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Joshua Hedrick, Esq.

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Joshua Hedrick

Josh Hedrick is a member (owner) in Kraft Analytics, LLC, an affiliate of KraftCPAs that focuses on valuation, forensic, and transaction advisory services. Before joining Kraft Analytics in 2009, Joshua worked with a large regional CPA firm in North Carolina in its business valuation and litigation support practice. He began his professional career in the financial institutions industry. 

Josh’s valuation experience includes business valuations, equity interests, debt instruments, intellectual property, and other intangible assets for investment, lending, managerial planning, compliance, accounting, tax, marital dissolution, restructuring, and litigation purposes. 

His forensic experience includes working with attorneys related to valuation issues, transactional disputes, economic damages, intellectual property, corporate investigations, employee fraud, and insurance coverage. 

Josh’s transaction advisory experience includes valuations, fairness opinions, due diligence, and transaction structuring support related to acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, divestitures, equity investments, lending transactions, and generational transfers. 

His other consulting experience includes industry and competitive analysis, business strategy, compensation studies, and capital project analysis. For more than a decade, Josh’s consulting and advisory practice has focused on issues related to economic value. 

Josh’s major areas of practice include, but are not limited to, business valuations, financial instrument valuation, intangible property valuation, damages computations, mergers and acquisition consulting, equity and financing transaction consulting, and cash flow and capital investment modeling. He has broad industry experience, including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, professional services, entertainment, transportation, software, life sciences, retail, construction, distribution, and real estate. 

Josh presents frequently to attorneys and executives on various topics related to valuation, exit planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Ryan Myers, Esq.

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Ryan Myers

Ryan Myers is a senior manager in the assurance services department of KraftCPAs. As such, he is responsible for planning and executing engagements, building client relationships, and managing/reviewing the work of other team members, as well as preparing and presenting reports to clients.

Ryan performs a variety of services, including external audits, reviews, agreed-upon procedures, merger & acquisition assistance, due diligence, internal control review engagements, and litigation support.

Ryan is a key member of the firm’s manufacturing/wholesale/distribution (MWD) team, focusing primarily on this industry and serving more than a dozen MWD clients. He has extensive experience with the implementation and testing of internal controls around manufacturing processes, as well as consolidating multi-company, multi-currency entities involved in manufacturing. He has also assisted in structuring recommendations regarding inventory costing and control processes.

His MWD clients have ranged from start-ups to large manufacturers with operations in foreign countries and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies. His clients have included food manufacturers, chemical manufacturers, medical equipment manufacturers, paper product distributors, trailer manufacturers, stamping and steel fabricators, and licensed non-apparel distributors, among others.

Ryan also has extensive experience providing assurance services to broker/dealers and investment companies. In addition, as a member of the employee benefits team, he manages multiple benefit plan audits.

Ryan, who has 11 years of experience in public accounting and more than two years in the private sector, joined Kraft in 2008.

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Jonathan Hawkins, Esq.

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Jonathan Hawkins is a business lawyer for lawyers. He helps attorneys and law firm owners identify, understand, and navigate the legal, business, and ethics-related issues that stem from running a law practice.  More specifically, he assists lawyers and law firms in starting law firms, law firm structuring, partnership agreements, lateral moves, separation agreements, law firm dissolutions, attorney fee disputes, risk management, buying, selling, or closing a practice, and ethics advice. While always seeking to avoid lawsuits, he has litigated and tried contentious lawyer breakup cases.

Jonathan practices in Atlanta, Georgia at his own firm, Law Firm GC, and is licensed to practice in Georgia and North Carolina. He’s been named as a Top 100 Lawyer in Georgia by SuperLawyers every year since 2017 and has an AV Preeminent Peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2016, he was recognized as one of the Most Influential Attorneys in Georgia.  You can contact him at www.yourlawfirmgc.com or jhawkins@yourlawfirmgc.com.

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Gerardo Balboni, Esq.

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Gerardo Balboni has over twenty years of corporate law experience representing companies and individuals that buy, sell, and invest in growth businesses. Gerardo represents growth companies seeking venture capital investment, venture capital and private equity funds, buyers and sellers of businesses, and licensors and licensees of technology and software. He speaks to groups on topics such as software licensing, acquisition of technology companies, venture capital, and controlling legal costs in corporate finance transactions.

