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Joseph B. Nelson, CPA, CFE, CFF, FCPA, CVA is a firm partner and practice leader of Berdon LLP's Litigation, Valuation & Dispute Resolution Group. He brings deep experience in complex damage analyses, insurance defense litigation, and commercial disputes extending over a 30-year career. Mr. Nelson works with prominent local, national, and international law firms; corporations; and insurance companies representing clients across a diverse spectrum of business sectors, among them real estate, healthcare, restaurants, insurance, banking, intellectual property, manufacturing, energy, and the service sector.   

Mr. Nelson provides client advisory services related to complex litigation matters, fraud and forensic accounting investigations, fraud prevention and detection plans, and corporate governance. He is directly responsible for firm engagements encompassing comprehensive fraud examinations, financial and accounting record reconstruction, complex damage analyses, catastrophic loss and business interruption claims, bankruptcy matters, intellectual property disputes, shareholder and investor claims, acquisition disputes, commercial litigation and business valuation analyses.

He has been an expert consultant to the United States Department of Justice and the FBI in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and Texas.  Within the litigation arena, in addition to serving as an expert consultant, Mr. Nelson has been a court appointed auditor/neutral, court appointed receiver, court appointed accountant to the receiver, and testifying expert witness.

As a seasoned expert witness, he has offered deposition and trial testimony in numerous cases involving complex accounting, auditing, fraud, and damage-related issues.  Mr. Nelson has testified and presented evidence in various Federal, State, Criminal, and Family Law Courts across the nation and frequently participates in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Mr. Nelson’s expertise encompasses:  

  • Fraud investigations and forensic accounting matters (Criminal and Civil)
  • Fraud prevention and detection plans
  • Corporate governance and governmental oversight
  • Lost profit analyses, business interruption claims, catastrophic loss litigation, and commercial damages
  • Bankruptcy matters including liquidity and preference payment analyses
  • Comprehensive damage studies relating to:
    • Business interruption and lost value analyses
    • Breach of contract
    • Insurance bad faith
    • Usury and FCPA violations
    • Construction and insurance bond claims
    • Fraud/embezzlement/theft
    • Intellectual property disputes
    • Deceptive trade practices
    • Patent infringement
    • Lost wage analyses
    • Theft of trade secrets
    • Professional negligence
  • Class action litigation and administration
  • Shareholder, investor, and acquisition disputes and claims
  • Business valuations and analyses
  • Family law matters, including tracing asset characterization
  • Applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Standards
  • Applying Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and Procedures
  • Court appointed receiver; Court appointed neutral, accountant to receiver
  • Preparing comprehensive trial exhibits
  • Assisting with pretrial and trial strategies including witness examination


American Bar Association — Associate Member

  • Expert Witness Committee
  • Business Litigation Committee
  • Property Insurance Law Committee
  • Criminal Litigation Committee

American Board of Forensic Accounting — Diplomate

American Board of Forensic Examiners — Diplomate

American College of Forensic Examiners — Fellow

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors

Center for Advanced Technologies — Member

  • Nonprofit group advancing knowledge about valuing and monetizing intellectual property

Forensic CPA Society

National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts

New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Texas State Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Houston Chapter, Past Chairman of the Litigation Services Committee

Mr. Nelson is a former Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Baruch College, Stan Ross Department of Accountancy.


GAAP and GAAS Overview and the Accounting Cycle

Basics of Accounting for Lawyers

Presented to the Practising Law Institute (New York, NY)

The Challenges with Providing Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services to Clients

Presented to the JHI Regions of the Americas 21st Annual Conference (Quebec City, Canada)                                                              

ABC’s of Financial Statements: The Relationship Between Internal Controls and Financial Statement Fraud

Presented to the New York City Bar Association, Center for Continuing Legal Education (New York, NY)

Preparing for a Fraud Investigation

Article — White-Collar Crime Fighter (Publication)

Finding Fraud in the Trenches

Presented to the New York State Society of CPA’s; 2007 Annual Anti-Fraud Conference (New York, NY)

Analyzing Economic Damages

Presented to Hogan & Hartson, LLP (New York, NY)

Looking Behind the Numbers

Presented to Houston Legal Assistants Association (Houston, Texas)

Pulling Back the Curtain — Business Valuations

Presented to Midland Bar Association (Midland, Texas)

Pulling Back the Curtain — Intellectual Property Damages

Presented to Middleton & Wrightlinger (Louisville, Kentucky)

The CPA’s Role in Litigation

Presented at the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants' CPE Exposition (Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; San Antonio, Texas)

Health Care Litigation and Fraud & Abuse

Presented to the National Litigation Support Services Association (Lake Tahoe, Nevada)

Economic Loss Calculations in Employment Matters

Presented to the National Litigation Support Services Association (Orlando, Florida)

Comprehensive Peer Review

The American College of Forensic Examiners article on Healthcare and Insurance Fraud

Check Fraud: Changes in State and Federal Law with Respect to Fraud Liability

Co-presenter with Wells Fargo Bank (Houston, Texas)

Preparing to be Qualified and Testifying as a CPA Expert Witness

Presented to the National Litigation Support Services Association (Tempe, Arizona)


Mr. Nelson earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Dayton and pursued post baccalaureate studies at the University of Houston.  He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi Honor Accounting Fraternity. He holds the following designations:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • Certified in State of New York Unified Court System (Fiduciary ID No. 452562) for Receivership, Accountancy, and Appraiser Appointments