Expert Witness: Greg Raffaele, CPA CVA FCPA CDFA
I began my forensic accounting career in 1989 after graduating from USC. I was always curious as a child. My family and friends often called me annoying because I kept asking so many questions like a detective. So, my first job as a forensic accountant and eventual career as a forensic accounting expert witness was a natural fit. I just never imagined as a child I would begin my own divorce and family law forensic accounting practice in 2003.
My grandmother was a profound influence in my life. She always encouraged my natural curiosity. She'd say, "Greg, you must always be broad minded." My grandmother also said that honesty is often undervalued but it is always greatly appreciated. Though she passed many years ago, I believe that her wisdom is the foundation of my honest practice. Her name was Esperanza Enriquez. Thank you, Lola.
Divorce is a Human Business
"I called Greg Raffaele looking to hire a forensic accountant for my fiancé’s divorce case. He ended up talking to me for almost an hour, giving me valuable advice and patiently answering my questions and concerns without even mentioning cost. To my surprise, he told me not to hire him! Given the facts of our case, our chances in court was between a "wobbler" and a "long shot." He advised that in our particular case, it would make more sense for us to accept the opposing party's ask than pay the cost to him and to our lawyer for going to court (not to mention the cost of time and emotional investment of a long trial).”
"In an industry where clients' emotions run high and professionals take advantage of it for their own profit, I was touched by his honesty, humanity, and benevolence. He treated me like a human being rather than a dollar sign and was actually more concerned about what would be best for our lives than his own profit! From our conversation, I also believe he is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in his field. This is why I followed his advice and did not end up hiring him. But I want to give my endorsement to him to anyone who thinks they may need his services. I believe him to be a rare professional."
OC Family Law Judge: Being Truthful Matters
"To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful," a quote from Edward R. Murrow posted at the courtroom entrance of the Hon. James Waltz, Orange County Superior Court Judge, Family Law Panel.
California Court of Appeals
In a case that was appealed and affirmed, the California Court of Appeals restated the trial court's finding, "The tracing evidence presented by husband's expert was not credible, while wife's expert, Greg Raffaele was credible regarding the source of the funds used to purchase and pay for the house as community property, and thus the source of the funds to purchase and make the payments on the family residence was from community property."