Gerardo has written the recent developments column for the Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and has written articles on topics involving venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and taxation. He is a member of and an active participant in the Atlanta Venture Forum, the Technology Alliance of Georgia, the Computer Law Association, the committees on the Law of Cyberspace, Small Business, and Negotiated Acquisitions of the Business and Banking Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the Technology Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

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Milton A. Vescovacci, Esq.

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Milton is a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Miami office and chairs the Miami office’s Corporate Practice. Milton concentrates in general corporate, corporate and structured finance, lending, mortgage banking, securities, venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance and compliance. He has experience in various industries, including banking, finance, mortgage (residential, multifamily and commercial), real estate, automobile, aviation, maritime and admiralty, gaming, timeshare, securities, hospitality, restaurant, retail, technology, sports, entertainment, franchising, beverage and spirits, logistics and transportation and fashion and education.

Milton represents domestic and foreign companies of all sizes with U.S. operations or distribution points of all sizes in a variety of legal matters, including general corporate, commercial, real estate leasing and purchases, intellectual property, licensing, franchising, corporate governance, distribution and compliance, and serves as outside general counsel to several medium and small-sized companies.

Milton represents lenders and borrowers in single lender and syndicated secured and unsecured credit facilities, loan warehousing facilities structured as lines of credit, repurchase or reverse repurchase facilities, asset- or receivables-based credit or purchase facilities, loan participations, conduit or nonrecourse commercial mortgage loan financings, project financings, and letters of credit. Milton represents sellers and purchasers in whole loan pool sales of various asset classes. He also represents banks and financial institutions in hedging instruments, swaps and derivatives contracts with broker-dealer counterparties. Milton also represents lenders in workouts and loan restructurings and disposition of distressed loans or assets.

Milton represents issuers, underwriters and trustees in capital market transactions such asset- and mortgage-backed securities, corporate debt offerings, tenders and exchange offers, and cross-border offerings. Milton has experience in Troubled Asset Relief Program capital securities transactions and in the creation and sale of Government Sponsored Enterprises and Agency securities.

Milton represents issuers, private equity funds and hedge funds in all aspects of the issuer’s or fund’s activities, from formation to capital raisings and offerings, from corporate governance to acquisitions and mergers and joint ventures, and in liquidation and dissolution. He also represents investors and limited partners in domestic and offshore investment funds.

Milton represents buyers and sellers in the sale or merger of business operations. He also advises members of the board of directors and controlling shareholders (in closely held companies) on corporate governance matters and other matters affecting the client.

Milton represents talent and production companies in entertainment law matters including music, film and television contracts; distribution; financing; procurement and defense of intellectual property rights; royalties; company formation; and tax.

Milton has represented U.S. companies with compliance with OFAC regulations related to Cuba and is a regular speaker about the topic of US-Cuba relations in business or legal conferences and roundtables.

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Ted Burkhalter, Esq.

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Ted is the founder of Burkhalter and Associate, PC., a full-service CPA and Law firm. In addition to his legal and CPA education, he also obtained an MBA in International Human Resource Management with an undergraduate degree in Accounting. He has served as an expert witness for many business valuation cases and has been a guest speaker on taxes and tax planning for local chambers of commerce, television, and radio programs. Ted has assisted in both legal counsel and chief financial officer for firms in the Tennessee and Atlanta market area. He has previously served as the County Commission for Blount County for several years and has had a significant involvement in other local community activities. Ted currently serves as the Regional Board of Director for the American Red Cross and displays his liveliness and great sense of humor by dancing as the Rat King in “The Nutcracker” in Blount County Christmas play every year.

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Saul Soloman, Esq.

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Over Saul’s 35-year career, he has held legal and management leadership roles in the private and public sectors, with law firms, businesses, and the City of Nashville. Saul began his career as an associate in a New York law firm, Seward & Kissel, representing investment banks engaged in corporate financing. In 1985, Saul moved to Nashville and became an assistant public defender. As an assistant PD, he appeared daily before Davidson County’s Criminal and General Sessions courts and tried both felony and misdemeanor cases.

In 1988, Saul shifted back to the private sector, working first for Equicor, a health care joint venture, and then Northern Telecom, a telecommunications manufacturing and service company. As in-house counsel in these companies, Saul worked primarily in the areas of corporate transactions, human resources and litigation management.

