Naperville, Ill. -Sikich LLP, a leading professional services firm specializing in accounting, technology, investment banking and advisory services, is pleased to welcome Jim Godbout, ASA, CVA, CDFA, CFE, CFP, as partner to the firm's business valuation practice and Jim Sullivan, JD, CIG, as director to the firm's dispute advisory practice.

"With Jim Godbout and Jim Sullivan joining the firm, we are making a significant move forward in offering best-in-class service and insights for clients with very specific needs," said Jim Sikich, CEO and managing partner. "Both of these leaders have specialized expertise and impressive backgrounds that will complement what our business valuation and dispute advisory practice areas have been building over the years, and we are fortunate to now have them as part of the Sikich family."

With more than 20 years of experience, Godbout specializes in valuation, dispute advisory, financial consulting and forensic accounting services for numerous purposes, including:


  • Marital dissolutions
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Estate and gift taxation
  • Business succession planning
  • Commercial litigation
  • Economic damage analysis
  • Breach of contract
  • Property tax appeals
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans
  • Class action suits
  • Reasonable compensation
  • Financing
  • Purchase and sale advisement
  • Executive stock options
  • Other tax-, corporate- and litigation-related matters


Among other credentials, Godbout is a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Fraud Examiner who has testified in federal court, state court and at American Arbitration Association proceedings. He holds an MBA from DePaul University and a bachelor's degree in finance from St. Xavier University, and has been trained in mediation and collaborative law.

Sullivan, whose specialties include internal controls assessments and improvement, and fraud investigation, previously served for 12 years as the Inspector General for the Chicago Board of Education. During his tenure, Sullivan's office investigated and exposed multi-million dollar fraud schemes committed by vendors, resulting in criminal convictions and the civil recovery of funds from those vendors. Additionally, he led investigations that uncovered some of the largest employee-orchestrated theft schemes in local government. As Inspector General, Sullivan also served as a member of the Chicago Board of Education's Audit Committee. He earned his JD from John Marshall Law School and holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice from Benedictine University.

For more information about the firm's business valuation or dispute advisory services, visit the Sikich website.

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