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ElisePadgett
Elise Padgett
Forensic, Litigation & Valuation Managing Director

Elise Padgett has spent the past decade providing litigation support and expert testimony on accounting, financial, and business valuation issues in both state and federal courts. She performs valuations of business and securities in connection with litigation, estate, and gift taxes, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, consulting, and other purposes. Elise also provides forensic accounting, damages and lost profit calculations, and other litigation support services in connection with marital dissolutions, commercial litigation, probate litigation, partner disputes, and other types of litigation. She supports the provision of expert witness testimony at depositions, hearings, and trials and provides assistance with settlement negotiations and mediation.

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Professional Organizations

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE)
  • Passed Level I of CFA examination
  • Candidate Member, American Society of Appraisers
  • Financial Consulting Group (FCG)

Education

  • B.B.A in Accounting and Finance, Abilene Christian University
  • Minor in Communications, Abilene Christian University

Professional Experience

  • Larry R. Cook & Associates, PC (2006-2009)
    • Financial Analyst
      • Emphasis: Business Valuation, Economic Damages, Collaborative Law
  • Whitley Penn (2009 – Present)
    • Forensic, Litigation, and Valuation Managing Director
      • Business valuation
      • Forensic accounting
      • Tracing and characterization of assets
      • Litigation support and consulting services
      • Calculation of damages and lost profits
      • Deposition, mediation, and trial preparation assistance

Seminars/Lectures/Publications

  • 2016 Rockwall County Bench Bar Conference – “Forensic Accounting”
  • 2017 SMU School of Law Marital Property Course – “Tracing and Characterization”
  • 2017 Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Presentation – “Investigation Techniques in Marital Dissolutions”
  • 2018 SMU School of Law Marital Property Course – “Tracing and Characterization”
  • 2018 QSLWM, PC Retreat – “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know”