Top 25 Consultants 2015: James Feltman

James Feltman
Mesirow Financial Consulting
Excellence in Client Service


James Feltman has over 30 years of experience providing a broad range of litigation, forensic and investigative services. He has served as an appointee with a branch of the United States Department of Justice for over a decade.

Ask him about his accomplishments and achievements at Mesirow Financial Consulting and he’ll tell you that he’s most proud of the “market recognition for excellence in the quality of our work product, while maintaining the highest standard of integrity and independence,” he says. Ask him about his motivation, and he’ll say: “The risk of failure or becoming mediocre. No one job is exactly the same as another, and the diversity of opportunities keep me motivated.”

But when you try to define who Feltman is, you can not do it without using the word “expert.”

That’s because he has served as both a consulting and testifying expert, led cross-border forensic and investigative engagements, appointed as an advisor by both Federal (U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy) and State Courts, served as an arbitrator and mediator and has been appointed as a Monitor by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

He also has been established as an expert in determining the underlying fact pattern, establishing liability and determining damages in myriad engagements.

In his capacity as an expert, he has been engaged to provide both consulting and expert testimony in the areas of money laundering, Ponzi schemes, asset tracing and recovery, accounting and financial statement reporting issues, potential causes of action against certain current and former officers, directors and third parties, securities fraud, misrepresentation, hedging and trading in complex securities schemes and bankruptcy and insolvency issues.

Feltman, who previously served as a partner with Arthur Andersen and KPMG, also has substantial experience leading cross-border forensic and investigative engagements on behalf of U.S. and foreign government agencies.

Aside from his client work, another point of pride for Feltman is an internal one, he says, as he serves as a mentor for more senior Mesirow staff who have become managing directors and senior managing directors.

As far as being recognized as one of the Top 25 Consultants for 2015, Feltman says he “appreciates the recognition for a lifetime of work in the consulting arena, which results have been dependent in no small part on our management’s commitment to preserving our core values and the teamwork, and the contribution of others.”

What’s the biggest factor to your success?

“I would say it’s surrounding myself with the best and brightest colleagues along with a focus and dedication to securing the best possible outcome for our clients.”

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