Litigation Support


Litigation Services

DLA professionals provide objective and reliable assistance to counsel and their clients, whether serving as a testifying expert or as a consulting expert. We help attorneys efficiently bring their cases to a satisfactory conclusion. Our business valuation experts and forensic accountants advise counsel on diverse aspects of litigation matters.

Our services include:

  • Early case analysis and strategy consultation
  • Clear explanations of complex financial/accounting/tax facts, communicated in jargon-free, easily understood language
  • Discovery requests and collection
  • Document production review to identify and resolve critical gaps in evidence
  • Assist with interrogatories
  • Expert testimony and written report of expert opinion
  • Evaluation of opposing expert’s report
  • Deposition questions and attendance at depositions
  • Participate in settlement/mediation procedures
  • Evaluate settlement proposals, including after-tax financial outcomes
  • Assist with preparation and review of briefs
  • Trial exhibits and visual aids
  • Appeal strategy re: financial issues
  • Document Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis

DLA professionals are responsive to project deadlines and stand ready to assist attorneys in the most complex litigation and valuation assignments. Choosing the right expert can determine the outcome of a case. Savvy attorneys turn to DLA as an experienced, shrewd and cost-effective alternative to larger firms.

Matrimonial

Aggravating the emotionally charged process of terminating a marriage, divorce involves many difficult financial issues. For example, to fairly assign the marital assets and liabilities between the parties, consideration of the tax aspects of individually owning and/or selling each asset must be considered. Some situations are further complicated by ownership of closely held business interests of unknown value, often accompanied by suspicions of financial manipulation designed to misrepresent the income generating capacity of the business.

Matrimonial services are a core focus of our practice and DLA’s team stands ready to work with attorneys and their clients to efficiently resolve all divorce related financial disputes. DLA professionals assist family law attorneys with quantifying the financial aspects of divorce proceedings. As experts providing forensic accounting, business valuation, and expert witness testimony, our goal is to simplify complex income and property issues so that attorneys and non-attorneys alike can easily understand them.

Our divorce support expert services include:

  • Case information statement preparation
  • Identification and valuation of marital assets and liabilities
  • Exempt asset tracing and documentation
  • Valuation of business ownership interests
  • Forensic accounting
  • Hidden assets and income tracing
  • Strategic tax planning
  • Standard of living (lifestyle) analysis
  • Income analysis
  • Child support calculations
  • Equitable Distribution calculations
  • Alimony calculations
  • Development of settlement proposals
  • Assistance at mediation or settlement conferences

DLA professionals are adept assistants during the discovery process, often responsible for the collection and analysis of financial documents. In addition to providing our qualified expert reports and testimony, we assist counsel with our evaluation of the opposing expert’s report, preparation of questions for deposition and trial, and settlement consultation designed to bring the case to a swift, fair and reasonable conclusion.

Our team works intimately with attorneys to assure all needs are met. We are committed to providing litigation support services for family matters with the highest level of integrity and expertise, always acting in the best interest of our clients. Upon request, DLA will work as a jointly appointed, neutral expert in divorce proceedings; thereby saving time and costs, and preserving the marital estate.

Fraud

Fraud represents a pervasive and significant threat to individuals and to firms of all sizes and industries. Companies need to be aware that fraud can attack in many guises. Some fraud schemes are designed to steal from the business entity; and other fraud schemes are designed to steal from the company’s clients. Both scenarios represent a financial risk to the business.

DLA conducts fraud investigations and assists counsel in litigating civil and criminal cases. Fraud is designed not to be found. Accordingly, DLA conducts a multi-faceted investigation designed to look behind the numbers to determine the “who, why, where, what and how” of the fraud loss. DLA professionals are skilled interviewers, and trained to detect signs of deception in the subject’s body language and responses. DLA utilizes public records and its sophisticated computer assisted data analysis capabilities to identify financial anomalies, connections between individuals, affiliations between business entities, and other clues that reveal how the fraud was conducted and by whom.

DLA professionals include certified public accountants and certified internal auditors. When financial statement fraud is alleged, DLA professionals have the training, skills and experience to thoroughly analyze complex financial transactions and evaluate the legitimacy of how the transactions were treated within the accounting records. DLA is proud of its track record of fraud identification and recovery of lost assets.

Valuation

DLA business valuation professionals perform a thoughtful and thorough analysis, utilizing professional skepticism, to obtain a deep understanding of the unique characteristics and future prospects of each business ownership interest. They apply recognized, generally accepted valuation methodologies to deliver a highly credible business valuation.

Our professionals have valued majority and minority business interests to address a wide range of valuation needs, including:

  • Marital dissolution
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Gift and estate taxes
  • Commercial litigation economic damage claims
  • Purchase or sale of an ownership interest
  • Buy-sell agreements

The nature of the valuation service required dictates the valuation approach, governing rules and industry standards under which we provide our services. Our valuation professionals fully understand the applicable federal and state statutes, case law, IRS regulations, AICPA standards and other regulatory requirements that must be adhered to. We are committed to efficiently providing our clients with a cogent work product that adheres to the highest professional standards.

Commercial Litigation

At DLA, our CPA experts utilize their specialized training and experience to quantify damages due to commercial disputes. Working closely together, we advise both plaintiff and defense attorneys, and their clients, regarding the calculation of lost profits and other commercial damages.

Whether the matter is a minor business dispute or a large and complex litigation, we always start by estimating damages in order to design a case strategy that makes sense. From the initial document review to writing the expert report, our most senior experts are hands-on with all aspects of the case. We are responsive and respect litigation deadlines.

Our expert reports are persuasive, easy to follow and are always fully supported by the case facts. Attorneys often are able to settle the case based on our written opinion, knowing that our report is trial ready, should it be necessary.

Our services include:

  • Lost profits damages
  • Business interruption claims
  • Breach of contract
  • Tortuous interference
  • Insurance claims
  • Trademark violations
  • Professional liability
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Breach of non-compete
  • Fraud and embezzlement loss
  • Forensic accounting