Forensic Consulting Services

VERTEX’s forensic accounting practice works on actual or anticipated disputes or litigation in matters that involve construction.

Forensic Accounting Services

VERTEX provides construction accounting analysis including complete exposure analysis, joint control account administration, payment bond claim accounting, claim payment administration, accounting software analysis, financial statement evaluation, asset evaluation, salvage valuation, budgeting and cash flow analysis, payroll monitoring, prevailing wage and labor claims, income payroll and sales/use tax analysis, accounting office supervision, interim CFO and accounting staff, cost to complete estimates, construction delay cost analysis, claim and lien release negotiations, and specialized surety reports. VERTEX provides the expertise in construction and fund accounting to meet and exceed client expectations.

Funds Control

When funding a contractor, our clients require experienced personnel in construction and accounting to ensure receipt of funds from the project owner and proper disbursement of funds to subcontractors, vendors, suppliers, labor unions, etc. VERTEX provides expertise in fund control to ensure timely and accurate services.

Expert Services

VERTEX’s pool of experts has individually testified up to 150+ times in state courts, federal courts, traditional arbitration (AAA, JAG, etc.), and ICC arbitration. Our experts are qualified in construction claims, engineering issues, cost estimating, allocation, construction means and methods, surety completion contracting, and surety claims administration.

Construction Project Audits

VERTEX’s forensic accountants perform construction audits for project owners and sureties to ensure that the construction costs billed by the contractor and payments made by the owner are appropriate. Construction audits help to identify actual and potential overpayments, overcharges, and reimbursable expense issues. 

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Key Personnel

Ron Boyle

Ron Boyle, CPA, CGMA

Executive Vice President, Forensic Accounting

Ron Boyle is the Executive Vice President of VERTEX’s Forensic Accounting Group. He has been an accountant for over 30 years, 26 of which have been in the surety, underwriting, and claims field. He has extensive knowledge of independent audits of construction companies. Currently, Mr. Boyle analyzes and reports the potential surety payment and performance bond exposure for various clients and performs on-site investigations of the books and records of bonded contractors; performs internal audit of surety expenditures; analyzes the financial condition of distressed contractors; reviews and analyzes surety payments to subcontractors and suppliers under surety financing agreements. In addition, Mr. Boyle evaluates and analyzes contractor claims against owners and subcontractor claims against contractors. Mr. Boyle also analyzes and reports the potential fidelity bond exposure for various clients and perform investigations of the books and records of parties claiming a loss due to acts covered by the fidelity bond. Mr. Boyle performs traditional accounting functions, such as reviews, compilations, tax research, lost profit analysis, cost segregation analysis and income and employment tax returns. 

News

VERTEX OFFERS WEBINAR COVID-19: Considerations for Surety Professionals

April 1, 2020

On Monday, April 6, 2020, VERTEX will be offering an accredited webinar providing a comprehensive look into impacts COVID-19 is having on the surety industry and considerations for the surety professional. COVID-19 has changed the way we interact, conduct business, and evaluate risk. VERTEX is one of a panel of experts that also includes: Langley…

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For the second year, Denver Business Journal Awards VERTEX as a Top Engineering Firm

March 28, 2020

Denver Business Journal recently awarded VERTEX as a Top Engineering Firm. Announced on February 15th, VERTEX was ranked in the Top 25. Rankings were based on the number of licensed engineers in Colorado since November of 2019. This is the second year that VERTEX has received this prestigious award. Learn more about VERTEX’s work in…

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VERTEX's Jeff Katz and Bill McConnell Present to the AGC on COVID-19 Construction Impacts

March 27, 2020

VERTEX’s Jeff Katz and Bill McConnell presented “The Components of a Comprehensive Project Continuity Plan” as part of the Associated General Contractors of America’s eight-part webinar series on the factors that construction companies need to consider as they strive for business continuity during the COVID-19 outbreak. From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many feared…

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VERTEX is Ready to Assist

March 17, 2020

CEO UPDATE VERTEX has implemented prudent social separation protocols due to COVID-19, but we are up and running at full capacity and we are here to service our clients through these turbulent times. With 500+ employees in 30 regions, VERTEX can help clients with travel bans to cover in-person meetings or site inspections anywhere in…

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CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

February 29, 2020

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Contact VERTEX

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What is an Expert Witness and how can they help me?

March 5, 2019

With the continued growth in litigation over the past several years, VERTEX has seen a steady increase in expert consulting work to support our clients. VERTEX has been retained to act on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in regard to liability and damages. The main goal of expert consulting is to add value to the…

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Measuring the Reasonableness of Completion Costs Post Termination: Part 3

April 12, 2018

So far, we have covered how to determine if completion costs are reasonable and which completion costs should be considered reasonable. As we conclude our series, we will discuss which completion costs should not be considered reasonable. What Costs are Not Reasonable for Recovery? Costs may have been incurred in the completion of the work that are…

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Measuring the Reasonableness of Completion Costs Post Termination: Part 2

April 2, 2018

Last week, we discussed how to determine if completion costs are reasonable. As we continue the series, we will discuss which construction completion costs should be considered reasonable. When Are Costs Deemed Reasonable? Reasonableness can be a subjective determination. In cases of construction contracts under federal contracting guidelines, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) contemplates that…

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Measuring the Reasonableness of Completion Costs Post Termination: Part 1

March 20, 2018

If an owner terminates its contractor for cause, or if a general contractor or construction manager terminates one of its subcontractors for cause, it owes the terminated party as well as its surety, if applicable, a duty to incur only the reasonable and necessary costs to complete the work.[1] In other words, the non-default party…

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Cumulative Impact Claims in Construction Litigation

November 15, 2017

What are Cumulative Impact Claims in construction litigation? If numerous impacts including change orders, directives, differing site conditions, RFI’s, work suspensions, and disruptions affect a construction project, the overall effect of these events is usually greater than the sum of the effect of individual events. Construction claims that occur under such circumstances are referred to as…

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