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We are NOT your typical CPA’s!

When an individual or business is involved in a dispute with financial implications-such as commercial litigation, insurance claims, personal injury, business valuations, securities damages, shareholder disputes or fraud investigations – a Forensic CPA can play a critical role in resolving the matter. Working closely with the legal team, the Forensic CPA can assist by researching and quantifying the dispute’s financial impact and then presenting it in an effective, clear and easy to understand manner.

In the community since 1986, Lara & Weidman Forensic CPA’s, P.A. is a professional Association of Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s), Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA’s), Master Analysts in Financial Forensics (MAFF’s), Certified Financial Forensics (CFF’s) and business consultants dedicated to fulfilling clients’ needs. The firm provides the broad range of technical capabilities and expertise typically seen only at national CPA firms. Professional services include forensic accounting, business valuation, fraud prevention and detection, expert witness and other litigation support services in divorce, civil, and criminal cases. (See “Services” for a complete list.)

Lara & Weidman Forensic CPA’s take pride in the excellent service we provide our clients, and pledge to extend the same superior quality to you and your organization. Indeed, when it comes to complex litigation matters, our proven expertise can provide an important advantage.

Odalys Z. Lara

FOUNDER:

Lara & Weidman Forensic CPA’s, P.A.
Clearwater, FL | Tampa, FL

EMAIL:

olara@lwforensics.com

EXPERIENCE:

  • Certified Public accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)

Odalys Z. Lara, CPA, CVA, MAFF, CFF is the founder of Lara & Weidman Forensic CPA’s, P.A., located in Clearwater, FL, serving the Tampa Bay area. Her extensive experience in providing a broad spectrum of professional services including forensic accounting, auditing, tax, pension and estate planning, provides the technical foundation required to excel as a certified business valuation analyst (CVA), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).

Over twenty years as a certified public accountant, with a wide variety of experience in many different industries, with differing accounting practices and methods, as well as significant tax issues, has provided the technical background needed as a professional providing business valuations, forensic and fraud prevention services, expert witness, and litigation support services. Odalys Lara’s ability to communicate clearly as well as withstand cross-examination and other courtroom dynamics strengthen a case by adding an unparalleled level of credibility and expertise. Clients depend upon her business valuation recommendations in the areas of divorce, mergers and acquisitions, buy-sell agreements, partner and stockholder agreements, damage losses, and succession and estate planning.

Odalys has also earned the premier NACVA designation of Master Analyst in Financial Forensics Analyst in the areas of economic damages and fraud deterrence & detection and AICPA designation of Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). She uses this additional training in forensic accounting to investigate and uncover financial fraud as well as construct fraud prevention programs.

Odalys’ experience includes valuation services for medical and professional practices, service businesses, construction, manufacturing, etc. Her varied background in working in many industries as well as her thirst for up-to-date technical information keeps her on the forefront of business valuation issues.

Odalys’ Services include the following:

  • Business Valuations
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection
  • Personal Injury Economic Assessment
  • Life-style Analysis & Equitable Distribution
  • Stock Portfolio Damage Analysis
  • Divorce Litigation Testimony
  • Insurance Overhead Analysis
  • Economic and Business Damages
  • Expert Witness Testimony

PROFESSIONAL:

  • Certified Public Accountant, Florida
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Building Contractor’s License
  • Member of the IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • Treasurer of Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals (TBACP)
  • Member of American Institute of CPA’S
  • Member of Florida Institute of CPA’S
  • Past Member of FICPA State Taxation Committee
  • Member of Leadership Pinellas and Tampa Bay
  • Past Member of National CPA HealthCare Advisors Assoc.
  • Member National Association of Valuators and Analysts (NACVA)
  • Member of Institute of Business Appraisers

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION:

  • Former NACVA Instructor – Fraud Prevention & Detection Training and
    Forensic Academy of Investigative Methodology.
  • Continuing Education Seminars to the FICPA and local chapters
  • Guest lecturer at various valuation and fraud related seminars
  • Guest lecturer of CLE courses locally
  • In excess of 300 hours of continuing education in the past four years with major emphasis on litigation testimony and trial support relating to business valuations, fraud and litigation testimony

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • Past Member of Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “E”
  • Past Board Member, Morton Plant Mease Healthcare
  • Past Board Member of the Baycare Health System
  • Past President of Leadership Pinellas
  • Past Chairperson, Neighborly Senior Services
  • Past President, Oldsmar/Eastlake Rotary Club
  • Past Treasurer, Oldsmar Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President, American Business Women’s Assoc. (Local Chapter)
  • Past Worknet Pinellas Board Member
  • Member of Clearwater Jazz Force 2004 through 2008
  • Past Suncoast YMCA Audit Committee Member
  • Past Baycare Audit Committee Member
  • Board Member of Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals