Certified Public Accountants and Business Consultants

Brent D. Berkman, CFE, CPA/CFF, CGMA

Principal

Education

  • Bachelor of Science Business Administration, John Carroll University

Areas of Expertise

  • Fraud Examination, Prevention, Deterrence and Due Diligence
  • High-profile Confidential Investigations “Piecing Together Financial Puzzles”
  • Investment Schemes and Securities, Mortgage & Healthcare Fraud
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate including REITs, Private Equity Funds, Affordable Housing, Homebuilders, Contractors, Hospitality, Health Care and Financial Services, Common Interest Realty Associations and Not-For-Profit Organizations
  • Estates, Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Private Foundations, Guardianships, Divorce & Family
  • Pass-through Entities Including Partnerships, LLCs, LLLPs, Disregarded Entities, S-Corporations, and Q-Subs
  • Demonstrated expertise with partnerships and contributed property (Sec 704c)
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Bankruptcy and Controllership Services
  • Business Valuations and Structured Finance
  • Contract interpretations including Partnership Agreements
  • Detailed Financial Analytical Analysis with Special Emphasis to “Flow of Funds”
  • Qualified/Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements
  • Reconstruction of Accounting Records including Deferred Tax Positions
  • Accounting Malpractice
  • U.S., Multi-State and Foreign Tax Services, including tax controversy representation
  • Credits & Incentives including Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits and Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

Professional Qualifications

  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant – States of Florida, Illinois, Maryland and Ohio
  • Certified in Financial Forensics

Professional Experience

  • Principal – Berkman, Jorgensen, Masters & Stafman, LLC
  • Consultant – The Siegfried Group, LLP
  • Arbitrator – National Association of Securities Dealers
  • Consulting Expert – Case preparation, Depositions, & Expert Witness Testimony
  • Senior Manager – KPMG LLP / Reznick Group, P.C.
  • Middle Market Advisory Services – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Tax Manager – Developers Diversified Realty Corporation
  • Tax Manager – First Union Real Estate Equity & Mortgage Investments
  • Tax Manager, International Assignment Group – Ernst & Young LLP
  • Chief Financial Officer – Douglas James Securities, Inc.
  • Chief Executive Officer – Brent D. Berkman, CPA

Professional/Civic Associations

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners including South Florida Chapter
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Forensic &
    Valuation Section
  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants including Palm Beach Chapter
  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and Forensic Accounting/Construction Sections
  • Forest City Lodge #388 & North Star Lodge #405

Favorite Books

  • Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception by Pamela Meyer
  • How to Become a Dangerous Expert Witness by Steven Babitsky, Esq &
    James J. Mangraviti Jr., Esq