundreds of business interruption, extra expense, property loss and fiduciary claims for commercial property and casualty insurance carriers across the entire country.

Mr. Haugen is a recipient of the Standing Ovation award in Forensic and Valuation Services from The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has had the privilege of being selected to present as a speaker for the AICPA, the PLRB, DRI, and for a variety of insurance carriers and law firms to provide custom in-house training. He has served as a member on the Audit and Advisory committee for the Arizona State Board of Accountancy and the FVS Conference planning committee for the AICPA.

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Committee Chair: Brendan J. Kennedy, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA, ASA, ATLAS CPAs & Advisors PLLC
Don R. Bays, CPA, ABV, CVA, CFF, Henry+Horne
David S. Foster, CPA, ABV, CFE, Gorman Consulting Group, LLC
Lance A. Meilech, CPA, IBG Fox & Fin Financial Group, LC
Lela C. Lawless, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA, Eide Bailly LLP
Melissa E. Loughlin-Sines, CPA, CFE, CVA, CFF, Henry+Horne 
Julia A. Miessner, CPA, ABV, CFF, CGMA, BeachFleischman PC
Jeffrey L. Sumpter CPA, JD, CIRA, CFF, Tolonen Tax & Accounting