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Brian Burns

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Brian is a partner and member of the Forensics & Valuation service line. He practices in valuation and forensic accounting, including financial investigations, litigation support, and consulting services. He has been designated as an expert witness or retained as a neutral advisor and qualified to testify by report, deposition, and/or trial testimony in federal and state courts or arbitrations across the United States in commercial and divorce matters. The focus areas of his forensic accounting services include litigation support and consulting services in matters such as shareholder disputes, divorces, breach of contract, breach of warranties, misappropriation of trade secrets, post-acquisition disputes, tortious interference, intellectual property disputes, statutory conspiracy, business interruption claims, employee embezzlement, investment scams, and fraud. With respect to his practice in valuation, Brian assists businesses and individuals with valuation services in litigation and shareholder disputes, divorce, transaction consulting, tax planning and compliance, financial reporting, stock-based compensation, and employee stock ownership plans.

He is often retained as an expert in matters involving disputed valuations and diminution of value claims. He assists clients with financial matters that may arise before, during, or following the closing of transactions. Brian has experience consulting in areas relating to working capital adjustments, earn-out calculations, and financial claims related to alleged breaches of purchase agreements or other actions. While his experience spans a broad scope of industries, Brian has strong experience in the construction, real estate, and government contracting industries providing dispute consulting in these industries involving matters such as post-acquisition disputes, business interruption claims, fraud, delays, and other disputes involving economic damages such as lost profits, lost value, and increased cost related claims.

Brian currently co-chairs the National Forensic and Valuation Services Conference Committee of the AICPA. He previously served on the Accredited in Business Valuation Credential Committee and the Business Valuation Committee of the AICPA and as president of the Richmond chapter of the American Society of Appraisers. Brian’s certifications include Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in business valuation, and Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF).

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, with a B.S. degree in finance, and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, with a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting.

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