A trusted advisor in financial disputes, claims, investigations and valuation.

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Offering You Tailored Advice Through Our Specialized

Economic Damages

Assessment of economic damages involving claims of:

  • Business interruption
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction delay
  • Contract disputes
  • Product liability
  • Property damage
  • Intellectual property theft
  • Employment discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death

Matrimonial Divorce

Services for matrimonial disputes and divorce:


  • Business valuation
  • Pension and retirement assets

Equitable Distribution

  • Marital balance sheet (assets and debts)
  • Pension and retirement assets

Support Calculations

  • Income available for support
  • Living expenses


Forensic accounting investigations involving allegations of fraud and financial wrong-doing:

  • Asset misappropriation
  • Theft
  • Conversion
  • Embezzlement

Business Valuation

Valuations of businesses, business interests and intangible assets for litigation, compliance, transactions and planning:

  • Business and shareholder dispute
  • Divorce

Expert Witness

Offering consultant and litigation support services:

  • Expert witness testimony
  • Case strategy
  • Document, data, and evidence identification, recovery, analysis and management
  • Drafting document requests
  • Analysis of opposing expert opinions, preparation of rebuttals, and cross-examination assistance

Get to know the expert who's here to help you, the face behind Canary,
Your Advisor

Patrick Smith focuses his practice in the areas of forensic accounting, financial disputes, claims, investigations, and business valuation. He works extensively with law firms serving as a consultant and testifying expert, analyzing, and quantifying financial damages in dispute.

Patrick Smith, your advisor

Patrick M. Smith

Patrick likens his forensic accounting skills and experience to being a proverbial financial canary in the coal mine; acting as an early warning detection system to assist clients with obtaining certainty in complex financial matters.

In addition to serving his professional clientele, Patrick is an active member of professional and civic organizations including:

  • The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Forensic and Valuation Services Executive Committee
  • Marshall University Brad D. Smith Schools of Business Department of Accountancy & Legal Environment Advisory Board
  • West Virginia Workers' Compensation Industrial Council
  • Board of Trustees of the West Virginia College and Jumpstart Savings Programs
  • Charleston (West Virginia) Area Alliance Board of Directors; and
  • West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments

Professional Credentials

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) West Virginia Certificate No. 4707
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) Certificate No. 4664
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)


  • Master of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting and Information Systems
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)