Brian Burns
Partner CPA
Forensics & Valuation

Brian leads our Forensic & Valuation Services practice 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 currently serves on the Accredited in Business Valuation Credential Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and previously served on the Business Valuation Committee of the AICPA and as President of the Richmond Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). He has also participated on other committees of the AICPA and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA). 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 the NACVA 40 under Forty recognition program 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.

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

Brian has served both public and private businesses in a variety of industries including, but not limited to real estate, construction, government contracting, financial institutions, healthcare, technology, food service, manufacturing, distribution, dealerships, retail, and professional services.

Professional Organizations
  • American Society of Appraisers. Former Richmond Chapter President and Treasurer
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Member
  • AICPA, Business Valuation Website Task Force, Former Member
  • AICPA, Business Valuation Committee Member
  • AICPA, Forensic and Valuation Services Section, Member
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), Member
  • VSCPA, Business Valuation, Fraud, and Litigation Services Conference Task Force, Former Member
  • Bachelors, Accounting
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelors, Finance
    Virginia Tech
Industry Focus
Service Areas
  • Forensics
  • Valuation Services
  • Fraud & Corporate Investigations
  • Domestic Matters
  • Commercial Damages
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Civic Organizations
  • Junior Achievement Worldwide, Past volunteer and presenter
  • Virginia Society of CPAs Top 5 Under 35 Award Recipient
  • National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts 40 Under Forty Honoree
  • Certified Public Accountant - VA - 38580

  • Accredited in Business Valuation - 3847
  • Accredited Senior Appraiser - 84999
  • Certified Financial Forensics - 5334
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