Decosimo Litigation Support Specialists Mike Costello & Sharon Hamrick to Present at LCA Fall Conference

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Decosimo announces that Mike Costello and Sharon Hamrick with Decosimo Advisory Services will be serving as featured presenters at the Litigation Council of America’s 2014 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows. With Marion Walker of Fisher & Phillips, LLP, Mr. Costello and Ms. Hamrick will present “Forensic Analysis of Financial Statements: Anything Look Odd to You?”

Mr. Costello and Ms. Hamrick will explore many of the key items and relationships litigation attorneys should be considering during their review of financial statements and financial data in general.

Decosimo, a Top 100 accounting and business advisory firm, announced that Mike Costello and Sharon Hamrick with Decosimo Advisory Services will be serving as featured presenters at the Litigation Council of America’s 2014 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows, which will take place October 8-10. With Marion Walker of Fisher & Phillips, LLP on the final morning of the conference, Mr. Costello and Ms. Hamrick will present “Forensic Analysis of Financial Statements: Anything Look Odd to You?,” providing a discussion of the critical process of thoroughly examining and understanding financial statements, tax returns and related financial data received through discovery.

As part of their presentation, Mr. Costello and Ms. Hamrick will explore many of the key items and relationships litigation attorneys should be considering during their review of financial statements and financial data in general. They also plan to share some tips for identifying potential red flags during the examination of financial information.

Mr. Costello serves on the board and is a principal with Decosimo, of which Decosimo Advisory Services is a division. He is also a managing principal of Decosimo Corporate Finance, LLC, a mid-market investment bank specializing in sell-side advisory services which is a member firm of FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)/SIPC. Mr. Costello is a certified public accountant (CPA), accredited in business valuation (ABV), certified in financial forensics (CFF), an accredited senior appraiser (ASA), a certified fraud examiner (CFE), and a consultant with more than 30 years of training and experience in business valuations, forensic accounting, business acquisitions and divestitures, exit planning, and related fields. Mr. Costello’s experience includes extensive consulting work and testimony in tax, accounting, financial, economic, and business issues of commercial litigation, with emphasis on business valuation, economic damage and forensic accounting issues. He also provides expert testimony in personal injury, wrongful death and wrongful termination litigation.

Ms. Hamrick, who holds CPA, CFF and CFE designations, serves as the Director of Litigation Support for the Decosimo Advisory Services practice. She is devoted to the practice areas of commercial litigation support, consulting and forensic accounting. Ms. Hamrick has extensive experience in financial analysis and preparation of expert reports for state and federal courts, especially related to litigation involving contract disputes, breach of contract, manufacturing and supply disputes, wrongful termination, personal injury and wrongful death. She has provided litigation consultation services to both plaintiff and defendant attorneys in these matters. Through her work in forensic accounting, Ms. Hamrick has developed internal control assessments and suggested improvements for strengthening those controls, especially to not-for-profit organizations. She has investigated allegations of fraud in numerous businesses including manufacturing, check-cashing and medical practices.

Hosted by the Litigation Council of America, the October 2014 edition of this bi-annual conference has been designed for Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America to enhance their already superior trial skills, to address practical issues and topics challenging litigators in today’s changing legal environment, and to afford each individual the opportunity to hear from and interact with some of North America’s finest trial and appellate lawyers. Participants will be provided with many of the necessary tools for continued success and expertise in trial techniques, evidence presentation, courtroom technology, case evaluations, negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and marketing.

About Decosimo
Decosimo is perennially ranked as a Top 100 accounting and business advisory services firm. Decosimo is a regional firm with offices in nine geographic locations in the United States and the Cayman Islands, with approximately 300 professionals and staff. Each of Decosimo's offices provides a full range of accounting and advisory services to a wide array of industries. Additionally, Decosimo is an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited. With over 300 firms with a total of 667 offices across 105 countries, Moore Stephens and Decosimo provide clients with access to significant resources and expertise comparable to Big Four firms.

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