Jeff Risius is a member of Stout’s Board of Directors and executive team and serves as the firm’s Chief Client Service Officer. In this role, Jeff leads the firm’s practice group presidents in coordinating go-to-market strategies and operating best practices.

Prior to this role, Jeff served as the head of the firm’s Valuation Advisory group. He has over thirty years of experience in providing valuation consulting services and is one of the country’s leading experts in the field.

Jeff has extensive experience in providing transaction advisory services to companies in a wide range of industries and valuation consulting to shareholders, including for estate planning purposes. He also sits on Stout’s Fairness Opinion Committee, which sets internal policy for Stout and reviews the draft opinions that are reached by members of Stout’s Transaction and ESOP Advisory practices. Jeff is frequently engaged as an expert, consultant, or third-party neutral on high-stakes litigation involving complex valuation issues, including shareholder disputes, fraudulent conveyance matters, transaction disputes, and bankruptcy-related valuation litigation.

Jeff has lectured and presented numerous continuing education seminars on valuation, litigation advisory services, succession planning, and transaction advisory services.

Select Publications

  • Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors Journal

    Valuation: The Cornerstone of the Bankruptcy Process
  • Buying and Selling a Business in Michigan June 2016

    Business Valuation Issues
  • Valuation Strategies March 2012

    Valuation’s Crucial Role in the Bankruptcy Process
  • Business Valuation June 2010

    Valuation in Bankruptcy
  • Expert Witness, 2009 Annual Review December 2009

    Business Valuation: Why “Cookie Cutter” Approaches Are Ineffective
  • Trusts & Estates October 2008

    What Price Phelps' Gold
  • American Bar Association December 2007

    Business Valuation: A Primer for the Legal Professional
  • AIRA Journal June 2006

    The Definitions of Value in Bankruptcy
  • AIRA Journal August 2005

    Blind Application of Valuation Multiples Can Blur the Result
  • Illinois CPA Society’s ‘Insights’ May 2005

    Obsolescence ID: How to Identify and Measure Economic Obsolescence in Underperforming Assets
  • ESOP Report May 2003

    Level of Value Implications in Light of Eckelkamp
  • Michigan Defense Quarterly October 2002

    Double-dipping Is Not Just A Problem With Ice Cream: Evaluating Duplicative Claims For Economic Damages
  • State Bar of Michigan’s ‘The Litigation Newsletter' April 2001

    Primer for the Attorney to Understand Financial Statements in the Context of Commercial Litigation

Select Presentations and Speeches

  • Business Boot Camp program sponsored by the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan January 2017

    Business Valuation 101 for Legal Professionals
  • World Services Group (WSG) Annual Meeting September 2015

    To Merge or Not to Merge
  • Estate and Trust Committee of The Taxation Section of the Michigan Bar Association October 2014

    Personal Goodwill Valuation Implications Based on Recent Tax Court Decisions
  • ICLE Business Boot Camp January 2014

    Business Valuations and Appraisals
  • Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors (AIRA) 29th Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference June 2013

    Use of Market Evidence in Distressed Business Valuation
  • Business Valuation Resources March 2012

    Business Valuation Issues in Bankruptcy
  • American Society of Appraisers (ASA) 30th Annual Advanced Business Valuation Conference October 2011

    Business Valuation Issues in Bankruptcy Context
  • ICLE Business Boot Camp November 2010

    Business Valuations and Appraisals
  • United States Law Firm Group September 2010

    Estate and Gift Tax Valuation: Pressing Issues, Financial Explanations, and Typical IRS Inquiries
  • Annual Conference of The Estate Planning Council of Central New York May 2010

    Business Valuation Issues Relevant for Estate Planners
  • ICLE After Hours Tax Law Series: Hot Topics in Estate & Gift Tax February 2010

    Valuation of Family Limited Partnerships and Family Limited Liability Companies
  • Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute October 2009

    Estate and Gift Tax Valuation: How the ‘Black Box’ Actually Works!
  • Business Valuations Seminar hosted by the CPA Associates International (CPAAI) July 2009

    Business Valuation Issues in Bankruptcy
  • Stout Webinar April 2009

    Estate of Litchfield v. Commissioner: The Latest Development in the Evolution of Case Law Recognizing Built-in Gains Tax Liabilities
  • Columbus Bar Association – Bankruptcy Committee March 2009

    Business Valuation Issues in Bankruptcy
  • ICLE Business Boot Camp Program February 2009

    Business Valuation Issues for Attorneys to Understand
  • Michigan Bar’s 2008 LLC and Business Entity Update February 2008

    Business Valuations Issues with Pass-Through Entities
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) National Business Valuation Conference December 2007

    Business Valuation Issues in Bankruptcy Context
  • MACPA Litigation & Business Valuation Conference June 2007

    Advanced Business Valuation Issues
  • Small Business Forum of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan May 2007

    Increasing the Value of Manufacturing Companies – Business Experts Discuss How to Increase Value Before a Manufacturer’s Merger or Acquisition
  • ICLE After Hours Tax Series February 2007

    Valuation Issues in Litigation

Interviews and Media Mentions

  • News Release October 2016

    Stout Expert Testimony Validates Fairness of Stock Valuation in $100MM ESOP Dispute
  • News Release January 2016

    Jeffrey M. Risius Provides Expert Testimony in Charron v. Sallyport Global Holdings, Inc., et al.