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Pocket MBA 2020: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals

Speaker(s): A. Christine Davis, Bryan Ketroser, Dan Werner, Ph.D., Edward Longridge, Eric R. Goodman, Jennifer J. Carlson, Jeremy M. Weitz, Josette C. Ferrer, Julie R. F. Gerchik, Marvin G. Padilla, Matthew D. Harrison, Max Cranmer, Paul T. Llewellyn, Xavier Oustalniol
Recorded on: Sep. 21, 2020
PLI Program #: 279156

A. Christine (Chris) Davis is an accounting, financial, and economic damages expert in litigation and testifies in state and federal courts. She works with attorneys and their clients, businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies.

With 29 years of experience, Chris provides damages calculations, accounting expertise, and expert testimony by deposition and at trial on matters involving commercial damages such as lost profits, complex accounting analyses and the application of accounting and auditing standards, accountant malpractice, valuation methods and estimates, partnership disputes, and allegations of accounting and financial fraud. As a highly experienced forensic accountant, she is regularly retained to conduct internal investigations involving accounting and financial reporting matters and alleged financial improprieties. Chris has also been retained in connection with evaluating alleged wage and hour violations and quantifying potential unpaid wages.

Chris is the founder and president of Financial Evidence Group, a CPA Firm. Prior to founding Financial Evidence Group, Chris held numerous leadership positions as a partner or managing director at CPA and consulting firms providing litigation support, expert witness, and forensic accounting services. In addition to being a CPA in California, New York, and Oregon, she holds credentials in financial forensics and business valuation. Earlier in her career, she was a financial statement auditor and tax professional at two CPA firms, including a Big 6 firm. She is a published author and develops and teaches CLE programs for Practising Law Institute and Continuing Education of the Bar of California.

Whether testifying as an expert witness, presenting investigative findings, or teaching CLE courses, Chris’s primary goals are to be well-prepared, to inform, and to persuade. She excels at unraveling and explaining, in plain English, complicated financial analyses while efficiently instilling fundamental financial concepts. Having testified numerous times in federal and state courts, she has the frontline experience to successfully communicate her findings with clarity, objectivity, impact, and care.

Dr. Dan Werner is a CPA and Senior Consultant in NERA’s Intellectual Property Practice, where he provides economic, financial, and statistical analysis to support complex litigation. Dr. Werner has applied his expertise to matters involving economic damages, class certification, and valuation, among other areas. His has also provided expert witness testimony in cases involving allegations of false advertising, lost profits, lost wages, and fraud.

Dr. Werner’s consulting experience includes analyzing economic issues related to consumer fraud and false advertising, asset valuation, risk, business valuation, lost wages, financial liquidity and solvency, and anti-competitive behavior, among others. Dr. Werner has performed rigorous quantitative analysis in a wide range of industries, including consumer retail products, technology, energy and mining, agricultural and food processing, and real estate, among others.

Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Werner served as an economist at a boutique consulting firm in the San Francisco bay area and analyzed financial data while working at a Big 4 accounting firm. Dr. Werner has also conducted empirical academic research in the fields of applied microeconomics, presenting his work at several academic conferences and serving as a peer review referee for academic journal publications.

Edward Longridge is the Managing Director of Bates Group’s Financial Crimes practice, where he draws on nearly 20 years of experience as a financial services AML Compliance specialist. Mr. Longridge is an experienced professional with a distinguished background in global Financial Crimes policies, procedures and regulations. He has an established record implementing and managing AML programs, interacting with state and federal regulators, designing and conducting AML/KYC training, and protecting firm data privacy.

Prior to joining Bates, Mr. Longridge was Chief AML and Sanctions Officer at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. He was responsible for the firm’s Global AML and Sanctions Program, which covers all businesses in countries in which Oppenheimer conducts business. During his time at Oppenheimer, Mr. Longridge gained valuable experience working with FINRA and the SEC, leading a team that completely redesigned and overhauled the Global AML Program in the challenging period following FinCEN’s and the SEC’s enforcement actions against the firm.

Prior to Oppenheimer, Mr. Longridge was the Regional Lead of Citigroup’s OneKYC program for the Mexico and Latin America regions, which provides a globally consistent KYC policy and set of standards across all businesses, regions, and countries. He managed the implementation of the OneKYC program across Citi in Mexico and Latin America.

