Patrick Chylinski, MAFF, CVA, CFE


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Meet Patrick

Patrick Chylinski is a consulting partner in Armanino’s Downtown Los Angeles office focusing on the firm’s Litigation Consulting and Forensic Accounting practice. He has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, business disputes, forensic investigations, investigations of fraud and financial misconduct, licensing/royalty inspections and business valuations.

He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Riverside, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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Professional History


  • Rothstein Kass
  • Stonefield Josephson, Inc.
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP


  • National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • National Association of Forensic Economics (NAFE)


  • Pepperdine University
  • University of California, Riverside

Speaking Engagements

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Global Fraud Conference: presentation on Fraud and Forensic Investigations for High Profile Clients (2018)
  • California Society of CPAs, Fraud and Financial Investigations Section meeting: presentation on Forensic Investigation for High Profile Clients (2019)
  • California State University at Fullerton, Center for Family Business: Presentation and panel discussion – Ways to Avoid and Mitigate Fraud (2017)


Q. What is it about litigation consulting and forensics that drew your interest?
I enjoy the analytical and investigative aspect of the various types of projects that we work on. We also typically work together as a team, which make the work and the process more interesting and enjoyable. Working through the project and the information and analysis with a critical eye, and helping clients with important and complex issues — these are all things that I enjoy about this profession.
Q. How do you think companies can better prevent fraud?
It’s a good idea to view this as a multi-pronged approach. First and foremost, be aware that fraud is an issue and can impact your business. Then it’s important to have processes and controls in place to lessen the chance fraud will take place, and to identify it quickly if it does happen. It really requires more than just one step or one action. There is a lot you can do, and should do, to help prevent and mitigate fraud.
Q. Make a prediction; describe your vision of the future of the general business environment.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to continue to have a larger impact on business. And as technology changes, and laws and regulations change, businesses and industries will need to keep up and change as well. As the saying goes “the only constant is change.” Helping clients deal with change, the interesting work we’re doing around technology, and some of our industry initiatives here at the Firm are all a big part of what drew me to Armanino.
Q. Describe your work style.
Team oriented, collaborative, analytical and focused. These traits have helped me throughout my career and lend themselves well to the type of work that I do.
Q. What’s your proudest moment?
For me, there’s not one moment, but it’s more of an ongoing thing: being proud of my family, my wife and my kids.
Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life
There have been two big influencers. One is my parents, whose example I live by and who really helped shape me as a person. The other has been several coaches that I played for over the course of my athletic career. Being around different coaching styles and leadership styles, you see what seems to work or not work as well, and what it means to set goals, push yourself and work as part of a team. All of these are important in sports, but also in business and life.
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Patrick's Thought Leadership
How to Maximize Your Cannabis Company’s Valuation in M&A
There are many internal and external factors that impact the value of your cannabis business.

June 07, 2021
Updated May 22, 2023
Blog articles
These actions will be critical for helping identify, prevent and mitigate financial fraud schemes.

March 23, 2020