Forensics & Litigation Services

On June 1, 2019, HSSK LLC joined Weaver, combining their forensics, litigation consulting and valuation capabilities to expand the services we offer our collective clients. Both firms have decades of experience in fraud investigation, financial forensics, litigation support, and valuation. Together, our combined professionals offer an unmatched breadth and depth of capabilities. Contact us to find out how we can help you.

Uncovering fraud, compiling evidence, providing testimony that stands up in court: professionals in Weaver’s Forensics and Litigation Services practice have been providing dispute advisory and financial forensic services to our clients for decades. Our team has experience in a wide variety of disciplines and industries, and most have advanced degrees and at least one certification in areas such as accounting (CPA), financial analysis (CFA), fraud investigation (CFE), compliance and ethics (CCEP), valuation (ASA, CVA, CBV) and financial forensics (CFF). This depth of talent allows Weaver to assemble highly qualified teams to address the most complicated issues effectively and efficiently. 

We are regularly engaged to serve as investigators, consultants and expert witnesses by clients such as Fortune 500 companies, law and accounting firms, government agencies, nonprofits, insurers and individuals. Weaver’s experience spans a range of industries including construction, real estate, health care, energy, oil and gas, technology, education and nonprofits, among others. When expert testimony is needed, our professionals have experience in a wide variety of venues, including state, federal and bankruptcy courts, regulatory hearings and arbitration.

Our Forensics & Litigation Services include:

Financial Forensics and Investigations

Forensic analysis that dives deep below the surface

Our professionals possess significant experience in financial forensics matters including analyzing all types of business transactions to identify instances of fraud, employee, officer and director misconduct, misuse of corporate funds, conflicts of interest, misappropriation of assets, financial misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty, among other issues. We regularly conduct interviews, review hard-copy and electronic records, and analyze the financial and operational books and records of entities (e.g., financial statements, general ledger, invoices, contracts, etc.) to analyze the sources and uses of funds and to evaluate specific transactions and business relationships.

Our professionals regularly perform fraud and special investigations for regulators, boards of directors and senior management responsible for entities ranging from governmental and quasi-governmental organizations to publicly traded and privately held companies. Our professionals have completed numerous engagements requiring detailed forensic analysis and transaction characterization ranging from several hundred thousand to several hundred million dollars. We regularly assist our clients with issues like these:

  • Asset tracing
  • Financial investigations
  • Fraud prevention and corporate governance risk assessments
  • Construction cost verification
  • Corporate and regulatory program compliance analyses
  • Reconstruction of financial data and events from imperfect reports
  • Investigations of:
    • Accounting irregularities
    • Breach of fiduciary duty
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Director and officer misconduct
    • Discrepancies in financial statements
    • Embezzlement
    • Employee theft
    • Fraud and malfeasance
    • Kickbacks
    • Misappropriation of assets
    • Misuse of corporate funds 

 

Commercial Disputes

Complex commercial disputes require experienced experts to analyze and simplify issues in order to produce written reports, testimony and trial demonstratives that are compelling and clearly understood by the trier of fact. 

Weaver’s heavily credentialed professionals have diverse and in-depth experience in a wide variety of disciplines and industries, allowing our firm to assemble a qualified, multidisciplinary team to address the most complicated commercial litigation issues. Our clients include Fortune 500 corporations, private companies, heavily regulated entities such as financial institutions and insurance companies, government agencies and many others.

We have experience in a wide range of commercial disputes regularly involving issues such as:

  • Corporate governance
  • Director and officer misconduct
  • Misuse of corporate funds
  • Business tort claims
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Financial misrepresentation
  • Misappropriation of assets
  • Accounting irregularities
  • Fraud
  • Intellectual property infringement
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Business interruption
  • Fraudulent conveyance

We provide a number of services in commercial disputes, including:

  • Economic damages analysis
    • Lost profits
    • Diminution of value
    • Unjust enrichment
  • Asset tracing
  • Fraud investigations
  • Forensic reconstruction and analysis of accounting records
  • Transaction analysis
  • Discovery assistance
  • Trial preparation
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Valuations

 

Intellectual Property

Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets are often the most critical assets owned by an enterprise. Litigation involving intellectual property infringement can make or break the future of the business. Weaver’s experience in complex intellectual property litigation includes quantification of and testimony related to lost profits, reasonable royalties, price erosion, corrective advertising, unjust enrichment, accounting of defendant's profits and diminution of value.

