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A. Christine (Chris) Davis is a Bates Testifying Expert. She 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 30 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 focused on litigation support and forensic accounting. Prior to founding Financial Evidence Group, Chris held numerous leadership positions as a partner or managing director at CPA and consulting firms. In addition to being a CPA in California, New York, and the District of Columbia, she holds credentials in financial forensics and business valuation.
Chris has been appointed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the premier national association of Certified Public Accountants in the United States with more than 428,000 members in 130 countries, to serve as an active member of the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Credential Committee. As one of only nine members in this vital credentialing Committee, Chris considers this appointment both an honor and a privilege.
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. Chris is also a volunteer resource for the AICPA's forensic and valuation staff by assisting in developing continuing education programs.
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.
Financial Evidence Group, A CPA Firm, Founder and President, San Francisco, CA, November 2020 - Present
Bates Group LLC, San Francisco, CA, 2020 – Present; Affiliate Expert, November 2020 – Present; Managing Director of Forensic Accounting, Economic Damages & Financial Crimes and Member of the Firm, January 2020 – November 2020; Director of Forensic Accounting, Economic Damages & Financial Crimes, November 2018 – December 2019
OnPoint Analytics, Inc., Director of Forensic and Financial Accounting, Emeryville, CA, 2016-2018
DZH Phillips LLP, CPAs and Advisors, San Francisco, CA, Director and Partner in Charge of Forensic Accounting and Litigation Consulting, 2013-2016
StoneTurn, Managing Director, San Francisco, CA, 2012
Hemming Morse, LLP, Director, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Consulting, San Francisco, CA, 1997-2011
Banner Aerospace, Subsidiary Controller, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, 1995-1996
Coopers & Lybrand LLP, Auditor and Tax Accountant, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, 1994-1995
Burr, Pilger & Mayer, Auditor and Tax Accountant, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, 1993-1994
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Accounting, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants [AICPA] (#257) - 2008
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts [NACVA] (#041850) - 2008
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), AICPA - 2014
Arbitrator Certificate, Bar Association of San Francisco - 2015
Blockchain Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate, AICPA - 2019
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Member – Certified in Financial Forensics Credential Committee (9 members), Chair for the CFF Study Group Task Force; Member - Forensic and Valuation Services Section, Co-author for Continuing Professional Development pertaining to the following professional standards
National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), Member
Practising Law Institute (PLI), Co-Chair and faculty member, Pocket MBA: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals
Continuing Education of the Bar of California (CEB), CLE Speaker
Bates Group LLC, Affiliated Consulting and Testifying Expert
NERA Economic Consulting, Affiliated Industry Expert