Ken Rugeti provides consulting and expert testimony in the areas of commercial damages, forensic accounting and valuation. In addition to providing services as a consultant and expert witness, Mr. Rugeti frequently serves as a neutral, either by stipulation or under Court-appointment as an expert or referee. He has testified in U.S. District court, Bankruptcy court, State court, and both U.S. and international arbitration.
Since beginning his career as a forensic accountant over 25 years ago, Mr. Rugeti has worked on over 500 financial disputes ranging from mediation to multibillion-dollar litigation. He views his role as an educator of juries and judicial officers tasked with deciding the financial issues on which he is asked to offer his expert opinion. In addition to his client service responsibilities, Mr. Rugeti is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Forensic and Litigation Services Committee and currently serves as the Chair of its Economic Damages Advisory Panel. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (CalCPA) Forensic Services Section and previously served as the Chair of CalCPA’s Economic Damages Section.
Mr. Rugeti has addressed a wide variety of damages claims, including those stemming from alleged intellectual property infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, false advertising, business interruption, wrongful termination, personal injury, and wrongful death. As discovery has become increasingly complex, his breadth and depth of experience with financial data assists counsel in identifying reliable and efficient evidence to ascertain the existence and magnitude of losses.
Mr. Rugeti has a broad base of forensic accounting experience that includes the reconstruction of financial data for purposes of determining income, analysis of issues related to financial contract compliance, assessment of the accuracy of private company financial statements, and investigation of fraud. In this capacity, he has worked for judges, boards of directors, business owners, public and private companies, trustees, and trust beneficiaries.
Mr. Rugeti has analyzed the value of businesses, ownership interests, derivatives, stock-based compensation, intangible assets, and income streams. He is knowledgeable not only in the methods of valuation, but in the proper application of these methods to matters such as business acquisitions, shareholder and partner disputes, financial reporting, and marital dissolution.
Certified Public Accountant, California
Accredited in Business Valuation
Certified in Financial Forensics
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Chair (AICPA), Economic Damages Advisory Panel
Member (AICPA), Forensic and Litigation Services Committee
Steering Committee Member (CalCPA), Forensic Services Section
B.S., Business Administration (Finance Emphasis), University of Southern California
T: +1 949 485 4054
2030 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614
Commercial Damages Analysis
Forensic Accounting & Investigations