Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting 
  • Damages & Lost Profit Analysis 
  • Expert Witness
  • Fraud Investigation 
  • Intellectual Property 
  • Litigation Support 
  • M&A 
  • RWI Insurance Claims Analysis 
  • Valuation 


  • Automotive 
  • Construction
  • International 
  • Manufacturing 
  • RWI Insurance 


  • CPA
  • ABV
  • CFF
  • CIRA
  • CFE
  • CDBV


  • BS in BA, Central Michigan University


  • 1 Year with Firm
  • 47 Years of Relevant Experience


Rodney Crawford specializes as a consultant and expert in the fields of forensic accounting, economic damages analysis in commercial disputes, automotive industry issues and business valuation. Rod has worked extensively with the large U.S. auto companies and both large and small automotive components suppliers for over 45 years. Rod also has served as financial advisor to bank groups and creditor committees in connection with financial restructuring of a number of insolvent automotive suppliers and other corporate insolvency situations.

In 2002 Rod founded the firm Crawford & Winiarski, which was acquired by B. Riley in 2023. Prior to joining Crawford & Winiarski, Rod was the partner in charge of the Financial & Economic Consulting practices of Arthur Andersen LLP in the Great Lakes Region, after serving as a partner in Andersen's assurance and corporate finance practices.

Rod has served as a financial expert in well over two hundred engagements involving testimony in deposition, trial and alternative dispute resolution settings as an expert in auditing and accounting, commercial economics, financial and operational analysis, fraud investigation, determination of economic damages and business valuation. Rod has also participated in hundreds of additional commercial dispute engagements in a consulting role, a mediation role or where resolution of the matter was achieved without expert testimony. Rod has developed a specialty in assessing post-acquisition claims related to Representations and Warranties Insurance policies and has served as an Arbitrator in post-acquisition disputes.

Rod has been a course instructor, seminar leader and speaker at numerous professional conferences and continuing education programs on topics including auditing and accounting, litigation consulting, accounting theory and practice and forensic accounting.

B. Riley Advisory Services works with lenders, law firms, private equity sponsors and companies of all types. Our Advisory Services are a unique mix of Valuation and Appraisal Services including asset-based lending (ABL) Valuations; Restructuring and Turnaround Management; Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support; Operations Management; Compliance, Risk & Resilience Services; and Transaction Support Services including Due Diligence and Quality of Earnings Reviews. B. Riley Advisory Services is the trade name for GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC, Great American Group Advisory & Valuation Services, LLC, Great American Group Machinery & Equipment, LLC, and Great American Group Intellectual Property Advisors, LLC.