Expert 454719 - AZ CA(N) CA(S) GA NV


Expertise Description

I have more than 30 years experience as a business executive with expertise in corporate officer, corporate governance, and Trustee matters. I have held profit and loss executive management positions with two Fortune 100 Corporations and have held C Suite positions in closely held, family owned, small, and mid cap businesses. Areas of focus include solution implementation/business process reengineering, succession planning and implementation, implementation of change, including technology change, and growth strategies in partnerships, family owned and closely held businesses. I have specific expertise in procurement and supply chain operations, vendor and supplier issues, crisis management, and business operations. I am a Licensed Professional Fiduciary with Court appointments as a Trustee, Special Needs Trustee, Estate Administrator and Conservator. I have been retained as an expert in Trustee malfeasance, breach of fiduciary duty, elder financial abuse and other Probate Court related matters. I have given expert testimony in complex business disputes and breach of fiduciary duty cases and before legislative and governmental entities. I have over 10 years expert witness experience including expert consultation, case strategy, deposition, and Federal and Superior Courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise


Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes franchise operator’s dispute with franchisor, business partnership dispute and dissolution concerning division of assets, business decisions and authority to make business decisions; breach of fiduciary duty, fiduciary bad conduct review; trustee financial wrong doing, malfeasance, self dealing; heir dispute in a family owned business; and, corporate governance with corporate officer responsibilities and duties.


Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes the review and husbanding of Trust assets, analysis of Trustee actions, review of asset distribution, asset and stock portfolio review and management, change implementation from volatile high risk to low risk institutionally managed; analysis of supplier, vendor vs. client dispute over product and service deliverables, and documentation of interstate business transactions by corporate officers.


Professional Experiences

I have held the role of principal in charge for numerous sensitive internal investigations including for investors, corporate boards, special committees, governmental and oversight agencies. I have functioned in numerous high level/C Suite, sensitive, and confidential environments that required discretion, and at the same time thoroughness in data gathering and analysis. Some engagements have required investigations for alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, alleged accounting irregularities, fraud, misconduct, or violations of government contract regulations. Other internal investigations have centered on issues of profit and loss, market penetration, and development of infrastructure for growth or expansion, merger or acquisition, or preparation for sale. I have made independent assessments and recommendations to clients in crisis management situations. In some turnaround circumstances as well as ‘explosive growth’ environments I have assumed interim C level positions. Part of my corporate philosophy is recognition that early and aggressive crisis management can enhance a corporation's credibility with enforcement officials, investors, employees and customer/clients. Proper crisis management in many cases may eliminate or mitigate the corporation's and corporate officers’ exposure. I have been the principal in charge of a team implementing change management solutions that has included the structuring of Boards for technology and manufacturing firms. I have advised CEO’s on a variety of governance issues including responsibilities to minority shareholders and equity partners and intelligent risk management.


Relevant Experiences

My areas of expertise include breach of fiduciary duty and complex business disputes. I can competently opine on the subject of buyer and seller business agent and broker responsibility.

I have reviewed, analyzed, and performed due diligence on business ‘sell offers’ and have assisted in the preparation of counter offers. I have presented as a panelist and speaker on the subject of buying privately owned or closely held businesses. I have also, in such forums, discussed the topic of the use of business brokers or agents.


Education

Degree Subject Institution
Ph.D. Policy Analysis and Public Finance USC
M.P.A. Policy Analysis/Organizational Development USC
M.P.A. Urban Planning/Educational Development UCLA
B.A. Political Science UCLA

Licenses Certifications

California Licensed Professional Fiduciary (CLPF)

Awards & Affiliation

Professional Fiduciary Association of California
National Association of Women Business Owners Business Award
NAACP Women of Achievement Award

Primary Affiliation

Professional Fiduciary Association of California



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