Previn Waas

Previn Waas is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Previn directly using the contact details listed above.

Previn is a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and the leader of Deloitte’s IPO Centre of Excellence. He has more than 18 years of experience providing assurance, accounting, and other professional services to public and private companies in the technology, telecommunications, and media industries, with a specific focus on software and internet media companies.

He has extensive experience leading IPO engagements as well as consulting on revenue recognition policies, share-based compensation, equity transactions, business combinations, and SEC pre-clearance filings and registration statements.

Prior to joining Deloitte’s Silicon Valley office, Previn was part of Deloitte’s National Office Technical Accounting Consultations group. He is a certified public accountant in California and has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Baylor University.

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A story that matters

We believe that we’re only as good as the good we do.

All the facts and figures that talk to our size and diversity and years of history, as notable and important as they may be, are secondary to the truest measure of Deloitte: The impact we make in the world.

So, when people ask, “What’s different about Deloitte?” the answer resides in the many specific examples of where we have helped Deloitte member firm clients, our people, and sections of society to achieve remarkable goals, solve complex problems, or make meaningful progress. Deeper still, it’s in the beliefs, behaviours, and fundamental sense of purpose that underpin all that we do.

With more than 150 years of hard work and commitment to making a real difference, our organisation has grown in scale and diversity—approximately 245000 people in 150 countries and territories, providing audit and assurance, tax, legal, risk and financial advisory and consulting services—yet our shared culture remains the same.

Mark J. Geragos

Mark Geragos is our exclusively recommended Entertainment Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mark directly using the contact details listed above.

As the Principal with the internationally known trial lawyer firm of Geragos & Geragos, Mark Geragos cemented his national reputation as a trial lawyer a dozen years ago with back-to-back State and Federal Court jury trial acquittals for renowned Whitewater figure Susan McDougal, later securing a presidential pardon for Ms. McDougal for a conviction sustained prior to his representation of her.

During the last decade, Geragos has won two consecutive dismissals of murder charges against clients by proving flawed eyewitness identification. One of those clients later won a $1.7 million settlement when the Geragos firm sued the City of Glendale for their false arrest of that client. In another twelve-week murder trial where the victim was the defendant’s four-year-old daughter, Geragos was the lead lawyer where the jury did not convict his client. He was the attorney who successfully represented Chris Brown last year.

Geragos won dismissal of prostitution charges against James Bond movie director Lee Tamahori; dismissal of all felony charges – including kidnapping and torture – for Hung Bao Zhong, the recognised exiled leader of China’s shadow government with an estimated 38 million followers worldwide; dismissal of murder charges for the third time for a USC co-ed charged with murder in the death of her fetus; and dismissal of a decades-old murder charge against Japanese national Kazuyoshi Miura, a case christened the “Japanese O.J. Case” by Japanese media.

Geragos was one of the lead lawyers in a pair of groundbreaking Federal Class Action Lawsuits against New York Life Insurance and AXA Corporation for insurance policies issued in the early 20th century during the genocide of over 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turk Regime, eventually settling these two cases for more than $37.5 million. He is currently suing the Government of Turkey for reparations arising out of the Armenian Genocide.

Geragos is the only lawyer besides Johnnie Cochran ever named “Lawyer of the Year” in both Criminal and Civil arenas. California Law Business Magazine named Geragos “One of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” three years in a row, and Geragos has repeatedly been voted by his peers as one of Los Angeles’ SuperLawyers. His $59 million jury verdict in a trade secrets case against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Corporation was voted both “Top Ten Verdicts in 2008 in California” by the Daily Journal, as well as “Top Fifty Verdicts in the United States” by the National Law Journal.

Mark Geragos has represented some of the most prominent figures in the world. His client list has included former Congressman Gary Condit, former first brother Roger Clinton, Academy Award-nominated actress Winona Ryder, pop star Michael Jackson, Nicole Ritchie, singer Chris Brown, hip hop stars Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale and Sean “Diddy” Combs (aka Puff Daddy), international arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian, and the Sarkisyan family, whose seventeen-year-old daughter died when Cigna Corporation refused to authorise a liver transplant. For the last several years, Geragos has represented Barry Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, in his matter relating to the Federal Investigation into steroid use in Professional Sports.

Geragos has regularly appeared as both guest and legal commentator on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Dateline NBC,” “Larry King Live,” “Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record,” “60 minutes,” and “48 hours,” and has lectured extensively and authored numerous articles and Law Review publications on the subject of Media and the Law.

Mark Geragos attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, and later earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He was born in Los Angeles.

Jason Oppenheim

Jason Oppenheim is our exclusively recommended Real Estate Broking Services expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jason directly using the contact details listed above.

As President and Founder of The Oppenheim Group, Jason leads a team responsible for representing buyers and sellers of distinguished properties throughout Los Angeles.

He received his law degree and undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and first in his class. While at UC Berkeley, Jason held a position as an instructor in the Political Science and Legal Studies Departments.

After law school, Jason joined the Los Angeles office of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers where he represented a broad range of corporate clients including the former Chief Executive Officer of Enron Corporation in a multi-billion dollar civil class action as well as the widely publicised Enron criminal trial.

He later represented Advanced Micro Devices in a worldwide monopolisation suit against IntelCorporation. Jason’s trial work, along with others’, has been featured prominently in The American Lawyer, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other major publications.

Following a successful career in law, including a prominent victory at the United States Supreme Court, Jason left his legal practice to follow five generations of family real estate tradition that began in 1889 when his great-great grandfather started one of the City’s first real estate companies.

