Steve Olthouse

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Steven Olthouse,
CPA / ABV / CFF/ CGMA / CFE / FCPA

Senior Associate

Mr. Olthouse joined Mueller & Partin in April 2006.  He has extensive experience in performing complex economic analysis, discovery assistance, financial investigations, labor market and industry research, damage quantification analysis, and preparing written reports explaining economic analyses and conclusions reached.

During his tenure at the firm he has consulted on matters involving personal injury, life care plan analysis, wrongful death, business valuation, business interruption & extra expense, business personal property, property loss, repair & replacement costs, inventory & stock loss, maritime and Jones Act, employment litigation, wrongful termination, marital dissolution, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, shareholder & partnership disputes, subrogation, fraud examination, employee dishonesty, construction defect, construction delay and impact analysis, land use / permit claims, piercing the corporate veil, breach of contract, contract surety, environmental remediation, antitrust and proof of economic motive.

Prior to joining Mueller & Partin, Mr. Olthouse was a member of Coram Deo Consulting Group, LLC from 2001 to 2006.  His practice focused on forensic accounting including investigative accounting, economic research, damages analysis and quantification, fraud examination and other litigation support activities.  Mr. Olthouse obtained extensive experience evaluating business interruption claims for a broad spectrum of industries involving companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 public corporations to small private sole proprietorships and professional practices.  He quantified over 300 business interruption claims stemming from natural disasters including Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne in the Gulf Coast region of the United States (2004 & 2005), Super Typhoon Pongsona in Guam (2002) and the Nisqually Earthquake in Washington State (2001).  Mr. Olthouse also conducted over 20 fraud investigations during in tenure.

Mr. Olthouse’s previous professional experience includes various accounting and management positions at Washington Mutual Bank, General Electric Corporation, Enterprise Bank, and Safeco Property and Casualty Insurance Companies.  His experience includes financial reporting (GAAP, OTS, SEC & Statutory), mergers & acquisitions (general ledger integration of Great Western Bank, Western Bank, Bank United, Dime Bank & Enterprise Bank), portfolio accounting, reinsurance accounting, and various operational accounting activities.

Mr. Olthouse obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with Emphasis in Accounting from the University of Washington in 1991.  He has attended various courses and seminars in accounting, insurance, economics, business valuation, and fraud investigation offered by the Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Business Appraisers and other industry organizations.

Mr. Olthouse was a featured speaker for National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) at the National Conference held in San Francisco, California in June 2006.  He was also an instructor for NACVA’s Natural Disaster Workshops held in Atlanta and San Francisco during 2006.  He developed curriculum for valuing business interruption claims for the workshop and participated as a team member in its formation and development.

Mr. Olthouse is a Certified Public Accountant (1998) and is licensed to practice public accounting in the State of Washington. He holds the following credentials:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
     - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
     - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
     - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
     - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
     - Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA)
     - Forensic CPA Society