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This page contains banking expert witnesses who testify, consult and provide litigation support on banking and related issues. Banking expert witnesses and consultants on this page may form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts. The issues and subjects these banking expert witnesses testify regarding may include: Lender Liability, Banking, Foreclosure, Fraud, Lending, Bankruptcy, Underwriting, Construction, Damages, Disclosure, Fiduciary Duty, Mortgage Lending, Architecture, Asset Management, and Banking Operations/Procedures.

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Advisors / Experts @MCS Associates National Expert Witness/Consulting Group

Tustin, California
Banking, Financial - Banking operations, checking, fraud, trusts & fiduciary, credit underwriting, lending, loan administration, mortgage banking, foreclosures, lender liability
Banking & financial services consulting group (est. 1973). Experts include senior bankers, lenders, consultants, accountants, trust & investment managers, regulators. Check policies; credit / debit cards, deposit & ATM transactions, funds transfer; Lending (construction, real estate, sub prime, corporate, asset-based, leasing, consumer); Securitizations; Compliance (TILA, RESPA); Servicing; Hard money; Bank, S&L, Credit Union management, corporate governance.

Advisors / Experts @MCS Associates National Expert Witness/Consulting Group

Tustin, California
Real Estate, Banking - Residential, commercial, construction, lending, appraisal, RESPA/TIL compliance, broker standards, escrow & title, property management
Banking, finance & real estate consulting group (est. 1973). Experts include lenders, mortgage brokers, mortgage bankers, RE. brokers, escrow & title officers, developers, property managers, consultants, appraisers, economists and accountants. Lending / finance, RE brokerage, Compliance, Purchase / sale /leasing transactions, Homeowner association management, Foreclosure, Economic analysis, valuations & damages assessment.

Bill Burch

San Marcos, California
Real Estate, Banking - Mortgage Lending, Standard of Care, Compliance, TILA/RESPA Regulation, Disclosure, HAMP/Modification, Foreclosure, Underwriting, Residential, Loan Servicing, Real Estate/Mortgage Fraud, CA BRE/NMLS Licensing
I have been in the mortgage industry for 28 years, serving as a loan officer, branch manager, and area vice president. During this time, I have developed a strong base of knowledge of many areas of the mortgage industry. On the origination end, this includes application, disclosure, processing, underwriting, appraisal, & funding. On the servicing end, this includes payment servicing, modification, HAMP, and foreclosure. I am able to study a case file quickly and thoroughly, and establish a defensible opinion. My writing skills yield a strong written report. And, my public speaking and discussion skills present well in deposition and trial.

John J. D'Andrea, Ph.D. Realty Solutions

San Rafael, California
Real Estate, Banking - damages, mortgages/lending, Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), loan underwriting, sub-prime lending, foreclosures/workouts, real estate syndications/limited partnerships, real estate development, appraisals-real estate, due diligence-loans and properties, forensic economics, real estate brokerage
Dr. D'Andrea has been involved in real estate consulting, finance, investment, management, development, and/or brokerage for more than 25 years. His clients have included investment banks, institutional investors and some of the largest financial institutions and most prestigious law firms in the country. His broad range of experience in property and portfolio analysis, real estate finance, business strategies, and forecasting provide a strong foundation for his expert witness practice. Dr. D’Andrea is a seasoned expert, having provided trial and deposition testimony, reports and declarations. Dr. D'Andrea's expertise has been particularly beneficial to counsel when engaged either pre-litigation or in its early stages. He has assisted in succinct evaluation of case merits, reviewing documents for key provisions, discovery requests, examination preparation prior to and during depositions, and settlement negotiations.

Joffrey Long Southwest Mortgage

Granada Hills, California
Banking, Real Estate - mortgage, mortgage lending, hard money, hard money lending in the real estate industry, private money, private money lending in the real estate industry, loan servicing, trust deed investments, title insurance, trust deeds
Primarily active (since 1981) making, arranging, and servicing loans for investment, in hard money lending or "private money lending" /institutional lending. Expert witness consultation and testimony provided in State and Federal courts, arbitration proceedings, and depositions. Past President, Education Chair, present Member, Education Committee, California Mortgage Association, the trade association for the private / hard money lending industry. Teaching/speaking experience as instructor for loan origination, loan brokerage, and loan servicing seminars / classes, for the California Mortgage Association, California Association of Mortgage Professionals, National Association of Mortgage Brokers, Park University Enterprises, and seminars provided by Southwest Mortgage. Author of seminars/programs regarding loan origination, loan brokerage, loan servicing, lender, broker, loan servicer licensing, trust deed investments for private investors in hard money lending. Expert witness...

