Brian Potter is a Managing Director in the Valuation Advisory group and head of the firm’s Chicago office.  Brian has provided valuation, litigation advisory, and forensic accounting services for numerous purposes, including marital dissolutions, shareholder disputes, estate and gift taxation, purchase price allocation, Employee Stock Ownership Plans, brokerage fraud, bankruptcy, potential transactions and intellectual property valuations. Brian has extensive experience with intellectual property and brokerage fraud litigation, having provided advisory services in several patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secret and securities fraud matters. Additionally, Brian has been involved in the appraisal of real estate for various property types, including office, industrial and retail buildings, and vacant land. Brian has provided services within the context of litigation and has been trained to offer services within various alternative dispute resolution models.

Brian has presented continuing education seminars on business valuation, understanding tax returns, occupational fraud, and computer forensics and e-discovery. He has also published several articles on valuation and other related topics. Brian was a contributing author to the chapter entitled “Valuation in Shareholder and Partner Disputes” in Business Valuation, published by the Law Journal Press.

Prior to joining Stout, Brian was a Consulting Associate with CRA International in its Intellectual Property and Finance practices in Chicago. While at Miami, Brian earned CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America honors for his academic and athletic achievements while a member of the university’s varsity football team.

Select Publications

  • Law Journal Press February 2010

    Contributing author to: Valuation in Shareholder and Partner Disputes, Business Valuation, edited by Ronald S. Longhofer, New York
  • Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Vol. 34, Issue No. 3 October 2012

    Carried Interest and Performance Fee Incentives
  • Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Vol. I No. 13 April 2009

    Effective Use of Section 71 Payments
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter June 2007

    Compensation-for-Contribution: An Alternative Method for Handling Personal Goodwill in Divorce Matters

Select Presentations and Speeches

  • The Association for Conflict Resolution – Chicago Chapter President's Program May 2017

    Use of Financial Experts in Mediation
  • The 12th Annual Association of Divorce Financial Planners Catalyst Conference October 2014

    Mining Personal and Corporate Tax Returns for Hidden Income, Value and Information
  • The 3rd Annual McHenry County Bar Association Networking & Educational Forum April 2014

    Determining Income for Support Purposes
  • Stout April 2013 Webinar

    Valuing Intellectual Property Inside and Outside of a Divorce Proceeding
  • The 2nd Annual McHenry County Bar Association Networking & Educational Forum April 2013

    Current Valuation Complexities, Conundrums, & Confusion
  • The Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Update 2013: A French Quarter Festival April 2013

    Valuation Fundamentals – From Farms to Private Equity Funds
  • The Illinois State Bar Association Business and Securities Law Section Council February 2013

    Valuation Issues Surrounding Buy/Sell Provisions of Shareholder Agreements
  • The Best Practices for Getting Reimbursed: Navigating Private Insurer Requirements Conference January 2013

    Valuation Fundamentals, Metrics, and Value Drivers
  • The DuPage County Bar Association Section of Family Law September 2012

    How to Find Hidden Income & Value in Personal & Corporate Tax Returns
  • The American Bar Association Section of Family Law January 2011

    Unscrambling the Tax Return Jigsaw Puzzle