Forensic Accounting

Expert Witness & Forensic Accounting

We offer expert witness and forensic accounting services to plaintiff and defense attorneys throughout all stages of pre-trial and courtroom activities. This is a highly specialized area of expertise, and the stakes can be very high. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to these matters, and each jurisdiction is different.

Our firm has been providing forensic accounting in the San Francisco area for over 50 years, and we have helped facilitate over $100 million in combined settlements. Sugarman & Company partners have appeared before Bay Area courts, California state courts, and United States district courts along with federal bankruptcy courts.

Case in Point

The following is a good example of the types of cases we handle. A Fortune 500 company in the household products field had a real estate subsidiary with a $120 million real estate loan for renovation of an office building. The loan was secured by real estate, letters of credit, liquid collateral and, ultimately, by the CEO’s oral guarantee.

  • Damage calculations
  • Lender liability
  • Lost profits
  • Preference analyses
  • Fraudulent conveyances
  • Business interruption
  • Cash flow analyses
  • Partnership dissolution
  • Business valuations
  • Professional malpractice
  • Real estate valuations
  • Constructive damages
  • Going concern analyses
  • Insurance claims
  • Liquidation analyses
  • Bankruptcy
  • Reorganizations
  • Fraud/white collar investigations
  • Turnarounds
  • Workouts

When the project failed to proceed as planned, the loan went into default. The financial institutions that financed the project retained our expertise on the damages and other related matters. After conducting our analysis, we testified in deposition. The debtor settled the morning we would have appeared in court, agreeing to repay the banks 100 percent of their debt.

Contact Sugarman & Company LLP

We are here to help whenever you need any type of forensic accounting assistance. You can reach one of our knowledgeable team members by phone at 415-314-6566 or 415-395-7500, and you also have the option of sending us a message electronically though our contact page.