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HEMMING MORSE EXPANDS STATEWIDE PRESENCE WITH ADDITION OF FORENSIC AND VALUATION TEAM IN LOS ANGELES

Hemming Morse expands its Los Angeles presence with the addition of six forensic accountants from financial and economic expert firm LitiNomics. The team includes Partners Christian Tregillis and David Callaghan, Principal Jeffrey Klein and Senior Advisor Lynn Turner.

“Los Angeles and Southern California have always been key markets for Hemming Morse and Chris and David and their team have established a reputation for great service here,” said Hemming Morse Managing Partner Greg McKinnon. “We have been assisting our clients for nearly 60 years, and the addition of this team helps ensure that tradition will continue. The timing of the expansion also coincides with the recent opening of our Irvine office, led by Principal Joe Emanuele.”

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Tregillis performs financial, economic, accounting, and valuation analyses and investigations, often in the context of disputes or transactions, including the negotiation of licensing agreements. Tregillis has testified as an expert witness in more than 80 matters, including before state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. His prior experience includes serving as a partner at Deloitte & Touche. Holding Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) certifications, Tregillis is a former chair of the Economic Damages Task Force of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a past chair of the Economic Damages section of the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA). He earned his M.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago (1993) and his A.B. in economics from Occidental College (1989).

“Hemming Morse is an established, well-respected firm. Our group has held their leadership in high esteem over the years and noted the well-grounded, thorough, and mindful approach the Hemming team has employed in their work for clients and in architecting an organization that supports its professionals and growth. We look forward to leading the charge as Hemming expands its footprint in Southern California, and we are excited to add to the depth and breadth of the firm’s high-caliber forensic accounting and financial and valuation experience,” said Tregillis.

Callaghan advises clients in a broad range of industries on matters related to financial investigations, mergers and acquisitions, forensic accounting, and bankruptcy and restructuring. With more than 20 years of experience, he focuses on evaluating accounting irregularities; Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) matters; financial fraud investigations; analyses of financial statement audits and complex accounting issues; financial statement restatements; acquisition disputes; pension plans; and internal and Audit Committee investigations. Callaghan has testified as an expert witness in domestic and international matters. He holds CPA and CFF credentials and is a member of the AICPA and CalCPA, where he serves as chair of the Fraud section. Callaghan earned his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (2004) and his B.A. in business economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1993).

With more than 12 years of experience, Klein provides clients with financial advisory services related to accounting investigations, damages consultation, valuation services, and bankruptcy matters. He has testified as an expert witness in federal court and provided expert opinions related to allegations brought in state court. With engagements spanning a diverse set of industries, Klein has consulted on matters involving allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and false advertising. Additionally, he has worked on numerous assignments involving complex accounting and valuation issues. His prior experience includes being a member of the Finance and Accounting Services Group at Deloitte & Touche. Klein is a CPA and is a member of the AICPA’s Forensic & Litigation Services Damages Task Force, while also being a member of the State Bar of California. Attending a joint degree program, he earned his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and his M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (2002). He earned his B.A. in economics from the University of California, San Diego (1995).

With nearly 40 years of dedicated business, regulatory, corporate governance and academic experience related to forensic accounting, Turner focuses on complex investigations involving financial reporting, corporate governance, securities litigation, accountant liability and technical accounting matters. He has testified as an expert witness on financial reporting requirements, financial statement audits, corporate governance standards, and economic risk in federal and state courts and before Congress. Formerly the chief accountant for the SEC, Turner was the principal advisor to the SEC chairman and commission on auditing and financial reporting and corporate governance matters. He also spent 20 years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Turner has served on the boards of public companies and is currently the trustee of a $45 billion pension fund. He is a CPA and frequently speaks on financial reporting, securities and governance topics. Turner is a member of the Investors Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (COPERA) Board and Audit Committee, the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), and the AICPA. He earned his M.A. in accounting from the University of Nebraska (1976) and his B.A. in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Colorado State University (1975).

Also joining Hemming Morse from LitiNomics are Manager Rachel Hennessy and Associate Chelsea Meyer. To accommodate this substantial growth, Hemming Morse’s Los Angeles office has taken additional office space at 725 South Figueroa St.