Mr. Longridge directed a team of 11 people as Head of AML Compliance for Deutsche Bank - Private Wealth Management (PWM Americas) in New York City, which covers the U.S. and Latin American Private Bank and the U.S. Private Client broker-dealer, DB Alex. Brown. He arrived at DB after two years as the Darwin Group team leader for Morgan Stanley. Based in London, the Darwin Group covered all Morgan Stanley booking companies: U.S., U.K., and Cayman books combining regulations issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.K. Financial Services Authority (FSA, now FCA) with the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) guidance notes. His client base included regulated, non-regulated, listed and non-listed corporations, LLCs, SPVs, trusts, PICs, and individuals.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Longridge was an Associate in Smith Barney - Citigroup’s Private Client Group, where he led their London-based KYC AML team. The group offered U.S. and pan-European equity, fixed income and commodities products to LLCs, trusts, PICs, and individuals for onshore and offshore clients. Mr. Longridge began his financial services career as a Private Client Services Analyst - French Desk in the London offices of U.S. investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, before the firm’s acquisition by Credit Suisse.

Eric R. Goodman is a Partner with Brown Rudnick LLP in Washington, DC. He practices in the areas of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy. Eric has represented creditors’ committees, national and international companies, federal banking regulators, debtors, secured lenders, and trade creditors in a broad range of matters, including Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, cross-border insolvency matters, and bankruptcy-related acquisitions.  He has significant litigation experience and has performed substantial work on matters involving insolvent financial institutions, mass tort bankruptcies, distressed automotive suppliers, intellectual property rights in bankruptcy, and the oil and gas industry.

Eric is a member of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers. He is also a contributing author to Inside the Minds: Creditors’ Rights in Chapter 11 Cases, 2012 ed., and the second edition of Bankruptcy Business Acquisitions, a comprehensive guide to selling and acquiring assets in bankruptcy. Eric has also authored several articles addressing the rights of creditors under the Bankruptcy Code and the Uniform Commercial Code.

Eric graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002.  Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, LLP, Eric was with Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked in the firm’s business restructuring and reorganization group. Eric began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable William T. Bodoh, Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Jeremy Weitz is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Weitz’s expertise covers mergers and acquisitions, private equity, publicly and privately traded securities, corporate maintenance and formation, corporate finance, and licensing. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including apparel, retail, beauty, food, entertainment, computer software, e-commerce, aerospace and defense, manufacturing, and investment banking that range in size from small start-ups to multi-billion dollar publicly traded corporations. Mr. Weitz routinely serves as outside general counsel for his corporate clients.

Mr. Weitz represents both buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Weitz’s mergers and acquisitions practice is focused on the middle market with transaction values ranging between $10 million up to $3 billion.

Mr. Weitz routinely lectures on mergers and acquisitions and the apparel industry. He has also served as a faculty lecturer for the Practising Law Institute where he has lectured on mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions.

Mr. Weitz is also Co-Chair of the Firm’s Consumer Products’ Industry Practice Group and former Chair of the Firm’s Apparel Industry Practice Group. Mr. Weitz’s apparel industry practice includes representation of manufacturers, importers and retailers. His experience in the apparel industry includes mergers and acquisitions, finance, commercial law, financial and business planning, licensing, copyright and trademark matters and corporate law.

In the community, Mr. Weitz is the former President and current Board Member of the Apparel Industries Group for the City of Hope. He has also served as both Dinner Chair and Fundraising Chair for this group. Mr. Weitz is also a past President and board member of The Professionals Club (formerly, the Textile Professionals Club or TPC) which is a networking group for professionals from a wide range of business backgrounds, including accountants, investment bankers, commercial bankers, lawyers, property agents and developers, financial advisors, and other professionals who serve the local business community.

Mr. Weitz was selected as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers from 2018 – 2019 and was also selected as a Southern California Rising Star from 2006 – 2008, 2013.

Josette Ferrer is the founder and a Managing Director of Clairent Advisors. Since 1993, Josette has been assisting clients with the valuation of closely held businesses and business interests, intangible assets, intellectual property, equity grants, debt instruments, capital equipment/fixed assets, and other assets.

Prior to founding Clairent Advisors, Josette was the U.S. Practice Leader of Marsh’s Valuation Services Group (formerly Kroll’s Valuation Services Practice). Her career includes serving as the Managing Director in charge of the San Francisco Valuation Services Group of WTAS, Inc. (now operating as Andersen). Prior to WTAS, Josette was a Director with Huron Consulting Group and a Senior Manager at Arthur Andersen LLP.

While Josette has extensive experience serving clients in many industries, areas of specialty include high technology, service companies, consumer products, manufacturing, financial services, and telecommunications. Her clients have ranged from small, emerging businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Josette has been a guest speaker for a wide variety of forums, including Financial Executives International, the Institute of Management Accountants, CalCPA, the American Society of Appraisers, and the San Francisco and Contra Costa Bar Associations.

Julie R. F. Gerchik is a partner in the Litigation Department at Glaser Weil. Ms. Gerchik litigates all types of complex commercial matters including financial institution matters, securities litigation and regulatory matters, real estate and developer disputes, entertainment, technology and IP matters matters. She has considerable experience in all aspects of motion practice, discovery, mediation and both trial and arbitration work in both federal and state court.