Doug Minor Easy Credit Relief Inc.

Westlake Village, California
Credit Reporting, Banking - Consumer Credit Reporting, Credit Scores, Mortgage Lending, Credit Damage Assessment, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Divorce, FCRA, FICO, Identity Theft, Credit Reporting Practices, Damages Caused by Credit Report Inaccuracies, Wrongful Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Breach of Contract
As the Founder / President of Easy Credit Relief, Inc., Doug focuses on helping and teaching people how to understand the credit reporting system and manage their personal finances. Showing them the best ways to use credit, maximize their score and save money. Doug has spent over 30 years reviewing and analyzing personal credit reports and financial profiles of individuals. Having a pragmatic disposition as well a broad base of experience in business, credit, real estate, mortgage and personal finance he has the unique knowledge, academics and real life experience to assess credit damages. He has been an expert in over 100 cases and performed training classes to audiences of all levels of sophistication including Professional Groups, Lenders, CEO’s, and Consumers. As an expert in credit related damages, mortgage lending, credit reporting, and scoring, he serves as a litigation consultant/expert witness for those involved in credit reporting, credit scoring, credit damages as well a...

Thomas M. Neches, CPA, ABV, CVA, CFE, CFF Thomas Neches & Co., LLP

Los Angeles, California
Business Damages, Accounting - CPA expert witness, forensic accounting, damages, business valuation, lost profits, reasonable royalty, alter ego, intellectual property, wrongful termination, wrongful death, breach of contract, lender liability,banking, entertainment, insurance, manufacturing, retail, securities, wholesale.
Thomas Neches, managing partner of Thomas Neches & Company LLP, provides accounting, financial, business valuation and statistical analyses to assist attorneys involved in litigation. Mr. Neches has testified as an expert in state and federal courts in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New York and Oregon. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified Valuation Analyst, a Certified Fraud Examiner and is Certified in Financial Forensics. He received his BA in Mathematics and Literature from UC San Diego and his MS in Operations Research from UCLA. Mr. Neches has testified to juries on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust, breach of contract, fraud, intellectual property, lender liability, personal injury and wrongful termination cases. Examples of the litigation issues he has addressed include lost profits, lost business value, determining a reasonable royalty and piercing the corporate veil. Representativ...

Charles E. Holmes 180 Financial, LLC

Boulder, Colorado
Banking, Financial - Lending and Collections, Workout Expert, Lending Practices and Procedures, Consideration, Compliance with Bank Agreements, Improper Collection Methods, Good Faith Issues, Disclosure, Hidden Assets and Liabilities, Credit Underwriting
Charles Holmes started his career with the U.S. Treasury Department and moved to the other side as a commercial banker. He co-founded two de novo banks in Boulder, Co. The first was started in 1995, went public in 1999, and recently sold to an out of state bank. In 2011, he started another bank which sold in 2016. Both banks had rapid growth and success. Holmes spent much of his banking career managing credit issues and collection efforts. He was chairman of loan committee approving up to $12Million per credit relationship. He has been involved in structuring and collecting relationships up to $25million. Holmes took great pride in working through the collection issues and learned firsthand the pitfalls banks and borrowers make when trying to protect themselves under stressful situations. The outcome can often be a material conflict where one side, or both, act improperly. His hands-on experience these past 40 years has made him an excellent and confident expert witness. He has be...

