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Leonore Ralston, CFE, CAMS

Leonore Ralston, CFE, CAMS

Consulting Expert

Leonore Ralston is a Bates Consulting Expert who provides support to complex litigation matters, pre-litigation preparation, and fraud investigations. Based in San Francisco, Ms. Ralston performs detailed analyses of financial evidence for various types of matters, including alleged FLSA and California wage-and-hour violations, breach of contract claims, lost profits and lost earnings claims, and fraud prevention and investigation. She has worked as both a consulting and testifying expert and has led fraud investigations resulting in federal prosecution.

Ms. Ralston’s primary area of focus is wage-and-hour matters involving both public agencies and private employers. She has assisted public employers (and their counsel) throughout California evaluate whether or not their compensation practices are compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and/or provisions of employee contracts, so they can have sufficient information to respond to employee grievances/complaints, prepare for labor negotiations, or prepare for litigation. She also provides expert consulting services involving the calculation of potential unpaid wages and penalties related to overtime, meal and rest break violations, travel time, off-the-clock time, minimum wage violations, and expense reimbursement.

Ms. Ralston is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a credential which denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence. She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Prior to joining Bates, Ms. Ralston was an Associate with OnPoint Analytics and served as Manager of the Litigation Consulting and Forensic Accounting team at one of the largest accounting firms in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Leonore is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:



Bates Group LLC, Consulting and Testifying Expert, San Francisco, CA, 2022 - Present
Bates Group LLC, Managing Consultant, San Francisco, CA, 2018 - 2022
OnPoint Analytics, Associate, Emeryville, CA, 2016 - 2018
DZH Phillips LLP, Manager, Litigation Support and Forensic Accounting Practice, San Francisco, CA, 2013 - 2016
Hemming Morse, LLP, Senior Associate, Forensic Consulting Services Group, San Francisco, CA,
2012 - 2013
Hemming Morse, Inc., Associate, Forensic Consulting Services Group, San Francisco, CA, 2007 - 2011


Bachelor of Arts (BA), Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, 2021

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 2015


Wage-and-Hour Disputes: Working with Consultants and Testifying Experts, Oregon State Bar, June 2022
Introduction to Analyzing Wage-and-Hour Claims, Bar Association of San Francisco, March 2016