David Harper

Next Generation Divorce

2358 Drew Street
Clearwater, Florida 33765
United States
Office Phone: 727-726-3600
Member since 2011
Membership Type: IACP

Profession(s)

Financial Professional

David Harper's practice includes specialized expertise in business valuation, forensic accounting, funds tracing, and financial modeling related to matrimonial dissolution and other family law issues, including serving as a financial neutral and joint expert.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Financial, Mediation, Valuation
License(s): Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - (Florida and Georgia) Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Certified Business Appraiser (CBA) Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)

Professional Activities

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Institute of Business Appraisers Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay (Board Member) International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Undergraduate Education

Auburn University (Summa Cum Laude)
Bachelor’s degree in International Business, Finance concentration
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board National Honor Society

Postgraduate Education

University of Virginia
Master’s degree in Accounting

Professional Education

Completed over 100 hours of continuing education directly related to business valuation/forensic accounting during the past three years. Courses provided by:

* American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
* National Business Institute
* Accountants Education Services

Comments

Having served as financial expert in litigation cases and financial neutral in collaborative cases, I recognize the tremendous value of the collaborative process. Collaborative Divorce is often far less expensive and less time consuming for the parties than traditional divorce litigation. Additionally, collaborative agreements often produce superior results since those agreements are typically more detailed and complete than any order that would be issued by a judge after a contested court proceeding. Finally, collaborative divorce creates an environment of reduced stress and mutual respect and helps to lay the groundwork for a better future. My work involves clarifying complex financial matters in an organized and efficient manner. It requires expertise in traditional accounting (tax, accounting, audit) as well as expertise in finance, economics, law, and investigative techniques, but most importantly, it requires not only gathering the facts, but also knowing how to interpret and communicate those findings so that both spouses can understand and make well-informed decisions.