James F. Davidson, CPA, CFE, CFF, CGMA, CM&AA, CM&AP, CIRA, CTP, CBA Expert Witness

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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Accounting and Business Operations

Keywords/Search Terms:

Financial, operational turnarounds, restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, CEO, CFO, CRO, governance, forensic, fraud, corporate investigations, certified, turnaround, insolvency, restructuring, CPA, chartered global management accountant, credentialed, fraud examiner, board, best practices


BA - Psychology; Political Science, University of California - Irvine; Masters -Business (Finance; Accounting; Economics), University of California - Irvine

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Industry, accounting, auditing, consulting. M&A, distressed, insolvency, bankruptcy, financial restructurings, operational turnarounds, performance/profitability. Forensics, fraud, dispute resolution, diligence, strategic planning, governance, quality of earnings. Board of Directors OC Forensic Expert Witness Association, Board Directors LA Chapter Association Certified Fraud Examiners. Consumer products, services; franchising; retail, wholesale distribution; food processing, packaging; restaurants; agribusiness; real estate; engineering, construction; industrial manufacturing, assembly; trucking, transportation; aerospace, defense; waste management; energy – oil & gas, shale, mining; chemicals; fertilizers; lending; dealerships, service, repair; education; telecom, media, technology. Distressed Asset Acquisitions; Underperforming; Due Diligence; Capital Stack, Structure; Strategic Planning; Post-Acquisition, Working Capital Disputes; Quality of Earnings; Best Practices; Buyouts; Valuations; Structuring, Financing; Carve-outs, Operational, Financial; Fraud Examinations; Corporate Transgressions; Financial Reporting Gimmickry. 2022 Los Angeles Times, “Orange County Banking and Finance: Trends, Updates and Visionaries;” 2021 Los Angeles Business Journal, “Leaders of Influence: Private Equity Investors & Advisors;” 2021 Los Angeles Times, “Banking and Finance: Trends, Updates and Visionaries;” 2020 California Business Journal, “Pivoting During COVID-19 Avant Advisory Group...;" 2019 Corporate Live Wire, “Mergers & Acquisitions Roundtable;” 2017 Corporate Live Wire, “Bankruptcy & Restructuring Roundtable;” 2017 Linked-in Blog, “Three Ways to Avoid ‘Messy’ Merger & Acquisition Transactions;” CFO Magazine - “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fraud” • “Trends & Techniques in Fraud, Forensics & Corporate Investigations” • “Got Profits? Now You See Them, Now You Don’t as Profits Vanish in both Crisis Situations and Fraudulent Activity”