David M. Beckman
CPA, CFF, CFE
David M. Beckman, CPA, CFF, CFE, is a Director in Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group with more than 20 years of experience. A forensic accounting professional with strong technical and investigative skills, he has broad experience in advising and consulting on the application of accounting and auditing standards, investigating accountants’ malpractice, identifying and analyzing fraudulent financial reporting, analyzing contract and shareholder disputes, performing forensic investigations, and analyzing and quantifying economic damages in commercial and employment disputes. He has been qualified as an expert in New York State Supreme Court.
Adept in various stages of the litigation process, Mr. Beckman works on an array of complex litigation matters ― consulting on overall case strategy; advising on pleadings; preparing document requests; researching and analyzing generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS); assisting with witness depositions and interviews; writing reports; preparing for and attending trial; and preparing trial demonstratives and exhibits. His work encompasses civil and criminal matters, arbitrations, mediations, and matters involving the SEC and other government agencies.
Mr. Beckman works with clients across a range of industries including real estate, construction, financing companies including securitizations, financial services, telecommunications, retail, transportation, manufacturing, professional services, and the food and beverage industry.
Prior to joining Anchin, Mr. Beckman worked as an audit manager and principal in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group at a large regional NYC-based firm.
Mr. Beckman is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), Litigation Services Committee of the NYSSCPAs, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Mr. Beckman also serves as an audit committee member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
- Litigation, Forensic and Valuation
- Petition to Vacate Arbitration Award DismissedMarch 16, 2017
Members of Anchin, Block & Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group often serve as arbitrators. Alternative dispute resolution is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional litigation. Although the courts may be asked to review the validity an arbitrator’s award, unless there are unusual and extenuating circumstance, they will rarely overturn such awards.
- Conflicting Expert Opinions Preclude Summary Judgment DismissalMarch 7, 2017
Frequently, as part of our litigation, forensic and valuation services practice, we are called upon to issue expert reports. As can be imagined, it is common that the opinions expressed in the expert reports for each side are very different (reasonable professionals can disagree, right?). However, it is interesting to consider how much of an impact those different opinions can have on the case process.
- Defendant’s Participation in Litigation Waives Right to Compel ArbitrationFebruary 16, 2017
In our litigation, forensic and valuation services practice, we are often involved in cases where there is a question of whether or not an arbitration provision in an agreement can be enforced.
- Arbitration Panel’s Award Determined to be a Reasoned AwardFebruary 8, 2017
When a member of Anchin, Block & Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group serves as an arbitrator, one of the things he or she needs to consider is whether his or her decision should be contained in a simple award or in a reasoned award; if the latter, how much detail needs to be included in the reasoned award.
- Prejudgment Interest Computed from Date of Damages Verdict, Not From Date of Liability StipulationJanuary 3, 2017
The litigation consultants and forensic accountants in Anchin’s Litigation, Forensic and Valuation Services Group are often confronted with the calculation of prejudgment interest. When dealing with the issue of prejudgment interest, a critical question that must be answered is from what date is the prejudgment interest computed.