Forensic Expert Witness Profile

Professional Consulting

Douglas Johnston, Jr.

Five Management, LLC
100 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 700
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: 310-917-1075
Fax: 310-393-9205


  • Bank President and Multi-Branch Manager
  • Lending & Underwriting - Secured, Unsecured & Guaranteed
  • Due Diligence and Forensic Finance Investigations
  • EVP Finance of largest Private Company in Los Angeles
  • Mergers & Acquisition Specialist
  • Private Equity Transactions
  • Asset-Based Lending and Leveraged Buyouts (LBOs)
  • Business Litigation & Fraud Analysis
  • Over $5 Billion in Closed Transactions



Doug Johnston is an expert witness in banking and mergers & acquisitions, with a focus on due diligence and timeline construction in fraud, breach and fiduciary duty matters. His 30+ year career includes having served as a Co-Founder, CEO, President and/or EVP of leading banking, private equity, and mergers & acquisitions companies. Trained initally at an AAA-rated East Coast bank, he was honored at an early age as President of a bank in Texas, and he later designed, built, staffed and managed five full-service bank offices in Texas and California. His career service includes 19 years in commercial banking, plus 7 years as EVP-Finance & Administration of the largest private company in Los Angeles. Doug has completed due diligence on hundreds of finance matters and has been personally responsible for over $5 Billion in closed debt and equity transactions across the US and Europe. His articles have appeared in Law360 and LegalTech News, among other publications.

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