James L. Canessa

James L. Canessa

President & Cofounder

Expert Witness Experience

  • Consulted on more than 170 business disputes involving civil and criminal litigation such as:

    • Valuations / Appraisals / Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Contested M&A Transactions
    • Lost Profits
    • Insider Trading
  • Trial experience:

    • Consulting expert in 27 cases that went to trial
    • Testified at trial and deposition on matters relating to valuation and lost profits​
  • 30 years experience in the M&A field:

    • Advised attorneys in business litigation matters on M&A transactions with an aggregate deal value of $266 billion
    • Completed 60 acquisitions as former Head of M&A at Sonus


  • University of Rochester
    Simon Business School
    M.B.A., Finance (2002)

  • University of Oregon
    B.S., Finance (1993)


Professional Organization

  • American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
    Accredited Senior Appraiser
    in Business Valuation

Selected Delaware Court Of Chancery Experience

On Behalf of Petitioners/Plaintiffs

  • Madison Square Garden Entm’t Corp. S’holders Litig.
  • Wheels Investors LLC, et al. v. LM Holdco, Inc.
  • Klein v. H.I.G. Capital, L.L.C.
  • Shekhawat v. Quinnox, Inc.
  • In re Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation Deriv. Litig.
  • In re Handy & Harman, Ltd. S’holder Litig.
  • Dieckman v. Regency GP LP
  • Obsidian Management, LLC v. Xura, Inc.
  • Kleinman v. Xstelos Holdings, Inc.
  • ACP Master, Ltd. v. Sprint Corp.
  • Galler v. The Aristotle Corporation
  • Rohm and Haas Company v. The Dow Chemical Company
  • In re Loral Space & Commc’ns Inc. Consol. Litig.
  • Williamson v. Cox Communications, Inc.
  • Lillis v. AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.
  • Liberty Wanger Asset Management, LP v. Aquila, Inc.
  • In re TeleCorp PCS, Inc. S’holders Litig.

On Behalf of Respondents/Defendants

  • Bamford v. Delaware Valley Regional Center, LLC
  • Riche v. Pappas
  • Dermatology Assoc. of SA v. Oliver St. Derm. Mgmt. LLC
  • Manichaean Capital, LLC v. SourceHOV Hldgs., Inc.
  • Blueblade Capital Opp. LLC v. SciQuest, Inc.
  • In re Appraisal of GFI Group, Inc.
  • In re Riverstone National, Inc. S’holder Litig.
  • City of Daytona Beach Police and Fire Pension Fund v. ExamWorks Group, Inc.
  • Sauer-Danfoss, Inc. S’holders Litig.
  • LongPath Cap., LLC v. Ramtron Int’l Corp.
  • In re Appraisal of NetSpend Hldgs., Inc.
  • In re Appraisal of Ancestry.com, Inc.
  • In re Orchard Enters, Inc.
  • In re Trados, Inc. S’holder Litig.
  • Gholl v. eMachines, Inc.

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