Advisory Council

Our advisory council consists of highly experienced and respected legal and business practitioners who consult with our Attorneys on legal and business challenges and strategies. Our advisors help us to deliver an exceptional level of service to every client and every case.

Doug Berman

Doug Berman is one of the foremost authorities on sentencing in the U.S. and has worked for many high-profile clients.

He is an expert on criminal law, the death penalty, and sentencing law. He is co-founder and co-faculty Managing Editor, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law and co-managing Editor, Federal Sentencing Reporter. He has a J.D. magna cum laude, Harvard Law School (1993) and an AB summa cum laude (philosophy) Princeton University (1990)

Since 2005, he has been the William B. Saxbe Designated Professor of Law, The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law.

His work on sentencing is often cited by the media and the legal blogosophere as well.

His blog is here:

Edward W. Levine

Ed Levine is the founder of Wagenfeld Levine, LLC Consulting.

In the last 10 years, Ed Levine has consulted to some of the world’s biggest brands working closely with senior management on a variety of special projects. He solves problems by bringing flexible solutions to the equation. Whether it’s recommending a compensation plan for executives of a major U.S. retail chain, or reviewing supply chain operations for a major manufacturer, the task is the same: leverage the opportunity.

Past legal and/or consulting clients include: Donna Karan (DKNY), The Gap, Foot Locker, Payless ShoeSource, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King, FedEx, Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut, Cardinal Health, Airborne Express, Scotts, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, Hertz, Office Max, Office Depot, Shop-Rite, Delta Airlines, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), Xerox, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Cintas, Limited Brands, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Levine has also been a driver of next-generation technology on a variety of levels and has been instrumental in reviewing insurance, risk options and opportunities for businesses, partnerships and strategic alliances.

He is the Founder of Wagenfeld Levine Consulting, LLC and the past founder of Wagenfeld Levine, which was a law firm with 40 attorneys serving Fortune 1000-sized clients. He is a graduate of St. Louis University (J.D.) and from Tulane University (B.A. public policy). He currently contributes to various boards and charities.

His site is here:

David Aronowitz

He is a legal innovator, and on the forefront of legal services, especially as they link technologies with contract lawyers and paralegals nationwide. His firm — Gnoesis — offers unparalleled resources for companies and law firms in recruiting, consulting, and overall models for reducing legal expenses. This forward-thinking President and CEO provides "a new supply chain" model to legal services. Formerly, he was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Prior to that, he was Assistant General Counsel at Insilco.

Aronowitz was also VP and General Counsel at Grimes Aerospace Company. He has a J.D. Law from Yale Law School.

His site is here:

Richard D. Clark, CPA, MBA, CFF

Richard Clark is an expert on forensic accountant and litigation consultant.

He is the former Director, Office of Financial Analysis and Risk Assessment, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), where he established the risk analysis program for the non-profit corporation established by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to regulate the activities of public accounting firms that audit corporations traded on U.S. capital markets.

Clark was the inaugural Director of this Office. He developed, implemented and managed strategic plans to assess the risk of fraud at publicly traded companies to identify audits to be inspected or investigated by the Board to ensure adherence by the audit firms to strict technical and ethical standards in order to restore public confidence in the capital markets after prominent audit failures such as Arthur Andersen, Enron and numerous other complex corporate frauds.

From 1976-2004, he was a Certified Public Accountant of a public accounting firm. The firm emphasized taxation and litigation matters, particularly complex criminal cases, calculation of damages for civil suits and closely-held business valuations for various purposes.

Also during that time (1/1999 TO 8/2000) he was Vice President and CFO, Sunward Corporation and Affiliates (Wedgcor, Inc. and Rockford Manufacturing Limited with assets and sales of approximately $36 million with 500 employees.

A former Tax Manager at Coopers and Lybrand, he was also Group Manager/Acting Chief, Criminal Investigation Division, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a Special Agent, Criminal Investigation Division at the IRS as well as Internal Revenue Agent, Examination Division, Internal Revenue Service.


He testified as an expert witness regarding accounting, taxation, indirect methods of income reconstruction, and calculations of civil damages based on lost profits and contract breaches and valuation of business enterprises in the following Courts:

  • Federal District Courts
    • Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, Maryland
  • Federal Bankruptcy Court
  • United States Tax Court
  • State District Courts and Courts of Common Pleas:
    • Colorado, Wyoming, Ohio, Hawaii
  • Supreme Court of Colorado, Grievance Committee
  • Colorado Probate Court

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