Chuck N. Schilke, JD George Washington University Business School

Washington, District Of Columbia
Real Estate, Public Health - Arbitration, Mediation, Architecture, Banking, Construction, Economics, Education, Schools, Environmental, Financial, Hotel, Restaurant, Legal, Management, Securities, Investments

Lea Anne Groover Groover Law

Orlando, Florida
Banking, Financial - professional fiduciary, trust administration, probate administration, fiduciary duty, complex estate plans, executor
Lea Anne Groover possesses over 30 years of experience in fiduciary, legal, wealth management, business, and personal finance services. She is recognized for her exceptional proficiency in estate planning, trust administration, and fiduciary litigation support. Ms. Groover most recently served as the Vice President and Senior Fiduciary Advisor for PNC Bank in Orlando. During her tenure, she was responsible for engaging in fiduciary decision making by executing the terms of any plan or document in which PNC served as trustee. She successfully managed complex, litigious relationships involving various assets, multiple internal departments, and outside counsel. Before joining PNC Bank in 2017, Ms. Groover acted as an Attorney with Shuffield, Lowman, and Wilson. Prior to this position, she held an executive officer position at Seaside National Bank & Trust, a de novo bank, as Chief Fiduciary Officer, where she developed policies and procedures by working with the Office of the Compt...

Charles W Ranson Charles W. Ranson Consulting, Inc.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Banking, Securities & Investments - Trust & Estates, Fiduciary Duty, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Prudent Investor Rule, Asset Management, Investment Management, Private Equity, Credit Products, Risk Management Derivatives, Corporate Fiduciaries, Family Offices, Alternative Investments, Multi-Family Offices, Trustee Fee Determination
As an expert witness, Ranson applies 35+ years of wealth management experience for attorneys with clear, concise, unbiased insight into complex issues in dispute between financial institutions, trustees, beneficiaries and investors. Ranson’s expertise includes national/regional banks offering private banking, trust and investment products regulated by the OCC, individual trustees, entrepreneurs, ultrahigh net worth investors and family offices. Go to www.charleswranson.com to view a video clip of Ranson.

William (Bill) J. Abernathy, Jr. Abernathy Bank Consulting, LLC (ABC)

Atlanta, Georgia
Banking, Financial - Bank Analysis, Banking Law & Regulation, Banking Industry Standards, Board & Management Responsibilities, Governance, Bank Policy & Procedures, Regulation & Supervision, Contract Disputes, BSA/AML, Fraud, Ponzi Scheme, Credit Policy & Administration
Bill Abernathy is CEO, Expert Witness & Executive Consultant for Abernathy Bank Consulting, LLC (ABC). ABC provides services across a broad spectrum and specializes in assisting Attorneys as an Expert Witness in Litigation. As a Banking Expert Witness, Mr. Abernathy works closely with Retaining Counsel and brings his broad base of Regulatory & Banking Expertise to the case. He has a successful track record as Expert Witness utilizing strong Expert Analysis & Written Reports and effective Depositions. Bill has worked with Plaintiffs & Defendants in Federal & State Court Cases with NO Daubert Issues. Bill has had a long (45 years) and varied career as a federal bank regulator, senior-level banker (Chief Risk Officer), and bank consultant. He served in six different District Senior Management positions with the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). His OCC roles included serving as Assistant Deputy Comptroller (#2 Executive) for the 9 Southeastern states. He also led superv...

Jonathan Stern, MBA, M.Arch, LEEP AP, PMP Cornerstone Real Estate Consulting

Baltimore, Maryland
Real Estate, Financial - banking, financial analysis, underwriting, asset management, debt, equity, real property, valuation, development, construction, architecture
Jonathan Stern is an expert in real estate financial analysis, economic feasibility, and development planning - having worked and consulted on projects valued at up to $500 million for global developers, private investors, Fortune 500 companies, national financial institutions and public agencies. Mr. Stern has worked as a commercial real estate loan officer with Bank of America, real estate strategist at global architecture and engineering firms, and capital projects manager for the U.S. Federal government. Mr. Stern has dual MBA / Master of Architecture degrees from Washington University (in St. Louis) and is uniquely positioned to opine and advise clients on matters relating to the development feasibility of real estate projects, as well as the economic impacts, financing, investment returns and industry standards. Notably, Mr. Stern provided expert witness services and testimony to nationally renowned DC-based law firm Covington & Burling, in 2018 and 2019, providing expert...

