Taylor Cothran CPA, ABV

Financial Forensics Associate

Taylor joined Cogence Group as an Associate in 2015. She works on business valuations and matters involving financial forensics. Taylor has experience in a variety of cases, including marital dissolution, economic damages, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, personal injury, pay equity, and business valuations for estate, gift, sale, and divorce purposes. Due to her auditing background, Taylor most enjoys forensic accounting engagements where she can really dig into the details to trace the source and destination of disputed or hidden funds.

Taylor is known for her positive attitude, emotional intelligence, strong writing skills, and ability to summarize complex financial matters in a clear, understandable way. Taylor appreciates getting to know a diverse range of clients and determining how she can best assist those clients and attorneys.

Prior to joining Cogence Group, Taylor was an Auditor at Ernst & Young in Portland, Oregon. During her time at EY, Taylor performed financial statement audits over clients in various industries, including real estate, timber, grain commodities, energy, and manufacturing. She also served as her office’s Community Engagement Champion, organizing and leading multiple volunteer events throughout the year.

Taylor graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Portland in 2013. While in college, Taylor was Co-President of the University of Portland Accounting Association (UPAA), a group which has hosted Cogence Group Principal Jay Sickler as a speaker. Jay’s presentation to UPAA is what initially sparked Taylor’s interest in the field of financial forensics.

In her free time, Taylor enjoys exploring Portland with her fiancé, traveling to beautiful places, trying out new vegan recipes at home, and continuing her studies of the Japanese language. For the past three years, Taylor has served on the Planning Committee for the St. Andrew Legal Clinic annual Taste for Justice fundraiser event.

Taylor is a licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation), and has testified as an expert witness in both arbitration and trial settings.