David Bell

Managing Director

David has almost 25 years of experience in public accounting, private industry and transactional services. Since joining Brandlin & Associates in 2003, he has assisted in over 75 mergers and acquisitions transactions ranging in value from $5 million to $250 million. He also has contributed to several litigation support and forensic accounting assignments for senior and mezzanine lenders.

David has provided expert testimony in United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California – Los Angeles Division regarding fraud, conversion and civil conspiracy matters. Among several successful outcomes involving litigation, his work and testimony were instrumental in obtaining a $40 million judgment against the defendant’s principals in a civil matter. In another matter, he provided expert testimony for the bankruptcy Trustee’s prosecution of accounts receivable debtors, leading to a series of default judgments and negotiated settlements.

A wide range of clients across a broad spectrum of industries benefit from David’s thorough approach to providing forensic accounting, litigation support and financial advisory services. He is particularly skilled at advising capital sources and their clients, counsel and creditor committees regarding accounting malpractice theories, sources and methods of recovery and restructuring alternatives.

David frequently gives presentations to banks, law firms and finance-related organizations on topics including: Financial Due Diligence: What Matters Most; Uncovering Landmines: Lessons Learned Conducting Forensic Accounting; and Financial Statements for Attorneys.

Prior to joining Brandlin & Associates, David was Manager of Financial Reporting for the mortgage division of one of the nation’s largest, publicly-held, residential builders. His responsibilities included financial planning and budgeting, due diligence and compliance reporting. David began his career at Ernst & Young LLP in Los Angeles where he was an audit manager. His clients included both private and public companies of varying sizes and industries, including financial services, pension plans, software and manufacturing.

David graduated from the University of Southern California in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.