About Bill

William G. Brandt, CPA, ABV, MBA, CFF, has been very active in contributing to the national forensic economist community. For the National Association of Forensic Economics in 2011-current he has been a conference speaker, submitting views of discussion. For the Collegium of Pecuniary Damages Experts in 2011-current he was and is a conference speaker and in 2014 he served as president. He has also been a conference speaker at the Western Economic Association International and continues to attend, participate, and contribute in the forming of current accepted practices in each of these organizations.

Bill has extensive experience as an independent professional contractor specializing in forensic accounting, economics, and finance, with seven years of experience in litigation support, loss calculation and presentation of expert testimony. Clients include attorneys, claimants and insurance companies. He has significant experience in financial analysis and loss calculation for the following types of claims:

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Malpractice Claims
  • Lifecare Plan Valuation
  • Disability
  • Business Interruption
  • Wrongful Termination
  • PIP Losses
  • Analysis of Opposing Expert Reports

An experienced financial manager, Bill has expertise in accounting, financial analysis, information systems, and experience in large “Fortune 100” companies as well as start-up enterprises.

Past Professional Experience

Professional Consultant in Forensic Accounting (Mueller & Partin, CPAs, Bellevue, WA, 2002 – 2007).

Prepare economic analysis reports and trial exhibits for legal cases and insurance claims involving business valuation disputes, anti-trust violations, breach of contract cases, property damage disputes and personal injury claims.

  • Performed financial valuations of numerous privately held companies ranging in annual sales from $25,000 to $150,000,000, including manufacturers, retailers, construction companies, real estate agencies, insurance agencies, investment brokers, hotels and various service companies.
  • Prepared analysis reports refuting valuations submitted by other economists and accounting firms.
  • Worked with attorneys in formulating economic aspects of case strategy.
  • Assisted attorneys and insurance companies in mediation proceedings and settlement negotiations.
  • Developed complex financial models involving the use and analysis of economic statistics and financial records.

Senior Financial Analyst (Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, WA, 2007–2008, Wizards of the Coast, 1995–2000, UTILX Corporation, 1989–1995).

  • Coordinated the budget process; Analyzed financial statements; Prepared reports and presentations for senior management and the board of directors and performed analysis as required.
  • Performed acquisition and valuation analysis on five successful acquisitions. The average annual revenue of these companies was approximately $25,000,000.
  • Performed strategic planning, performance analysis, market analysis and focused studies on specific areas of concern.
  • Performed strategic planning, pricing studies, market analyses and other analytical projects.
  • Gave testimony in litigation which resulted in a $2,600,000 favorable judgment.
  • Designed and programmed a fully-integrated budgeting system using Cognos Planning Software (aka Adaytum). Consolidated the budget input from more than 250 departments.
  • Prepared quarterly sales analysis reports for Investor Relations and the Board of Directors.
  • Performed a broad array of ad-hoc financial analysis.
  • Worked extensively with investment bankers and potential investors.

Director of Corporate Development (Western Wireless Corporation, 2000 – 2001).

  • Identified and analyzed potential acquisition targets in accordance with the strategic objectives of the company.
  • Performed valuation analysis reports of prospective acquisition candidates.
  • Prepared reports for the Board of Directors analyzing the performance of the company’s stock versus that of its major competitors.

Previous financial and accounting experience includes Big-Four audit experience (Deloitte & Touche, 1981 – 1984) and controller of small businesses (1984 – 1991).

Education & Certifications

  • Master of Business Administration (Economics & Finance), University of Washington: Dean’s Scholar (Top 10% of Class)
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Accounting Concentration), Indiana University
  • Certified Public Accountant (Washington Board of Accountancy)
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (“ABV”) and Certified in Financial Forensics (“CFF”), granted by the AICPA

Professional Affiliations & Association Contributions

  • National Association of Forensic Economics (Conference Speaker)
  • Collegium of Pecuniary Damages Experts (Conference Speaker, President-2014)
  • American Academy of Economic & Financial Experts (Conference Speaker)
  • Western Economic Association International (Conference Speaker)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants