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Kip Hamilton

Principal

Areas of Expertise

  • Due Diligence
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Litigation Support
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Construction Litigation
  • White Collar Crime
  • Expert Witness
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Damages & Lost Profit Analysis

Industries

  • Real Estate
  • Hotel & Resorts
  • Retail
  • Construction
  • Government

Prominent Cases

  • Damages/Expert Witness in National Casualty Company v. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Damages/Expert Witness in United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company v. Braspetro Oil Services
  • Damages/Expert Witness in Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority v. AECOM USA, Inc.
  • Forensic Accounting - United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. Spiegel, Inc.

Experience

  • 2 Years with GlassRatner
  • 33 Years of Relevant Experience

Education

  • BBA Accounting, Temple University

Professional Designations

  • CPA
  • CFE

Kip Hamilton is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner with over 30 years of experience in complex financial disputes, fraud investigations and construction litigation. Mr. Hamilton has international engagement experience including matters in Latin America, Asia and Canada.  He has provided expert testimony on dozens of occasions in several venues including federal and state courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, arbitration proceedings and State Board of Claims. Kip also serves on the American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals.

Prior to joining GlassRatner, Kip held senior positions with an international CPA firm, a worldwide risk mitigation firm and owned his own forensic accounting practice.  He has authored articles on damages, due diligence, fraud and construction related topics and has been a guest speaker at law firms, insurance companies and professional conferences such as the Defense Research Institute, National Bond Claims Association, Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel, American Institute of CPA’s and National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Mr. Hamilton has experience investigating fraud allegations in both civil and criminal matters and evaluating damages in complex transactional and financial disputes involving manufacturing, banking, advertising, insurance, leisure, construction, real estate, retail and wholesale industries, among others.

Representative assignments on which Mr. Hamilton has worked include:

  • Economic Damage Assessments on behalf of Plaintiffs and Defendants
  • Fraud Investigations including White Collar Criminal Matters
  • Purchase Price Disputes
  • Construction Disputes and Cost Audits
  • Internal Investigations
  • Broker-Dealer/Investor Disputes
  • Due Diligence investigations
  • Real Estate Accounting and Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Accounting

Mr. Hamilton is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Arizona and Pennsylvania and received his credential as a Certified Fraud Examiner from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In 2013, the American Arbitration Association admitted Mr. Hamilton to its Roster of Neutrals. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Temple University in 1983 with honors where he majored in Accounting.

Representative Settled and Ongoing Matters:

  • Retained as an expert in a dispute between partners alleging self-dealing, improper commissions and distributions involving 24 partnerships.
  • Assisting a lender with funds tracing and forensic analysis in connection with a $180MM judgment the lender has against a borrower.
  • Retained as an expert to assess the damages incurred by a publicly traded manufacturing company after former employees set up a competing business.
  • Assisting the DOJ with its investigation of bid rigging and inflated cost schemes involving naval construction and repairs pursuant to the Federal False Claims Act.
  • Retained as an arbitrator on a three-member panel where the a party requested dissolution of a partnership, accounting of partnership transactions and liquidation and sale of the assets.
  • Retained by the sellers of an advertising business in a purchase price dispute to defend claims by the buyer that many of the contracts in the sale were invalid and unassignable.
  • Assisted a transportation authority defend three claims totaling in excess of $150 million arising from a $700 million infrastructure project.
  • Retained as an expert to assess a corporation’s “ability to pay” a fine in connection with various EPA violations.    
  • Retained as an expert to defend a labor claim against a manufacturer of wind turbines and wind farms that was in the process of starting a new operation in the US.
  • Retained as part of a team that compiled information to address allegations of bid rigging and improper commissions against a major insurance broker.
  • Retained as an expert to assist with a claim relating to the construction of a courthouse in after the project was taken over by one of the joint venture partners.
  • Retained as an expert to quantify the damages incurred by one of the top providers of bank owned life insurance after a failed acquisition and poaching of key employees. 
  • Retained in an age discrimination case involving a claim that a key employee was entitled to a percentage of profits in five retirement community projects.
  • Retained as an expert to calculate over $350MM in damages suffered by an owner after the contractor failed to perform on two naval conversion projects in South America.
  • Retained as part of a financial team to provide accounting consultation services to the court appointed examiner in connection with the SEC’s investigation of a public company.
  • Retained as an expert to defend a $14 million claim for lost profits, loan fees and interest relating to an accident that delayed the construction and sale of over 100 condominiums.
  • Assisted an owner of a national theatre chain identify and quantify over $5 million fraudulently obtained by a dishonest employee during the construction of new theatres.
  • Retained to evaluate a $48 million product contamination claim submitted by a company with worldwide operations. 

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