Joe Epps has been specializing in Forensic Accounting for over 30 years. During that time he has testified as an Expert Witness in Federal and State courts on a variety of issues. His testimony has included business income losses, extra expense losses, financial motive for arson, various types of fraud, economic damages in personal injury claims, business valuation, and other types of economic damages. He has testified in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Arizona.
Joe’s passion and experience for Forensic Accounting resulted in him becoming a Faculty Associate teaching a graduate level course on Forensic Accounting. He is on the faculty of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Joe also teaches seminars and speaks at conferences for various organizations. These organizations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois Foundation of CPA’s, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Property Loss Research Bureau, International Law Enforcement Audit Association, National Association of Special Investigation Units and the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators. He has also taught various subjects involving economic damages and insurance claims for insurance companies including Secura Insurance, Frankenmuth Insurance, Auto-Owners Insurance Company, Chubb Insurance Group, Federated Insurance Company, Scottsdale Insurance Company, State Farm Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance Company and Farm Bureau Insurance Company.
Joe has been the founder of two CPA firms specializing in Forensic Accounting. His first firm was founded in 1981 in Livonia Michigan and was sold to his partners in 2003. Joe then started his new firm in 2003 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He continues as the President of Epps Forensic Consulting.
On a personal level, Joe and his wife ride their tandem bicycle almost 2,000 miles each year. He also participates in bicycle road races and hiking. His most recent hiking achievement was for him and his son Karl to hike from the South rim of the Grand Canyon to the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Canyon and back out on Father’s Day 2009. The pair emerged from the Canyon weary but elated at achieving their goal of completing the 20-mile hike in 8 hours. They followed that hike up with a North to South Rim hike for Father’s Day in 2010, again emerging weary but elated after achieving their 24+ mile goal in about 10 hours. Joe is also an amateur photographer with far more enthusiasm than skill.