Weaver also has extensive experience valuing intellectual property to assist in negotiating reasonable royalty rates and for purchase price allocation related to acquisitions.

Our intellectual property experience includes: 

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Trade secrets

 

Family Law

Decades of experience working on family law engagements in multiple jurisdictions have given Weaver professionals the firsthand knowledge necessary to perform the required analyses and clearly express conclusions drawn from the investigation process. Our team is well-versed in performing valuations for family law matters, including applying state statutes relating to personal goodwill, and performing the detailed tracing necessary to establish separate and community property. From in-depth analyses to gather facts to fine-tuned presentations expressing an investigation’s findings, Weaver leaves nothing to chance. 

Our services include:

  • Characterization of separate and community property
  • Asset tracings for reimbursement claims
  • Valuation of business interests owned by the community estate
  • Quantification of assets, liabilities and income
  • Forensic investigation (hidden assets, personal or misclassified business expenses)
  • Discovery assistance
  • Trial preparation
  • Expert testimony
  • Consultation on collaborative divorces and settlement proposals
     
Insurance Disputes and Claims

Bringing insight to insurance claim disputes

Weaver has been assisting law firms, corporations and insurance professionals for decades as experts in insurance claim disputes. From insurable loss events that have impacted the “super majors” in the oil and gas industry to major manufacturers throughout the domestic markets, our seasoned professionals have been called upon to assist with quantifying and evaluating loss claims and economic damages.

Weaver professionals understand the ins and outs of insurance damage claims, claims accounting, claims modeling and successfully communicating both amounts and issues of concern to insureds, law firms and insurance professionals.

Services include:

  • ACV (actual cash value analyses)
  • Arson (financial motive)
  • Business interruption claims
  • Builder’s risk insurance (construction)
  • Extra expenses
  • Fidelity bond claim
  • Physical damage cost review
  • Property appraisal
  • Rents loss
  • Report of values
  • Subrogation

 

Personal Injury

Bringing clarity to personal injury damages

Economic damages as the result of a personal injury, wrongful death or wrongful termination have several levels of complexity. Weaver’s professionals have a long history of assisting the legal community with complex claims — specifically, aiding parties in understanding the economic damages at hand and the impact of challenges to asserted damage amounts.

At any stage of the litigation process, understanding the elements of economic damages is crucial. Whether you need assistance determining lost earnings, lost household services, avoided consumption, or the present value of future care costs, Weaver is here to help.

Types of Accidents / Issues

  • Industrial accidents
  • Premise accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Offshore accidents/Jones Act claims
  • Construction accidents
  • Manufacturing accidents

Types of Analyses

  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Assessment of lost earnings capacity
  • Appraisal of lost support to survivors
  • Evaluation of household services
  • Evaluation of personal consumption
  • Lost business profits

 

Anticorruption, Ethics and Compliance

The Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and foreign governments enforce bribery and anti-corruption regulations that can present significant compliance risks for companies both large and small. Regulatory scrutiny is always of concern as companies are challenged to meet an increasingly diverse set of regulatory requirements, including anti-corruption laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act (UKBA), and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). Complying with these laws requires a culture of compliance, where employees understand the laws and their role in ensuring that the company complies. 

Violations of anti-corruption laws can result in multimillion-dollar fines and even jail time for individuals. Disgorgement of profits and debarment from public-sector engagements in the U.S., Canada and the European Union are just some of the serious consequences that can result from violations of anti-corruption laws. Companies can also lose their export/import licenses and damage to their reputation.

Weaver assists companies and individuals in developing, implementing and monitoring proactive compliance programs to control risks and, when issues arise, respond to regulators. If companies have concerns about potential violations of the UKBA, FCPA, or CFPOA, we help them conduct internal investigations and, if necessary, deal with regulators and whistleblowers. See more information about our anticorruption, compliance and ethics services.

Jared Jordan

Jared Jordan

Partner-in-Charge, Forensics and Litigation Services

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Jared Jordan, CFE, leads Weaver’s Forensics and Litigation Service practice. Jared has 20 years of experience assisting clients…

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Jeff Spilker

Jeff Spilker

Managing Director, Forensics and Litigation Services

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Jeff Spilker, CPA, ABV, CFF, J.D., has more than 30 years of diverse business experience as both a hands-on executive and as a…

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