The AGP Litigation Support team provides valuable services to attorneys as financial experts. Our team provides a wealth of services including:
Domestic Relations Litigation
The emotional stress of divorce is often compounded by the complexity of determining the value of a family or privately held business. Apple Growth Partners provides valuations of privately held businesses for domestic relations litigation purposes.
With more than 1,000 valuations to our name, AGP has extensive experience providing business owners with credible and reliable fair market value reports. The AGP team also provides forensic accounting, separate property tracing, spousal and child support analyses, and other services that can provide financial clarity during litigation process.
Most business partnerships begin with the best of intentions and shared visions of the future. However, as time passes interests can diverge and trust can be lost. When it’s time to sever a business partnership the process can be fraught with emotion and hard feelings. AGP’s business valuation team has participated in hundreds of shareholder dispute resolutions and provided the independent business valuation that can serve as the basis for the monetary payment between ex-business partners. If needed, our team has the experience to defend our fair market value opinions in court.
Economic Damage Opinions
Litigation can arise from contractual or business disputes. AGP can provide expert opinions on lost profits or economic damages from contract breaches, trade secret disclosure and intellectual property challenges in cases like these.
Our economic damages experts review documents conduct management interviews and perform economic and industry research to construct a financial model to express the monetary damages in a report used during evidence presentation or through expert testimony at trial. Gathering this value opinion from an independent source such as the economic damages experts at Apple Growth Partners – can determine litigation strategy, improve negotiating positions or even optimize the outcome of a trial.
Fairness & Solvency Opinions
Corporate mergers, acquisitions, sales, financing and refinancing are subject to intense scrutiny by creditors, stockholders, and regulators. The opinion of an independent expert is critical to the deal moving forward or providing assurance to creditors in a bankruptcy proceeding. Our professionals can provide objective, independent fairness and solvency opinions to ensure you have the protection you need. The result is an opinion that will stand up in any courtroom or boardroom and put fiduciaries in a position to make the most effective business judgments.
Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial form of alternative dispute resolution whereby spouses craft a settlement without resorting to the uncertainties of litigation. Our business valuation and tax experts can serve as “financial neutrals” that provide impartial support to both parties during the collaborative process.
As a financial neutral, our experts can provide you with a true valuation of your business, cashflow, tax issues, and anything else that is important to you financially. We are collaboratively trained and can help promote the free flow of information between all parties and assist in articulating the financial interests of each party.
Expert Witness Testimony
AGP provides sound opinions and analysis backed by documented, attestable support. Our team provides expert witness testimony in the Akron and Cleveland region in the areas of:
- Antenuptial agreement (appreciation) analysis
- Asset tracing analysis
- Business valuation
- Contract disputes
- Economic damages
- Entity & income equalization
- Forensic accounting
- Generally accepted accounting principles
- Gift & estate tax consequences
- Income tax consequences
- Intellectual property valuations
- Marital dissolution
- Patent infringement
- Professional malpractice (defense)
- Shareholder disputes
- Tax fraud
- Trade secret infringement
We have testified as expert witnesses in both bench and jury trials in the following courts:
- United States District Court
- United States Bankruptcy Court
- Ohio County Courts of Common Pleas (Domestic Relations, Probate and Civil)
- Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Crawford, Franklin, Geauga, Hamilton, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, and Tuscarawas counties
- State Common Pleas Courts
- Nevada, Florida, and Louisiana