Please join BDO Consulting for a complimentary breakfast seminar featuring continuing legal education eligible for one and a half (1.5) CLE Credits.
Accountants and financial experts often send extensive document request lists which, at times, appear to be excessively voluminous. This course will cover the reasoning behind some of those requests, with “war stories” about why the data was necessary.
We will also discuss generally what information is needed in internal investigation, financial damages, and valuation matters and will discuss how that information is obtained. To decrease the impact of challenging, time consuming, and wasteful process, new technologies and processes have emerged that support simplified workflows and promote new ways of crunching through mountains of Electronically Stored Information. During this presentation, alternate methods of data analysis, correlation and prioritization will be presented – all of which enable counsel and accountants to shrink the volume of data reviewed and accelerate the pace of an investigation
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM - Registration
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Seminar
Brandon Otis, CPA/CFF/ABV, CFE, CVA, Managing Director, BDO Consulting
Brandon Otis is a Managing Director in BDO Consulting’s Pittsburgh office. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been awarded the Certified in Financial Forensics and Accredited in Business Valuation designations by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Brandon has also obtained the Certified Fraud Examiner designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
Brandon has spent his career focusing on specialized and distinct business consulting matters. He has testified in federal and state court matters and is a frequent speaker on valuation, forensic accounting, and financial management related topics. With significant experience in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, insurance, manufacturing and distribution, professional services, medical practices and construction contractors, Brandon’s clients have ranged from Fortune 500 firms and some of the nation’s largest professional practice firms, to individuals and sole proprietorships
Douglas Herman, MCSE, MCDBA, BDO Consulting Principal
Douglas Herman is a Principal in BDO Consulting’s Forensic Technology Services practice with extensive knowledge and experience in technology, specializing in database-driven applications, pre-litigation planning, eDiscovery and digital forensic services. Mr. Herman has considerable technical experience with computer networking, network security, data storage, database-driven applications, including ERP, CRM, EMR, HRIS, SharePoint-related structures, SQL database design and administration, email archiving platforms, and the full Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and project lifecycle.
Experienced in eDiscovery and dispute resolution, Mr. Herman has provided expert witness testimony in a number of litigations, where he has been retained as an eDiscovery expert, a 30(b)(6) expert, and has also participated in an array of technical depositions of opposing experts. He advises clients nationally across multiple industries, including; energy, healthcare and pharmaceutical, education, banking mortgage, transportation, and manufacturing.
Prior to joining BDO, he was a Managing Director and Partner for UHY Advisors FLVS, Inc. where he led the Discovery Services Practice Group and also managed the Operations, Project Management and Business Development teams. He has published on numerous topics related to eDiscovery.
Justin Lamanna, BDO Consulting Director
Justin Lamanna is a Director in BDO Consulting’s Forensic Technology Services practice. He is a seasoned professional with 15 years of electronic discovery, litigation support, records management, digital forensics and information technology experience. Justin brings a unique expertise in developing tiered strategies with the ability to provide a consultative approach to each and every matter.
Justin works closely with law firms and corporate legal departments on litigation matters of all sizes, assisting with the overall discovery process. He has a strong background in customer service, consulting, designing and delivering customized services to meet clients’ needs.
Prior to joining the firm, Justin served as a Client Service Manager for UHY Advisors. There he was responsible for helping clients reduce the overall cost of litigation associated eDiscovery as well as creating and executing a new business and marketing plan within Northeast Region for the first ever UHY office based in Pittsburgh, PA.