Jeff Neumeister is a well-educated and experienced forensic expert and consultant in accounting and financial advisory services. Small organizations, startups, holding entities, high-net-worth individuals, and middle market companies, directly and through their retained counsel, have relied upon Jeff to identify problems, uncover frauds, improve efficiencies and to initiate and defend against litigation. Over his 19 years of professional experience, he has worked in firms ranging in size from large international entities to smaller regional practices.
Jeff has been designated as an expert in multiple cases and has provided valuable deposition testimony for his clients. He has provided litigation advisory services to clients spanning a breadth of industries including construction, entertainment, health care, investments, information technology, professional services, retail, oil and gas, real estate, education, food and beverage, transportation, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing. Jeff has provided business valuations for litigation and non-litigation purposes. Jeff has also managed the financial due diligence process for both buy and sell transactions. Through the use of sophisticated analytic solutions, investigative techniques, and an understanding of accounting, he has found effective solutions for a range of clients' problems including those related to tax strategies, operational efficiencies, and internal controls.
Outside of his time servicing clients, Jeff faciliates the professional development of future and current accountants as an adjunct professor and chair of the accounting department at Woodbury University. In his free time, he also enjoys participating in distance events (e.g. marathons and triathlons) and has recently participated in the 2017 Marathon Des Sables, which is ~150-mile run through the Sahara desert. He next plans to take on a similar race through the Amazon rainforest.
Mr. Kaplan has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of forensic accounting, business valuation and litigation consulting. He the principal of Kaplan Forensics, Forensic Valuation Consultants, headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA.
He has rendered services in numerous litigation matters, including business litigation, professional malpractice matters, fraud and embezzlement, intellectual property, marital dissolution, loss of earnings, employment matters, and partner and shareholder disputes. He is called upon regularly to testify in court as an expert witness. Mr. Kaplan has also served as a court appointed expert and accounting referee.
Mr. Kaplan is actively involved in the educational field. He has served on the faculty of the Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences for attorneys, accountants, and valuation professionals. He has also served on the faculty of the National Judicial College. Mr. Kaplan has developed and presented continuing education programs in financial and management accounting, economic damages, forensic accounting, business valuation, expert communications, and the CPA's role in litigation. He has authored publications in the areas of Business Valuation, Economic Damages, Litigation Practice Marketing, Valuation Practice Management, and Expert Testimony.
Mr. Kaplan is a principal member of the training development team of the Consultants' Training Institute. Mr. Kaplan is the recipient of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) Magna Cum Laude Award, NACVA’s Circle of Light Award (the highest distinction awarded to NACVA instructors), Instructor of the Year Award, and Instructor of Exceptional Distinction.
Education has been a primary focus of Michael Kaplan's professional career. He has served on university faculties for more than 24 years, the most recent being at his alma mater, the University of Southern California.
Mr. Kaplan is managing member of Courtroom Boot Camp, LLC, where he is actively involved in the development and presentation of continuing education programs for attorneys and forensic experts.
Mr. Kaplan is actively involved in the development and presentation of continuing education programs for the valuation, legal and accounting professions through Consultants' Training Institute.
This license is issued by state boards of accountancy and allows for the licensed individual to practice public accounting. Licensing requires a bachelor's degree, at least 150 college credits, passage of four examinations, and continuing education.
This certification is awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to CPAs that have passed the ABV examination and accumulated sufficient experience in valuations services.
The AICPA grants this certification to qualified CPAs who have completed forensics education, have at least 1,000 hours of professional experience in forensic accounting, and successfully passed the CFF examination.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world's largest anti-fraud organization, with over 80,000 members. To become a CFE, individuals must meet educational requirements and have at least 2 years of professional experience in the detection/deterrence of fraud.
This credential is awarded to individuals with knowledge and experience in case management, evidence collection, and testimony/report preparation. Those who earn the PCI are board certified in investigations through ASIS International, a global leader in security management.
Passage of the CMA exam ensures competency is 11 vital areas of financial reporting, planning, performance, control and decision making.
Started in 2017 through IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), the CSCA is a specialty credential designed to reinforce and enhance strategic planning and competitive analysis - skills vital to management accounting professionals. This certification is only offered to CMA holders.
Offered through NACVA (National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts), the MAFF credential is awarded to professionals who have proven (via education, extensive experience, and testing) their ability to provide trusted financial litigation support services to individuals in the legal and business communities. Maintenance of this designation requires ongoing membership with NACVA and tri-annual recertification.
Valuation is a complex, lengthy process requiring a high degree of skill and expertise. As the only valuation credential accredited by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies), the CVA designation sets your valuation professional apart from the pack. Professionals who have achieved this level of certification have completed rigorous training and testing. CVAs have proven their ability to treat each individual case as unique in its own right, providing careful and thorough analysis across a multitude of factors, and finally selecting and applying the appropriate methodology of valuation.
Mergers and acquisitions are significant undertakings that require the careful guidance of an expert advisor. Offered through the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, the CM&AA credential builds on existing skills of business valuation, tax implications, market trends, due diligence, and growth strategy – knowledge that is essential to meet the needs of buyers and sellers in today’s complex business landscape.
The CGMA is a new professional accounting designation (started in 2012 and offered through AICPA) which distinguishes professionals who have proven advanced knowledge of finance, operations, strategy and management.
CPAs who earn the CITP credential have successfully demonstrated technical expertise and the ability to navigate through a diverse range of the technological aspects of business.
A notary public is a state government appointed official who is entrusted to serve the public as an impartial witness and deter fraud in the signing of important documents.
A Certified Acceptance Agent is a person or an entity (business or organization) who, pursuant to a written agreement with the IRS, is authorized to assist individuals and other foreign persons who do not qualify for a Social Security Number but who still need a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to file a Form 1040 and other tax schedules.
QuickBooks is the most widely used software by small businesses. Passage of the advanced certification exam qualifies the accountant in more complex transactions and advanced features to assist a wider client base.
Our team has graduate education in a range of disciplines including degrees conferred in accounting, management, and criminal justice.
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