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Economic Damages and Business Interruption: Managing Preparation and Defense

May 27, 2016
Duquesne Club, Walnut Room
325 6th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
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Mindy Millanti
(412) 315-2281
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Please join BDO Consulting for a complimentary breakfast seminar featuring continuing legal education eligible for one and a half (1.5) CLE credits. 

As trusted business advisors, corporate attorneys are often the first to receive a call from a client experiencing a loss due to man-made events, catastrophic storms, negligence, and / or breaches of contract . Establishing or defending such a claim requires immediate action to capture the vital information, to identify the key facts, and to mitigate ongoing losses.

This session will cover the scope and purpose of economic damages analyses, from identifying important financial elements of a calculation to evaluating lost calculation methods. The presentation will utilize case examples from prior catastrophic events, both in terms of preparing an economic damages claim as well as defending a lost profits case.  Q&A among the attendees will be encouraged.
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM – Registration

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM – Seminar
Brandon J. 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

Senior Manager

John Lash is a Manager in the Pittsburgh Office of BDO Consulting. He holds a Department of Defense (DoD) Security Clearance.
He has experience providing combined expertise in regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, fraud and forensic investigations, white collar criminal defense and prosecution, and risk management administration.

John has managed projects for large multi-national companies and has provided forensic and investigative support to Government-appointed disaster fund administrators (Gulf Coast Claims Facility; British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill). He has experience in National Security Agreement (NSA) audits supporting the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
His prior experience includes positions in Miami, FL and New Orleans, LA as a Manager of Forensic & Dispute Services.
Mr. Lash has obtained the following professional credentials: Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS), and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Mr. Lash concentrates in the areas of Forensics, Compliance, and Investigations, including: regulatory compliance, forensic accounting, fraud and money laundering; white collar criminal defense and prosecution; and commercial and economic damages.