Jason initially joined Coldwell Banker and quickly established himself as one of the Nation’s leading realtors – their team was recognised as the #1 Real Estate Team on the West Coast. After only three years in the business, Jason founded The Oppenheim Group brokerage at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Sunset Plaza Dr., where he and his team currently sell more than 100 properties a year, including many record-breaking transactions.

He closed several of the highest priced sales on the Sunset Strip including the largest sale ever recorded and the highest priced sale per sq. ft., the largest Beverly Hills land sale, the highest priced commercial sale per sq. ft. in Beverly Hills and the highest priced sale in Outpost Estates.

He currently has more than $300 million in active listings including one of the largest listings in Los Angeles at $100 million.

Jason receives significant attention within the real estate community and beyond; as a selling agent on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, host of ABC’s Beautiful Homes & Great Estates, a listing agent on HGTV’s Selling L.A, identified as a Top 25 Agent in Los Angeles by The Hollywood Reporter 2015-2018, often featured in prestigious magazines including, Los Angeles Confidential, Angeleno, Beverly Hills Lifestyle, and on the front page of the Daily Journal.

His properties have also been featured in many of the world’s most prestigious real estate magazines, periodicals, websites.

Throughout his career, Jason has travelled to more than seventy-five countries on five continents identifying select properties and leading numerous multi-million dollar real estate transactions. He is also constantly dedicated to enriching the profession, where he has been hired to teach Real Estate Practice at the University of California, Los Angeles and has been retained to provide expert testimony in real estate litigation cases.

Marilyn Klinger

Marilyn Klinger is our exclusively recommended Construction Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Marilyn directly using the contact details listed above.

Marilyn serves as the Managing Partner of SMTD Law’s Los Angeles office. She is involved in all aspects of construction law on a state and national level, representing the full spectrum of the construction industry, from owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties.

Marilyn’s practice includes time-related claims and litigation, legal advice and counsel regarding the contracting process, payment enforcement / defence, administrative and scope claims and litigation and counselling and transactional services to the construction industry. In addition, she has extensive experience in dispute resolution including litigation, trial, appeals, arbitration and mediation.

Marilyn is a hard-working “straight shooter.” Early in her career, she became a pioneer in construction law, being one of the first women attorneys to practice in the primarily male field. Through her passion and unique intelligence she has established a vital, nationwide practice involved in all aspects of construction law and a career marked by increasingly prominent leadership positions.

Marilyn is recognised as an innovator in legal problem-solving and as a thought leader who is a frequently published author and sought-after speaker for professional legal, construction and educational publications and organisations. Marilyn loves humour and thinks everyone is way too serious.

Daniel Morris CPA

Daniel Morris CPA is our exclusively recommended International Tax Services expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Daniel directly using the contact details listed above.

Daniel is a sought after global expert in multi-national business structuring, tax optimisation, and asset protection. Leveraging over thirty years of holistic accounting, tax, and business advisory services to successful entrepreneurial and family-based enterprises, he serves emerging and middle markets worldwide.

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Morris+D’Angelo is a boutique firm supporting the sophisticated needs of high net worth families and their related entities with Family Office Services of Coordinated Customised Opportunities and Solutions in areas of Luxury Engagement, Private Equity Introductions, Tax Optimisation Strategies, Asset Protection, Wealth Preservation, Family Governance, and Associated Services.

Based in California’s Silicon Valley for over the past 20 years, Morris+D’Angelo has effectively provided San Francisco Bay Area’s top talent with unique Financial Solutions.

California, a western U.S. state, stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its terrain includes cliff-lined beaches, redwood forest, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert. The city of Los Angeles is the seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry. Hilly San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and cable cars.

Francis O. Scarpulla

Francis Scarpulla is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Francis directly using the contact details listed above.

A 50+ year veteran of the San Francisco antitrust bar, Francis has recovered billions of dollars for consumers worldwide since 1970. Francis scope of work is truly global: he is active in class action cases in both the United States and Canada, and was admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors in the United Kingdom in 2010. In addition to practicing law, Francis was the past Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the California State Bar. He has participated in both ABA and CEB panels on competitive business practices, as well as being a guest lecturer in MBA programs. Francis was also an instructor at The University of California, Hastings College of the Law and an adjunct professor of Antitrust Law at Golden Gate University Law School. Francis is on the approved list of mediators for the Northern District of California, the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Upon graduation from Hastings School of Law in June 1967, Francis became an associate in the Law Offices of Joseph L. Alioto with responsibilities for the preparation of complex civil antitrust cases. In November 1970, Francis formed his own firm and continued prosecuting complex civil cases. In June 2006, Francis joined the firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason as a senior partner where he led that firm’s antitrust practice until March 2015, when he returned to his original firm.

Francis has participated in many federal antitrust class actions which have served to develop both state and federal law. Francis has been appointed as lead or co-lead for indirect-purchaser plaintiffs’ counsel in many federal class actions, which position has led to outstanding settlements on behalf of plaintiffs. See, for example, In re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1827.

Francis is on the approved list of mediators for the Northern District of California, the State Bar of California, and the San Francisco Bar Association. He has taught antitrust law courses at several bay area law schools, including University of California’s Hastings School of Law, the University of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University Law School.

Francis specialises in prosecuting complex civil cases, primarily antitrust lawsuits, most of which are Class Actions. Francis is an advocate for the plaintiff.

Francis Scarpulla received his B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley; and his J.D. at University of California, Hastings School of Law.