Accountant Malpractice Defense Lawyers in San Francisco
Serving Residents of the Bay Area
Accounting professionals are especially susceptible to malpractice-related claims. It is imperative accountants facing legal challenges have an attorney who understands the regulatory landscape of the profession and the intricacies of the services accountants provide. At Wood Litigation, APC, our California attorneys are experienced at representing individuals and businesses, specifically in the accounting field, in professional liability claims before the courts, regulatory bodies, and in arbitrations and mediations.
We are deeply familiar with the issues with which accounting firms and their practitioners are typically confronted and have represented companies, individuals, and firms on both sides of accounting malpractice claims. When accounting fraud issues are alleged in securities-related litigation or in tax matters, we also are prepared to handle the matter – whether it is a civil or criminal case.
We are focused on each client matter, consulting with investigators, data analysis experts and forensic accountants to learn the facts to build a strong defense. Accounting cases are often document-intensive; our lawyers are adept at reviewing records effectively and efficiently and using the information garnered to craft a winning defense strategy.
Our reputation as lawyers ready to take cases to trial frequently encourages our opponents to engage in pre-trial negotiations and offer favorable settlements. Schedule your initial consultation by calling our firm at (415) 936-0300.
Tax preparers are unfortunately targets when their clients find themselves facing penalties and interest charges assessed by the IRS and in other cases as well. Greg Wood has been panel counsel at CAMICO and CNA insurance companies for fifteen years. In that time, he has defended CPAs from claims that the CPA has negligently advised them and/or prepared their tax returns, resulting in disputes with co-owners of the business and/or disputes with the IRS. The attorneys at Wood Litigation, APC have also defended many accounts from claims that, in preparing the return and handling the client’s records, the accountant failed to detect embezzlement and/or some other fraudulent scheme.
In a case that went to trial, Greg successfully defended CPAs accused of favoring one partner over another in preparing the partnership and their individual tax returns. The plaintiff alleged that the favorable treatment of the one partner resulted in a reduced capital account for the plaintiff, which hurt him when he separated from the firm. Greg convinced the jury that the damages were a fraction of what plaintiff claimed.
If you are an accounting firm and Wood Litigation, APC is given the opportunity to represent your interests, you can expect to deal with attorneys who know you and your business. You can also expect to be updated on developments and involved in the process. The attorneys at Wood Litigation, APC very much enjoy their role as defenders of accountant’s rights and take every new case with enthusiasm.
“We were very, very satisfied with Greg Wood's counsel, as he not only displayed quick understanding and sharp strategic thinking but also brought an impressive and -- one hates to say — almost rare "client-first" attitude to proceedings.”
Audits are not for CPAs short on resources. It is a cumbersome process, and the stakes are high. Audit reports are relied upon by investors and business owners. They can be the basis for multi-million-dollar decisions and multi-million-dollar lawsuits.
Therefore, if you are a CPA who performs audits and who is being sued for malpractice, you need attorneys who understand your business. The attorneys at Wood Litigation, APC do. We understand the different levels of attestation engagements. We know off the top of our heads to whom you owe duties and to whom you don't. And we know how best to marshal evidence and present your case to your best advantage.
The attorneys at Wood Litigation, APC have successfully defended many CPAs from claims of negligence and/or fraud in the preparation of an audit, in courts in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California. The subject of the audits has included large corporations, banks, tech companies, real estate funds and a wide assortment of other ventures. Firms represented have included major regional accounting firms as well as small to midsize CPA firms.
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