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Our job is to make sense of the numbers. Cogence Group can assist you and your client in your next commercial litigation matter. Our reputation is built on being skilled at communicating our findings persuasively and with integrity.

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Financial Forensics Services Financial Forensics Services

Having testified in more than 130 litigated matters, Cogence Group brings a unique perspective and creative approach to solving complex financial problems in an understandable way. We help define the financial or economic analysis needed, and deliver reasoned, credible, and persuasive opinions in the courtroom.

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Business Valuation Services Business Valuation Services

For attorneys, business owners, and trusted professional advisors, Cogence Group artfully weaves the story of the business with the numbers. Our valuations are respectful of the intangible, and reflect how value is affected by a lifetime of owner investment.

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Cogence Group Testimonials

  • I’ve benefited three times now from the expertise of Taylor Cothran, a forensic CPA at Cogence, on difficult cases. Taylor testifies like a dream, and she does thorough background workup so that the adverse attorney’s cross-examination of her opinions doesn’t get anywhere. During case workup, Taylor willingly dives right into murky piles of confusing financial documents, analyzes them, creates easy-to-understand exhibits for court that explain her testimony, and she makes herself available to prep for trial even at inconvenient times. She’s done a great job on cases ranging from maritime contracts, to loss of earning capacity on an injury claim, and to analyses of employment benefits. She also has the rare skill of being able to testify about present value of economic losses. In conclusion, she is able to testify with the same credibility as an economist, but with more attention to real-life facts than we typically see with economic theoreticians.

    Timothy Grabe, Attorney

  • Our arbitration involved the late addition of a counterclaim for lost profits. On short notice, Cogence helped us review financial records and develop deposition questions and topics. With minimal time to prepare, Jay Sickler then attended the hearing to assist with cross-examination and offer rebuttal testimony. The arbitration panel soundly rejected the counterclaim, in large part because of the work of Jay and his team. We owe our success to Cogence, and wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again.

    Daniel S. Reynolds – Saalfeld Griggs PC

  • Jay Sickler was instrumental in helping us sell our electrical contracting business.  After receiving an offer, Jay reviewed the business valuation presented to us by the buyer and advised us on how the buyout should look in order to protect our best interest. He referred us to a highly reputable business attorney and worked closely with us during the entire negotiating process.  He is extremely well networked and knowledgeable about business valuations.

    Because of Jay’s direct council, advice and legal work, we were able to get the highest sales price thought possible.  If we were to do the whole deal over again or sell another business, Jay would be the first call we would make to guide us.

    Ken & Sheryl DeKorte – DeKorte Electric

  • Cogence did an outstanding job of forensic analysis in our case which was very complex with discovery material that was challenging. The people at Cogence were exceptionally capable and enjoyable to work with. They have my highest recommendation.

    Dave Lowry – Business Owner

  • Jay and Taylor were instrumental in the favorable settlement of an extremely complex insurance coverage action. They analyzed, evaluated and presented complex costs in a thorough, credible and air-tight manner for the litigation, and then continued to update their cost analysis for the several years until the case was settled. By the end, all parties accepted the cost analysis.

    Joan P. Snyder, Partner – Stoel Rives LLP

  • Jay served as a catalyst and “difference maker” in taking our ownership transition ideas and designing a workable plan that led to success using his extensive experience and analysis. We were impressed with his professionalism, timeliness and results.

    Roger Spring – CEO of Evergreen Consulting Group

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Cogence Corner Blog

Review and discussion on topics related to business valuation, financial forensics, economic analysis and more.

Clean Up Financial Statements before Searching for a Buyer

By Jay Sickler The first step in selling any business is putting its financial house in order. After years of hard work, small business owners often want to cash out. While it’s inevitably an emotional decision, several easy steps can make the process go much smoother. First, put our house in order. A business isn’t…

Strategic Value – Cannabis Businesses

By: Eli Neal Business Valuation – The Marijuana Chronicles #7 To catch up on past blog posts, check out the links at the end of this article. So far, this blog series has focused on the premise of fair market value, which is defined as a hypothetical transaction between a willing and able buyer and…

The Tax Act has a Significant Impact on 2018 Business Valuations

By Jay Sickler I’m sure you’ve read a lot about the Tax Act’s impact on corporate and personal income taxes, but the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is also throwing the business valuation profession into a bit of a frenzy. Since 1993, business valuation practitioners have been able to utilize a consistent corporate income…