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Beyond Litigation: Maximizing the Benefits of Financial Forensics


This is a virtual event, accessible over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is a complimentary program sponsored by Ankura.

Various financial forensics tools, including artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, and machine learning, are being implemented by in-house legal teams to create efficiencies within their litigation process.  As corporate legal departments are still learning how to effectively use these tools for litigation, they often overlook how these tools have evolved to create solutions related to technology and data within the overall business.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar where our panelists will outline how financial forensics tools have evolved.  Our speakers will discuss the role that these tools play in creating efficiencies throughout the litigation process, and how these tools, when used properly, can help in-house legal departments through successful data management. 

Educational Objectives:
• Understand recent developments in financial forensics;
• Learn the ways that financial forensics can create efficiencies within litigation and other legal processes;
• Gain strategies for how in-house legal departments can utilize forensic accounting tools in innovate ways to solve other business issues.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Executives, business leaders, corporate counsel, and legal operations professionals, particularly those involved with litigation and working in highly-regulated industries, including financial services, health care, pharmaceuticals, and energy. 


Sonya Kwon
  • Senior Managing Director
  • Ankura

Sonya Kwon is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, based in Irvine, California. She leads a team that specializes in the application of statistical, economic, financial, and complex data analyses to legal and regulatory issues. She has over twenty years of experience leading data‐intensive matters including consumer class actions, TCPA matters, regulatory and governmental investigations, healthcare litigation, labor and employment disputes, overdraft fee litigation matters, financial and accounting investigations, theft of trade secret matters and entertainment royalty matters, and other cases requiring the analysis of systems, structured data, or complex data modeling. Technically, Sonya has extensive experience in the cost‐effective and total quality management of large dataset capture and analysis and has worked with Fortune 100 companies to analyze data from the largest warehouses. She is an expert in data science and has developed numerous relational database design, data quality management, economic modelling, and computer programming courses to fellow employees and clients. She has served as a named expert on dozens of matters involving the collection and analysis of data, statistical analysis, complex data modeling, data integrity, class certification, as well as wage and hour and other class action issues.

Catherine E. Youngman
  • Partner
  • Fox Rothschild

For more than 20 years, Catherine has focused her practice on debtor and creditor rights and the representation of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 trustees in insolvency and bankruptcy matters. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice appointed her to the private panel of bankruptcy trustees, and she has served as a Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 trustee in more than 10,000 cases.

Catherine has represented lenders in and out of Bankruptcy Court in contested matters, commercial and residential foreclosure actions and in document reviews.

Catherine also has experience in civil and commercial litigation disputes as well as land use matters and has represented corporations, partnerships and individuals, trying numerous jury and non-jury cases to completion.

Jason Pierce, CPA, CMA, CFM, CVA, MAFF
  • Principal
  • Edelstein & Company LLP

Jason Pierce is a principal with Edelstein & Company LLP in Boston. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he was a partner at an Anchorage, Alaska, CPA firm and a valuation manager for an RSM McGladrey network firm. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (BS) and the University of Alaska Anchorage (MBA).  He has also been an adjunct professor for three universities in a variety of subjects, including business valuation.

Mr. Pierceis currently a lead instructor for the Forensic Accounting Academy. He has also contributed as an instructor or technical reviewer for the following courses: Business Valuation Training Center, Business Valuation Fundamentals for CPA’s, Current Updates in Valuation, Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory (FT&T), Calculations and Applications of Income and Asset Approaches, and the Comprehensive Checklist for Valuation Engagements. He has received multiple Instructor of Great Distinction Awards. He is a past member of NACVA’s Valuation Credentialing Board and served on the Recertification Committee.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants (Past Board Member), Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (Business Valuation Committee), Institute of Management Accountants (Past President Alaska Chapter), and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (Past President Alaska Chapter).  He is a frequent speaker on valuation and forensic accounting issues for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).

Mr. Pierce specializes in performing business valuations and forensic accounting engagements such as: matrimonial dissolution, financial litigation, gift & estate, ESOPs, shareholder disputes, damages, wage claims, loss investigations, fiduciary violations and other purposes. He has served as an expert witness for business valuation and forensic engagements.

Continuing Education

1.0 CLE, 1.0 General COA
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