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Scott Shaffer




Executive summary

Scott I. Shaffer is the leader of Grant Thornton’s Forensic Advisory Services practice in Wisconsin. His case work includes projects related to litigation matters requiring damage computations and forensic accounting experience.

He has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions for both arbitrations and trials. His past litigation assignments have included reconstruction of financial records, lost-profits analysis, and damage claims and supply chain disputes across an array of industries. As a Certified Construction Auditor, Shaffer has led construction cost reviews requiring the verification of project costs. These reviews entailed contract reviews, interviewing construction team personnel, scrutinizing payment applications, review of budgets and schedules, review of change orders, and scrutinizing the job cost records. Other procedures entailed tracing recorded costs from job cost records to various source documentation, reviewing logs, recalculating labor burden rates, recalculating self-owned equipment charge rates, testing for ghost employees and reviewing other areas identified to be at risk for the owner.


Professional qualifications and memberships

  • CPA — Illinois
  • Certified Construction Auditor (CCA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)

Presentations and publications

  • Co-author, “No Harm, No Foul: Proving Damages in Lost Profit Cases,” Wisconsin Lawyer, November 2013 (co-authored with Brandon Greger).
    Author, “Recovery of Damages for Lost Profits,” Wisconsin Lawyer Blog, Jan. 17, 2013.
  • Co-author, “Recipe for Fraud: Know the Key Ingredients to Keep Your Business Safe,” ABI Financial Advisers Committee Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 4, October 2012 (co-authored with Mark Sullivan).
  • Co-author, “Dollars and Sense – Stop the Overcharge,” US Industry Today, June 13, 2008, Internet issue (co-authored with Mark E. Pearson)
    Author, “Daubert and Kumho – Landmines for the Expert,” IDC Quarterly, Second Quarter 2001 issue, pp. 8-10.

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  • MBA, Business, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
  • BS, Accounting, University of Illinois at Chicago


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