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Donald R. Bays

Donald R. Bays


Senior Director, Financial Forensics & Valuation Services

Financial Forensics & Valuation Services Phoenix, AZ

Don Bays is a Senior Director for the Financial Forensics & Valuation Services Group at BeachFleischman. Don has over 35 years of experience in private and public accounting, with an extensive background in audit, forensic accounting, valuation, and expert witness services. His industry expertise includes marital dissolution, business valuation consulting, and litigation support services, including quantification of economic damages.

Don has written numerous articles regarding litigation and business valuation topics for the Journal of Accountancy, CPA Journal, Arizona Attorney Magazine, and the Arizona Society of CPAs. He has testified as an expert witness on over 150 occasions for civil litigation cases, including valuation issues, insurance fraud, contract disputes, lost earnings, and property settlement matters in marital dissolutions. Before his accounting career, Don served six years in law enforcement as a police officer and detective.

Additionally, Don is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a Certified Valuation Analyst.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Valuation
  • Economic Damages Quantification
  • Forensic Accounting Analysis
  • Litigation Support
  • Marital Dissolution

Education and Professional Qualifications

  • Accredited in Business Valuation, ABV
  • Certified in Financial Forensics, CFF
  • Certified Public Accountant, CPA
  • Certified Valuation Analyst, CVA
  • University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    • Governing Council (1986 – 1987)
    • Life Member Status
  • Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants
    • President (1985 – 1986)
    • Life Member Status
    • Forensic and Litigation Services Committee, Current Member
  • Arizona State Board of Accountancy
    • Board Member (July 2002 – June 2007)
    • President (July 2006 – June 2007)
    • Editor of Newsletter (1985 – 2002)
    • Investigator (2001 – 2002)
    • Chair of CPA Mobility Joint Task Force (February 2007 – December 2007)
  • Arizona State University Accounting Circle Board of Directors (President 1990 – 1991)
  • CPA Foundation for Education and Research
    • Member of the Board of Trustees (1991 – 1996)
    • President (1992 – 1993)
  • National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
    • The Standards Committee of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (1998 – 2002)