Top CPA – Alex Fernandez
In 28 years of professional consulting and accounting, Alex Fernandez has testified in numerous high-stakes cases. “I understand how to clearly communicate with the jury and explain my opinions,” says Fernandez, managing director of Miami-based AFC Group, and a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Valuation Analyst, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. “Our ability to prepare for a case and convey the key points in trial helps attorneys avoid the litigation risk of engaging inexperienced experts.”
AFC Group evaluates claims for economic loss and causation in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, as well as performing investigative financial audits and valuation services. “Our goal is to help clients and counsel approach litigation decisions with a thorough, unbiased evaluation of the relevant economic issues,” says Fernandez, who has served as an expert in the assessment of economic damages, identifying and tracing financial transactions, professional negligence, fraud, insider abuse, and business valuations.
Significant engagements include a $10.8 billion misappropriation of trade secrets dispute, a $4 billion Ponzi fraud scheme, and a $1.3 billion tort claim. He recently testified in a $40 million plaintiff’s case against the government of Venezuela, and in a money laundering case in Puerto Rico that involved sifting through thousands of documents in Spanish.
Fernandez has served as Miami-Dade County’s economic damage expert in numerous breaches of contracts and construction litigation disputes. He has also served as a consultant to state and federal governments and has been appointed by the courts as a financial expert. “We get involved in large-scale complex litigation that involves quantifying damages,” he adds.
Fernandez was the lead expert for the Florida House of Representatives, Committee on Commerce, relating to their review of failed state-chartered financial institutions, including fraud, insider abuse and negligence-related matters. He has served as the defense expert on behalf of several international accounting and consulting firms in professional negligence litigation and as the plaintiff’s expert for multi-national corporations in similar litigation. He has also been the lead investigator on numerous international fraud matters.