Sonia Desai, CPA, ASA, CPA-CA, CBV
Phone: (512) 355-7870
Fax: (713) 759-0968
327 Congress, Suite 490
Austin, Texas 78701

Sonia Desai, CPA, ASA, CPA-CA, CBV

Director | Austin

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Sonia Desai is a Director in the Litigation Consulting and Business Valuation practices at HSSK. She leads the Business Valuation practice in our Austin office. She has over twelve years of experience providing legal and corporate clients with exceptional insight into forensic, valuation and accounting related matters including serving as an expert witness in litigation matters. Her diverse experience in disputes, investigations, business valuation, accounting and audit gives her a unique perspective to provide innovative and comprehensive solutions to her clients. Sonia's litigation consulting experience includes preparing and analyzing damage claims from actual and future lost profits, disgorgement of profits, as well as diminution in value, with claimed damages ranging from less than $100,000 to over $100 million. In addition, Sonia has significant experience in advising clients on the value of assets and business interests for estate and gift tax planning purposes, mergers & acquisitions, financial reporting and litigation. Her work has spanned various industries including manufacturing, banking, oil and gas, utilities, professional services, healthcare, high-tech and others.

Sonia holds several designations, including Certified Public Accountant*, Accredited Senior Appraiser, Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2004. Sonia previously served in a Director level position in the Disputes & Investigations practice of an international publicly-traded consulting firm. She has served as a panelist and presenter to several legal associations, including the American Bar Association and Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association. She has also authored several articles for publication in journals, including the CPA Insider, Austin Business Journal and Austin Lawyer.

Education
Honors Bachelor of Science - University of Toronto (2004)
Accreditations & Licenses
Certified Public Accountant – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Accredited Senior Appraiser – American Society of Appraisers
Chartered Professional Accountant - Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Chartered Business Valuator - Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators
Professional Affiliations & Activities
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
American Society of Appraisers
Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants
Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators
Publications & Speaking Engagements
“Proposed IRS Regulations Threaten Family Businesses,” Austin Lawyer, December 2016
“Proposed IRS rules threaten Austin businesses,” Austin Business Journal, October 2016
“The Role of the Fraud Examiner in Litigation,” Guest Lecturer – Graduate Level Fraud Detection and Prevention Class at the McCoy College of Business Administration (Texas State University), November 2015
"Tales from the Trenches: Business Divorces," American Bar Association Litigation Section Annual Meeting, April 2014
"Cross-Examining the Financial Expert," Travis County Women Lawyers' Association, October 2013
"Cost Plus Contracts – The Profit's in the Audit," Construction Claims Advisor, February 2012
"The Value of Damages: More Than Cost Impacts," Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers, January 2011
"Contractors in Pricing Construction Claims: How CPAs Can Provide Winning Strategies," CPA Insider, January 2010

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