Jay Sickler, CPA, CFF, ABV, ASA

Founder and CEO

Jay Sickler, Principal, exclusively practices in the areas of economic loss/damages analysis, forensic accounting, and business valuation. Before founding Cogence Group, Jay spent 12 years as a shareholder in the firm Thompson, Wiest & Sickler, P.C. and nine years before that working for the “Big 4″ international accounting firms of Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young, in Portland and Sydney, Australia. He has testified as an expert witness in more than 140 cases.

Jay earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in finance in 1983 graduating Magna Cum Laude. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Oregon, is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in business valuation, with the American Society of Appraisers, and has been designated as Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a commercial arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and past Board member of St. Andrew Legal Clinic.

For fun, Jay enjoys traveling with his wife of 36 years and his two grown daughters. He also loves to cook, scuba dive in warm tropical locales and is passionate about wines from throughout the world.