Ms. Gerchik represents major domestic and international financial institutions, private equity firms, hedge funds, financial advisory firms, and currently or has represented JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, the Carlyle Group and the Yucaipa Companies.

She also has successfully represented major real estate developers, as well as high profile film producers, film directors, film financing companies, video game companies, and other high profile individuals in the finance, real estate, and entertainment industries. Additionally, Ms. Gerchik has experience in litigating matters involving skilled nursing affiliates, the affordable housing industry, trade associations, the music industry, and other similar entities.

Over the course of Ms. Gerchik’s career she also has been involved in a wide range of pro bono matters, including supervising the Holocaust reparations project, drafting the Bill of Rights for a newly created government, leading the representation of a group of low-income individuals in a slumlord action and guardianship cases.

Prior to joining Glaser Weil, Ms. Gerchik practiced with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles for more than  decade. Ms. Gerchik is also a dual citizen of both the United States and Great Britain, and is admitted to both the California and New York bars.

Ms. Gerchik is the Founder and Chair of the Glaser Weil Diversity Committee, Chair of Litigation Department Recruiting, and a member of the Glaser Weil Pro Bono Committee. Ms. Gerchik is a member of the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association, is past Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council and a current member, and previously was appointed to the Los Angeles County Bar Access to Justice Committee. Additionally, Ms. Gerchik is a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. 

Marvin Padilla is the Head of Apparel & Retail at Intrepid. He has more than 17 years of experience advising entrepreneurs and middle-market companies on mergers and acquisitions transactions and other corporate finance activities. He has led transactions in a variety of industries including apparel, footwear, beauty and personal care, branded consumer products, plastics packaging, and automotive aftermarket products.

Prior to joining Intrepid, Marvin worked at the Sage Group, where he executed advisory assignments for clients in a variety of branded consumer market segments, with a particular focus on the apparel and personal care sector. Prior to joining Sage, he worked in the Los Angeles office of UBS Investment Bank, where he focused on M&A and restructuring transactions for companies in diverse industries. Previously, he was an investment banker in New York, where he worked for Salomon Smith Barney and, subsequently, Thomas Weisel Partners.

Marvin is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served as an infantry sergeant in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his free time, he loves to adventure and explore, from the beaches and rain forests of Costa Rica to the Red Fort in Old Delhi, as well as local hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Matthew D. Harrison is an Investment Manager responsible for Bentham’s San Francisco Bay Area operations. Prior to launching Bentham’s San Francisco office, Matt spent 15 years as a litigation associate and partner at Latham & Watkins, where his practice focused on representing clients in a wide variety of securities and M&A litigation matters, as well as complex commercial cases involving antitrust and competition, trade secrets, intellectual property, false advertising, and mass torts.

Matt earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he was Editor of the UCLA Law Review, and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.  He received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, with concentrations in finance and marketing. 

Max Cranmer specializes in providing financial analysis, valuation, and forensic accounting services related to complex commercial disputes. He has experience in economic consulting, business strategy, and corporate finance. He holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Mr. Cranmer has consulted for private clients, Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and major law firms. He has conducted many analyses related to damages claims, international tax and transfer pricing, intellectual property and business valuations, forensic accounting, and financial modeling. These engagements have covered numerous industries, including financial services, high technology, retail, construction, and healthcare.

Before joining BRG, Mr. Cranmer was a manager of strategic initiatives at one of the largest food and drug retailers in the US and also held positions in corporate finance and accounting. His broad foundation of practical knowledge allows him to contribute unique and innovative insights to each engagement.

Paul Llewellyn is an experienced civil litigator and trial lawyer.  He was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 40 lawyers in California under the age of 40, a group which, according to the selection panel, represents some of the best legal talent in the world.  Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, has named Paul as a California Litigation Star, a recognition reserved for the State’s top litigators.  The National Law Journal, one of the country’s leading legal publications, named Paul as an Elite Boutique Trailblazer, one of just 23 attorneys selected throughout the entire country.  And based on peer review and recognition, SuperLawyers named him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Northern California.

After earning his law degree from Oxford University, England, and after learning the art of advocacy at the Inns of Court School of Law in Temple, London, Paul honed his trial skills as a barrister, trying approximately one hundred cases to verdict as prosecuting counsel for the Crown.  After moving to California in 2001, Paul practiced at an elite Los Angeles litigation boutique—which twice won the highest verdict in California—and Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s premier international law firms.

This unique background and experience make Paul a highly sought-after litigator.  Clients in search of aggressive and effective representation turn to Paul again and again to resolve their most complex and sensitive legal issues, ranging from discrete issues and disputes to bet the company litigation.  He has secured recoveries of millions of dollars on behalf of plaintiffs, as well as significant defense victories.  And virtually unique among litigators and trial lawyers, Paul splits his practice approximately 50-50 on the plaintiff and defense side.