In 1993, Saul began his eighteen-year career with Bridgestone Americas. He started in the law department, working on corporate transactions and financings, as well as handling the legal work for the company’s major international subsidiaries in South America, Asia, and Africa. In 1997, Saul moved to the Human Resources department and became Vice President of Labor Relations responsible for Union contract management and negotiation, including “master” contract negotiations involving multiple tire and rubber product plants covering thousands of union employees.

In 2000, in the wake of the Ford-Firestone Explorer rollover crisis, Saul returned to the law department as General Counsel. He spent the next three years leading the company’s response to this challenge, which included six congressional hearings, hundreds of serious personal injury and class action cases, federal criminal and regulatory investigations, and a multi-state Attorney General action.

In 2007, Bridgestone acquired an Iowa-based retreading company, and Saul was asked to manage this $1Billion business as President of Bandag, Inc. and, ultimately, to integrate the business into Bridgestone’s truck tire business. This began Saul’s career as a business leader for Bridgestone, culminating in his leadership of Bridgestone’s commercial tire businesses and then leadership of the company’s Latin American operations. Saul was a member of Bridgestone’s seven person Executive Committee, which is the key strategy and policy development arm of the Company.

In 2012, Saul returned to the public sector as Director of Law for the City of Nashville in the Dean administration. Nashville’s seasoned law department handles all federal and state lawsuits and claims and is responsible for all legal work generated by the City’s departments. In his capacity as Director of Law, Saul was a key advisor to the Mayor, the Finance Director, and the Deputy Mayor.

In January 2016, Saul joined Klein Bussell, PLLC, where he puts his vast experience to work for businesses both small and large, a major university, and individuals.

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Preethy Prakash, Esq.

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As the Director of Account Management & Corporate Counsel at eBrevia, Preethy is responsible for interfacing with clients around the world, ensuring that eBrevia’s technology addresses their needs. Preethy also assists with the review of internal contracts, implementation of strategic partnerships, marketing and product development. Preethy brings a broad range of legal and business experience to the company. Prior to joining eBrevia, she practiced corporate law in the New York offices of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Pryor Cashman LLP. Preethy represented private equity funds, strategic investors, venture capital funds and startup companies in mergers, acquisitions, financings and general corporate matters. Preethy also worked in operations at another legal technology company, Should I Sign, prior to joining eBrevia. Preethy holds a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Nicholas Guerra, Esq.

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Nicholas (“Nick”) Guerra is an associate in the Tax, Trusts and Estates Department of Cole Schotz P.C., representing high net worth individuals, families and business owners. Nick creates business succession and estate transfer plans designed to preserve wealth, minimize taxation and enhance family relationships. To accomplish these goals, Nick assists clients in the establishment of protective entity structures, charitable trusts, dynasty trusts, life insurance trusts, foreign and domestic asset protection trusts, and leveraged gifting transactions.

Before joining the firm, Nick worked for two Am Law 100 law firms representing actors, directors, writers and producers residing in Los Angeles, CA, start-up companies located in Silicon Valley, CA and hedge fund managers residing in New York, NY.

Nick earned his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting in 2005, his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2007 and his LL.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law in 2009.

Nicholas is admitted to practice law in Florida, New York and California.

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Michael Mills, Esq.

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Michael began his legal career in Nashville at the law firm of Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C. (aka h3gm), where he served as an associate in its corporate practice group for seven years. When h3gm dissolved in early 2016, Michael found himself in need of a new home, preferably one that would permit him to continue practicing in the efficient, client-centric way he had emphasized while at h3gm. Upon meeting Kevin, Allison, and Saul with Klein Bussell, he knew he had found that new home, and joined the firm as a member in March 2016.

Michael’s law practice encompasses a wide range of corporate subject matter, including assisting clients with structuring corporate transactions and joint ventures, negotiating private equity investments (whether on behalf of investors or founders), negotiating complex commercial contracts, and structuring and negotiating secured transactions. Michael particularly enjoys the opportunity to engage with clients on a long-term basis and learn their business in depth. Michael has found that having such knowledge ultimately leads to greater efficiency and vastly better legal work product, both of which his clients seem to appreciate.

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