John Levitske provides business valuation, forensic accounting, purchase price analysis, damage quantification, and dispute resolution services in complex commercial situations. He testifies as an independent expert witness in disputes, both domestic litigation and international arbitration, regarding issues of valuation, finance, damages, or accounting. He also acts as a neutral expert determiner or neutral arbitrator and advises clients in mediations and negotiations. He is frequently consulted regarding business disputes, shareholder disputes, and M&A transaction disputes.
He has over 30 years of experience, with 25 years of Big Four public accounting and international consulting firm experience. His expert work includes jury and bench trials, mediations, and arbitrations (e.g., LCAI, ICC, SCC, AAA, JAMS, FINRA, and ad hoc). Previously, he served as one of the leaders of Duff & Phelps’ post-M&A dispute practice, KPMG’s post-acquisition dispute practice and its agreement vetting services practice, and Deloitte’s Eastern Great Lakes valuation practice.
He is co-author of the “Managing Post-Merger & Acquisition Purchase Price Disputes” chapter in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook for Business Lawyers, “Internal Corporate Investigations” chapter in ABA’s Guide for In-House Counsel, and “Business Divorce” chapter in ABA’s Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2020 Edition. In addition, he is national chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Business Law Section of the ABA and a past national president of the Forensic Expert Witness Association. He was selected to Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts 2019 – Financial Advisory and Valuation: Quantum of Damages and Who’s Who Legal: International Arbitration 2011 – Commercial Experts; and received the Forensic Expert Witness Association’s 2019 National Meritorious Service Award.
John has lectured on valuation, financial analysis, and forensic accounting topics to various professional groups, including the ABA, American Society of Appraisers, Association of Insolvency & Reorganization Advisors, Chicago Bar Association, and DailyDAC-Financial Poise. Also, he served as an accounting, finance, and auditing adjunct professor at both the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University, as a national exam question writer for both the Uniform CPA Exam and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Accredited in Business Valuation Exam, as a member of the ABA Business Law Section’s Merger & Acquisitions Committee, Revised Model Asset Purchase Agreement Task Force and a contributing author of “MAC (Material Adverse Change) Briefs” for the M&A Jurisprudence Subcommittee.
John works across all industries. Examples of his professional experience include: