Deborah Temkin is a Managing Member of Trace Forensic Experts LLC and leads TRACE nationally and in the Greater Chicago and Illinois markets. Deborah is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and Certified Fraud Examiner. Deborah has 30 years of experience consulting with law firms, in-house counsel, C-Suite executives, senior corporate management, and middle-market and small corporations.
Deborah has a Master’s in International Management and has extensive experience working internationally, across cultures, languages, and time zones. She recently attained the EDEX (eDiscovery Executive) certification through the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists.
Deborah is an International Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a Member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide Network USA, and is the former Director of the Chicago Chapter of Women in eDiscovery. She is also an associate member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Du Page County Bar Association.
Before joining forces with Paul, Deborah built most of her career with a Big 4 firm, assuming leadership positions within a variety of areas of ligation support. She also assumed an internal strategy role, working globally with colleagues in India, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands.
Deborah's industry experience includes retail, manufacturing (including heavy equipment manufacturing), professional services, car dealers, healthcare, life sciences, telecommunications, technology, retail, insurance, utilities, hospitality, for-profit education, not-for-profit organizations and construction. has extensive experience in various aspects of compliance consulting, including developing and assessing, and remediating anti-fraud programs. These include bench-marking studies, fraud risk assessments, fraud response plans, codes of conduct, ethics training, and training of the internal audit and internal investigations divisions of corporations.
Over her career, Deborah has created and pioneered multiple new services, workflows, methodologies, and deliverables for eDiscovery, forensic accounting, auditing, anti-fraud programs, and controls and compliance.
Deborah enjoys teaching and sharing her experience and knowledge with others. Regularly, she presents various topics to groups of attorneys, eDiscovery industry players, and other groups. She also enjoys helping others grow professionally and mentors several younger professionals and university students.
In addition to serving our clients, Deborah collaborates with our TRACE data scientists to develop our proprietary advanced analytics offerings.
Paul Rodrigues is a Managing Member of Trace Forensic Experts LLC and leads TRACE nationally and in the Greater Milwaukee, Greater Madison and Wisconsin markets. Paul is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant with a Master’s Degree in Taxation, and is Certified in Financial Forensics.
Paul has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting profession. He began his practice with a big four public accounting firm and has served as an expert witness or consultant in numerous forensic, fraud, and litigation engagements with damages claims ranging from $1 million to $250 million. He has testified in Federal and State courts, arbitration and mediation.
Paul has been involved with civil and criminal litigation (on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants) including but not limited to: accounting & auditing standards; improper accounting entries; the determination of lost profits, income, assets, or damages; internal investigations, and fraud investigations; securities; civil RICO; bribery and other litigation claims requiring accounting and tax expertise. Paul has performed hundreds of fraud/embezzlement interviews and obtained numerously signed confessions. He has also conducted forensic accounting engagements for both US and India-based companies.
Paul has extensive experience in construction, dealerships, manufacturing, recycling, financial services, banking, insurance, hospitality, higher education, pharmaceutical, and various service-based industries. Issues include shareholder and contract disputes, locating hidden assets, identifying fraudulent transfers, tracing assets, analyzing business valuations, investigating conflicts of interest, leading eDiscovery efforts, and quantifying loss claims arising from contract disputes, financial statement fraud, bank fraud, tax fraud, shareholder and employee fraud, contractor fraud, accounting malpractice, and acquisition disputes involving seller misrepresentations.
He has worked extensively on bankruptcy litigation matters and corporate liquidations, restructurings, and receivership. His clients include commercial, local, state & federal government interests such as the US Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering & Fraud Investigations, and the Wisconsin DOJ. Paul has also been appointed as a forensic accounting examiner by the US Bankruptcy Court and worked on cases in collaboration with the FBI and IRS Criminal divisions. Paul is a past member of the AICPA Litigation Services Task Force. He co-authored the AICPA’s Practice Aid 10-1, “Serving as an Expert Witness or Consultant.” This comprehensive publication provides authoritative guidance on a variety of forensic accounting matters and the role of a CPA in litigation.
Paul is an active lecturer and has taught numerous classes and seminars at the Master's degree level and for various financial, accounting, and legal trade groups for continuing education requirements. He has also authored numerous articles for local and national publications including the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, the Wisconsin Law Journal, and the Fraud Examiner Newsletter distributed by the ACFE.