Presentations will address expert testimony admissibility, as well as avoidable business valuation deposition pitfalls.
Principal Mike Costello, CPA•ABV•CFF,CFE, and Managing Director Brent McDade, ASA, CBA, BVAL, both with Decosimo Advisory Services, will make presentations in Boston Mass. at the 16th annual Consultants Conference hosted by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) and the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) during May 27-30, 2009. Mr. Costello’s presentation, titled "Daubert Challenge: What Every Appraiser Needs to Know," will address the Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals ruling for financial expert testimony admissibility and the best practices for avoiding or contesting a Daubert challenge. Mr. McDade will participate in a presentation, titled “Mock Deposition for a Business Valuation Engagement," which will illustrate the pitfalls less-prepared experts can create during a deposition.
Michael Costello is a principal with Decosimo Advisory Services, responsible for business valuation, litigation support, and transaction advisory services. He has more than 27 years of experience business valuations, business acquisitions and divestitures, and related fields, and his appraisals have been used in various courts.
Brent McDade is managing director of Decosimo Advisory Services, providing business valuation, litigation support, and transaction advisory services. His experience includes the appraisal of equity securities, debt instruments, and derivatives. He has provided valuation services related to mergers and acquisitions, buy-sell agreements, fairness opinions, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, estate and gift tax matters, shareholder disputes, and marital dissolutions.
ABOUT DECOSIMO: Joseph Decosimo and Company, PLLC (Decosimo) is a nationally recognized firm, perennially ranked as a Top 100 accounting and business advisory services firm. The regional firm has eight office locations in the United States and the Cayman Islands, with more than 300 professionals and staff. Each of Decosimo's offices provides a full range of accounting and advisory services to a wide array of industries. Additionally, Decosimo is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited. With over 366 firms with a total of 647 offices across 98 countries, Moore Stephens and Decosimo provide clients with access to an unmatched depth of resources and expertise.