Michael F Richards

Manhattan, Montana
Banking, Fraud - Bank Practices and Procedures, Banking Industry Standards, Bank Operations, Bank Policies, Bank Regulations and Law, Lending, Lender Liability, Loan Documentation, Bankruptcy, Bank Fraud, Commercial Real Estate and Mortgages, Bank Credit Administration and Credit Policy Issues.
Mr. Richards has more than 34 years of banking experience in all aspect of banking. His experience as a Founder, President, and Director of two De-novo banks and heading up a work-out department for a regional bank give the client and attorney a behinds the scene understanding of banks. He has extensive experience in lending, lender liability, banking operations, regulatory oversight, policies, procedures, documentation, and standards of banking practice. In 2009 he began his consulting and expert witness career, serving both plaintiffs and defendants. He has qualified and testified at trial in state and federal courts as an expert witness. He has also testified as an expert witness in a white collar federal criminal case. He serves clients nationally and has represented clients in 38 states since beginning his expert witness career. He has been retained in over 120 cases as an expert witness.

Peter W. Leibundgut, Esq. PD&J Associates, LLC

Marlton, New Jersey
Banking, Financial - Banking, loans, contract disputes, commercial and consumer finance, mortgages, derivatives, lender liability, legal malpractice, public finance, fraud, bankruptcy, debtor and creditor's rights, banking regulations, lending compliance, bank policies and procedures.
Peter has thirty years of transactional, public and private commercial and real estate finance, legal and bank consulting experience. He serves as an expert in cases involving public, commercial and real estate financing transactions. He provides litigation support in cases involving contract disputes and complex public and commercial finance matters centering on debtor and creditor rights. Based upon his experience representing banks, finance companies, borrowers, investors and public entities in conventional and innovative financings, Peter provides litigation support and expert services in contract disputes, commercial and residential real estate, lender liability, legal malpractice, public finance, complex lending and credit facilities, and financial fraud cases. His experience spans thirty years of due diligence, structuring, closing and restructuring public and commercial financial transactions on behalf of lenders; county, state and federal authorities and issuers;...

Gerald M. Levy, MAI, CRE, FRICS Gerald M. Levy & Co. LLC

New York, New York
Real Estate, Banking - Real Estate Lending, Construction Lending, Loan Underwriting, Ground Lease Disputes, Commercial Lease Disputes, Corporate Real Estate, Partial/Fractional Interests, Standard of Care, Fraud Analysis, Risk Analysis, Restructurings/Workouts, Litigation Support, Expert Witness, Arbitrator, Mediator.
Mr. Levy was Managing Director, Real Estate Finance Group, Chase Manhattan Bank. He has had transactional and managerial responsibility for real estate and construction lending in every region of the United States; commercial banking; underwriting; valuation and consulting; urban development; leasing, property acquisition and disposition; loan restructurings and workouts; and asset management, leasing, and sale of foreclosed real estate assets. He served as senior member of the Credit Committee. Mr. Levy was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Real Estate and Corporate Services Division of Chemical Bank. He supervised real estate and construction activities in forty countries in Middle East, Africa, Asia, and North/South America and in thirty five American States. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Merritt & Harris, a national real estate and construction consulting firm. Previously, he was Director of Valuation and Consulting for the Alexander Summer Co., a full ...

Nancy D Terrill, MBA, CTP Inglewood Associates

Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Banking, Business Damages - lender liability, foreclosure, banking standards, banking regulation, bankruptcy, receivership, fiduciary duty, fraud, insolvency, mergers and acquisition due diligence, quality of earnings, valuation and damages
Nancy D. Terrill is a former Banking Executive with over twenty-five years of progressive lending and management responsibility with a regional bank and a money center bank. Her Banking expertise was built in Commercial Lending. Ms. Terrill spent 15 of her 25 year banking career in the Special Assets Division working on resolution of the problem loan portfolio. During that time, she was involved in hundreds of litigation matters including foreclosure and other collection litigation, bank fraud matters and lender liability cases. She progressed to the level of National Manager of the Special Assets Division of KeyBank NA where she had management responsibility over 130 employees serving a loan portfolio of $3 billion at the peak. Since then she has worked for a major public accounting firm (transaction due diligence work) and Turnaround/Restructuring firms, providing consulting advice to underperforming companies. In addition, over the past 10 years since leaving banking, Ms. Te...

