Dan Baldwin 2013-12-27 11:56:26
Tim Tribe, CPA/CFF, CFE, CICA, is an expert in forensic accounting, a field that includes fraud issues, analysis of accounting records for litigation, damages calculations and questions of accountants’ standard of care. He has been a practicing accountant for more than 16 years, eight-and-a-half of those years in forensics. “It may sound cliché, but I really enjoy all the cases I work on. The unique twists in each one are a source of challenge and excitement to me. That being said, the fraud cases are always a special kind of challenge,” Tribe says. In addition to providing opinions on key areas of a case, he is frequently involved in the discovery process by assisting in preparing requests for production and interrogatories. He has crafted deposition questions for opposing witnesses and sat in on some of those depositions to help guide additional lines of questioning as the circumstances may require. Additionally, Tribe has helped provide affidavits on key discovery issues being argued in front of the court and he has been asked to attend several mediations to assist in explaining critical financial issues to the mediator. Tribe has issued written opinions in more than 40 cases and has testified in arbitration, deposition and trial. Litigation was the natural extension of preparing work that is specifically designed to be used as evidence in a court of law. Additionally, part of his career involves teaching accounting principles at the college level. “Providing testimony is, in my opinion, an extension of that exercise; you are providing instruction, only now it’s to a trier of fact – a jury or a judge,” he says. He became interested in accounting in high school and chose it as his major when he enrolled at Arizona State University. There, he learned of accountant’s possible roles in forensics, though it was still a young field. “During my second year on the job, I had the opportunity to work on a fraud matter that really got me thinking more about forensics as a full-time career. A few years later, the opportunity presented itself and I’ve never looked back,” he says. Tribe believes he brings his clients a unique blend of professional experience, which includes five years as an auditor with one of the largest accounting firms in the world; three years in academia during which he taught students accounting principles and learned the skills involved in performing rigorous research on complex questions; the ability to appeal to different audiences on the fly; and a passion for the craft. “I really enjoy what I do,” he says. “Every case is different; there’s a new set of challenges to be explored and analyzed every single time. One might think the novelty would eventually wear off, but over nearly nine years I’ve found a new twist in each case that provides unique challenges and opportunities,” Tribe says. In December 2013 Tribe began a new chapter of his professional career by joining his solo practice with REDW, LLC. REDW is one of the 10 largest and most respected full-service CPA and business consulting firms in the Southwest. With nearly 200 employees in Phoenix and Albuquerque, REDW serves the tax, audit, accounting and financial needs of a wide range of clients. The firm also boasts a seasoned team of experts in the areas of forensic accounting, litigation and business valuation services. Tribe says, “I’m thrilled to be building practice synergies with the managing team in the Phoenix office – Sandy Abalos, Mike Allen and Stephen Harris. I’m also excited to be working with REDW’s talented business valuation and forensic accounting experts based out of Albuquerque – Carl Alongi, Tim Kelly and Ed Street. These professionals bring an unrivaled amount of experience and knowledge to the table and I’m honored to be their point man on the ground here in Phoenix.”
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