Kurt Harms

kharms@bcsllp.com

Education

1982-1987
Glassboro State College
Glassboro, New Jersey
Bachelor of Science— Business Administration Concentration in Accounting

Qualifications

Certified Public Accountant
Texas, Certificate Number 56179
New Jersey, Certificate Number 19867

Professional Experience

Buchanan Clarke Schlader LLP (1999 Onwards)
Dallas, Texas
Partner and Co-Founder
Practice dedicated exclusively to forensic accounting and litigation services.

Campos & Stratis LLP(1990-1998)
Dallas, Texas
Promoted to Manager in July 1996
Worked on numerous commercial and industrial insurance losses both domestically and internationally. Attained forensic, auditing and accounting skills during progression from hire date to present. Significant experience in measuring manufacturing losses involving business interruption and extra expense. Assisted general adjusters, engineers and contractors in determining methods to mitigate business interruption losses. Performed various physical inventory counts and valuations of both in site and out of site inventory losses for raw materials, work in process and finished goods.

Internal Revenue Service (1985-1990)
Newark, New Jersey
Revenue Agent
Audited Federal Income tax returns of corporations, partnerships and individuals to ascertain their correct federal tax liability and compliance with tax laws. Assisted Criminal Investigations Division and District Council in investigating and testifying on criminal tax matters. Developed an expertise of income tax laws, audit skills, effective interviewing techniques, fraud detection, and indirect methods of verifying the accuracy of books and records. Applied accounting and auditing techniques in re-construction and corroboration of taxpayer financial statements, tax returns and documents. Instructor for various computer classes and revenue training.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants

Summary of Experience

Professional accountant since 1985. Domestic and international experience in the field of forensic accounting and investigative auditing. Consultation and expertise in the measurement of economic damages in both property and liability insurance claims as well as commercial litigation.

Significant experience attained in the measurement of financial damages concerning manufacturing operations throughout the world.

Expert testimony experience in deposition and trial.

Clients include law firms, corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships and major commercial and casualty insurance companies.

Fraud detection training obtained from the United States Treasury Department. Experience in detection of tax avoidance, corporate employee fidelity and embezzlement.

Petrochemical industries, energy, retail, real estate, telecommunications, manufacturing, banking and financial institutions, technology, semiconductor and computer industries, restaurants and food distribution, automobile dealerships, hotel and hospitality, insurance brokerage, professional practices, clothing and fashion.

Professional Development

Provided seminars to insurance personnel and professionals with in the insurance industry. Topics have included basic and intermediate business interruption measurements, and inventory losses. Seminars also given to the Texas Arson Society and various other professional groups.

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