In addition to his business litigation practice, Paul has also earned a reputation as one of the country’s leading practitioners pursuing civil lawsuits on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse, including childhood sexual abuse.  In this field, he has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar recoveries on behalf of his clients, often overcoming significant statute of limitations hurdles.  These lawsuits have garnered both national and worldwide media attention, helping to bring about institutional change and raise community awareness, ultimately reducing the opportunity for future instances of sexual abuse.

Paul is a frequent speaker, lecturing regularly on all aspects of litigation practice and procedure.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he taught legal research and writing, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the British American Business Council and British Benevolent Society.  Paul remains a “door tenant” at his former barristers’ chambers in London, the equivalent to “of counsel” in the U.S. and remains qualified to practice law in England and Wales, as well as in California.

Xavier Oustalniol is a Partner with StoneTurn in San Francisco. He focuses on complex forensic accounting issues, fraud investigations and prevention, and anti-corruption matters, and provides consulting services regarding damages analysis, securities class action litigations, arbitrations, accountant malpractice and purchase price disputes, including providing expert testimony.

With over 25 years of experience as an auditor, forensic accountant and litigation consultant, Xavier has worked with clients across a wide range of industries, including FinTech, banks (mortgage, retail, investment), insurance companies, investment companies, and other securities broker / dealers, as well as automotive, aviation, real estate, technology, energy, food, luxury apparel, chemicals, electronic components, gaming, telecom, broadcasting, professional services partnerships (including law firms), leasing, consumer products, agricultural business, manufacturing and transportation. Xavier has also assisted clients including the government and public defenders dealing with Ponzi scheme issues, False Claims Act and Qui Tam cases.

Xavier has testified as an accounting expert on the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and other financial issues at trial, deposition and in arbitrations. He has authored expert reports, declarations and assisted with the preparation of experts for deposition and testimony. He also assisted counsel with deposition preparation of opposing experts and fact witnesses, and responses to Wells submissions.

He has assisted clients (debtors, creditors, trustees) in a number of bankruptcy-related litigations (including Enron, Lehman, Washington Mutual) and other accounting investigations, including during settlement negotiations and mediation.

Xavier has directed complex forensic accounting investigations for boards where regulators such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) were involved. He consulted on other cross-border disputes before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), involving companies in Europe, South and Central America and Japan.

Prior to joining StoneTurn, Xavier was with Alvarez & Marsal, where he served as a Managing Director in the firm’s Global Forensic and Dispute Services practice in San Francisco. Previously, he was with two other global professional services firms. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte.

Xavier is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in California and New York), Certified in Financial Forensics and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor. He is fluent in French.

As comfortable arguing to a jury as he is to an appellate panel, Bryan Ketroser concentrates his practice on securities litigation, complex commercial litigation and SEC investigations.  He represents technology companies, entrepreneurs, officers, directors, employees and shareholders in high-stakes matters in California, Delaware and other courts throughout the U.S.

Prior to joining Alto Litigation, Bryan was an associate in the litigation group of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and served as an Assistant District Attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Benchmark Litigation has recognized Bryan as a 2021 California Litigation Star and, before that, repeatedly included him in its “40 & Under Hot List.”  Bryan also has been selected to Super Lawyers for 2020 and 2021.


  • Yale Law School, (J.D., 2005)
    Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal
    Submissions Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review
  • Brandeis University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2002)
    East Asian Studies

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • SEC Investigations

Recent Publications

  • “10 Pitfalls For Shareholder Derivative Litigations,” Law360, November 16, 2018
  • “Demand Futility in the 9th Circuit,” Daily Journal, November 14, 2018

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Admissions:  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California’s federal district courts

Jen Carlson is a Corporate & Securities partner in Mayer Brown’s Northern California offices. She represents companies, investors, and underwriters in a wide variety of capital markets and finance transactions, including initial public, follow-on, and secondary equity offerings; investment grade, high yield, and convertible debt offerings; venture capital investments; and liability management transactions. Jen also represents buyers and sellers in tender offers, private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic transactions. In addition to her transactional practice, Jen counsels companies in securities law compliance, stock exchange listing requirements, fiduciary duties, and corporate governance matters.

Jen represents publicly-traded and private companies, as well as the institutions and individuals that finance them, across a wide range of industries, including Financial Services; Technology; Life Sciences; Insurance; Real Estate; Energy; Retail; and Hospitality and Leisure.

Before entering the legal profession, Jen had a career in the fields of biochemistry and genetics at Indiana University-Bloomington and Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, with published research in protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions.

Jen is named as a “Rising Star” in equity and debt capital markets by IFLR1000Legal500 has also recommended Jen in each of its capital markets categories: equity offerings, debt offerings, global offerings, and high yield debt offerings.