Howard B Brownstein, CTP The Brownstein Corporation

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Business Operations, Business Valuation - Bankruptcy, Distress, Turnaround Management, Crisis Management, Restructuring, Corporate Governance, Banking, Finance, Investment Banking, Lending
Howard Brownstein is a nationally-known turnaround and crisis management professional, and is the President of The Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services to companies and their stakeholders, as well as investment banking services, fiduciary services, and litigation consulting, investigations and valuation services. He has extensive experience in valuing businesses, obtaining financing, and selling businesses. He serves as Financial Advisor to Debtors, lenders and Creditor Committees in bankruptcy proceedings, and as a litigation expert in several cases including the landmark Merry-Go-Round bankruptcy. Mr. Brownstein served as Chief Restructuring Officer in U.S. Mortgage, a $138 million mortgage fraud, and as Plan Administrator in Montgomery Ward LLC, the largest retail liquidation in history. Mr. Brownstein regularly serves as an independent corporate board member for publicly-held and privately-owned companies, as well as large no...

Gary Stoley Gary Stoley Credit Risk Advisory Services

Trafford, Pennsylvania
Banking - Credit Risk Evaluation, underwriting, forensic loan fraud, lending policy and procedures, commercial real estate, working capital line of credit, asset based and secured financing, indirect auto, home equity, mortgage, foreclosure, collections, regulator enforcement actions, board governance.
My background includes 33 years as a federal regulator, five additional years as a contractor with that regulator, six years of consulting with banks and credit unions and two years as an expert witness. I specialize in evaluation of credit risk and credit related functions. I have extensive experience in community banks and credit unions, mid size banks, and considerable experience in the largest banks in the country. I am available for credit/lending related expert witness work in the menu of items listed above. This includes the cradle to grave life cycle of credit: Policy, procedures, staffing/expertise, underwriting, credit administration, risk management, reporting/MIS, problem loan management/collections, foreclosure/repossession and collateral/appraisal management. I am experienced in forensic credit related fraud identification, investigation/documentation, referrals to FBI/DOJ/OCC authorities and depositions. I have extensively evaluated internal audit and Credit Risk (Lo...

Stephen M McGurl McGurl Risk Advisors LLC

Midlothian, Virginia
Banking, Real Estate - Real Estate - Financing,Trustee MBS, Underwriting - Credit, Due Diligence, Banking operations, Fraud, loan administration, Mortgage Banking, Foreclosures, Default Servicing, Trade Secrets, HECM - Reverse
Steve has worked with Federal Agencies on MBS litigation. Experienced in writing reports, supporting testifying experts as well as deposition. He has reviewed thousands of loans for litigation support in MBS - Trustee cases. He has over 35 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry. As a Managing Director in the Financial Services space, his primary focus has been providing solutions in the Compliance & Fair Lending and Controls for Banks, Credit Unions and mortgage lenders. He has been an Executive in Operations, Sales, Credit and Account Management at several Top Ten Lenders. He has owned a mortgage company and started another mortgage company in relocation mortgage services. He understands what is involved in building and operating a business on a daily basis. Previously, Steve was the Chief Operating Officer of Main Street Mortgage and Investment Corporation. In this Executive role, Steve was involved with the bank management on the key decisions for making the bus...

Jason Koontz, CRC JD Koontz, LLC

Charleston, West Virginia
Banking, Real Estate - commercial loans, residential mortgages, mortgage loan servicing, predatory lending, truth in lending, RESPA, debt collection, underwriting, consumer protection, USPAP compliance, appraisal review, operations, foreclosures, disclosure, diligence, lender liability
Former Senior Vice President with over 20 years of lending, cash management, and bank operations experience. Vast hands-on experience in bank lending practices, deposit accounts, and matters involving residential real estate and mortgage loan servicing. Certified Residential Appraiser. Certified in credit risk. Extensive, coast-to-coast, experience as an expert witness (retained in over 175 matters). Expert witness engagements have involved commercial loans, residential mortgages, predatory lending, debt collection, underwriting, consumer protection, fraud, truth in lending, lender liability, mortgage loan servicing, deposit accounts, residential property valuation, and USPAP compliance. Clients include individuals, small business owners, mortgage loan servicers, and some of the largest lenders in the US. Experienced in both state and federal cases (including class actions). Extensive testifying experience at deposition and trial.
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