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Brian Burns


Brian Burns leads FORVIS LLP's Forensics and Valuation practices in Virginia and serves clients across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. He practices in the areas of valuation and forensic accounting, including financial investigations and litigation support and consulting services. He has been designated as an expert witness and qualified to testify by report, deposition and/or trial testimony in various venues in commercial and domestic matters.

Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Minor in Leadership from Virginia Tech and received a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Brian is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credentials with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also certified by the American Society of Appraisers as an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation (ASA) and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) as a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF).

Brian currently serves on the National Forensic and Valuation Services Conference Committee of the AICPA. He previously served on the Accredited in Business Valuation Credential Committee and the Business Valuation Committee of the AICPA and as President of the Richmond Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers. Brian is a former recipient of the VSCPA's Top Five under 35 Award that annually recognizes five young CPA professionals around Virginia under the age of 35 that demonstrate notable professional achievements, outstanding community involvement and dedication to the CPA profession. Brian was also an honoree under AICPA's Standing Ovation and NACVA's Top 40 under Forty recognition programs for young forensic and valuation professionals.

Brian frequently presents on valuation and forensic accounting to professional and trade organizations, and he has presented at venues such as the AICPA's National Forensic and Valuation Services conference, state CPA society conferences, and nationally presented webinars. Additionally, Brian has authored publications on forensic accounting and valuation topics, and Brian served as a contributing author for the AICPA in the development of resources to assist practitioners in the area of valuation.

With respect to his practice in valuation, Brian assists businesses and individuals with valuation services in the areas of family law, financial reporting, stock-based compensation, litigation and shareholder disputes, transaction consulting, tax matters and employee stock ownership plans. The focus areas of his forensic accounting services include litigation support and consulting services in family law matters and commercial matters involving claims such as shareholder disputes, breach of contract, breach of warranties, misappropriation of trade secrets, post-acquisition disputes, tortious interference, intellectual property disputes, statutory conspiracy, business interruption claims, employee embezzlement, investment scams and fraud.

He has served clients in a variety of industries including, but not limited to real estate, construction, healthcare, technology, food service, dealerships, manufacturing, distribution, government contracting, retail, insurance and banking.