Ronald H. Schmidt

Ronald H. Schmidt

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Ron Schmidt is an expert in business valuations, economic analysis, and damages estimation, with over 25 years of professional experience.

Ron has performed over 100 business valuations for tax (IRC 409A) and financial accounting (FAS 123R) purposes, and has provided analyses and testimony related to intellectual property damages, commercial damages, antitrust damages, and employment related damages.

Ron earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Davis. He also is certified as an Accredited Valuation Analyst by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.


Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA)
Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1983
M.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1979
B.A., Economics, University of California, Davis, 1976

Areas of expertise

Recent news, presentations, and publications

One Solution to the Option Pricing Overvaluation Problem: Using Down and Out Call Options, with L. Schmidt, Business Valuation Update, 2011.

“New Tools for Valuing Private Company Interests In Family Law Matters”, Family Law News, California State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Issue 3, 2010, Vol. 32, No. 2.

“Avoiding Distortion When Using An OPM to Allocate Value: Selecting the Option Term”, with B. Pollock, Business Valuation Update, Vol. 16, No. 5, May 2010.

“Grokster – New Forms of Liability at the Doorstep of VCs and Advertisers?” with R. Siegel and M. Kelleher, Mealey’s Litigation Report: Intellectual Property, Vol. 15, No. 7, January 2007.

“Water Policy in California and Israel,” with S. Plaut, FRBSF Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: 42-55, Vol. 3, 1995.

“Increasing the Efficiency of Pooled Estimation with a Block-Diagonal Covariance Structure,” with J.W. Gunther, Annals of Regional Science: 133-141, Summer 1993.

“Why Water Markets are Good for California Agriculture,” with F. Cannon, in Achieving Water Policy Consensus in California, Edmund G. Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles: 59-69, 1992.

“Location, Branching, and Bank Portfolio Diversification: The Case of Agricultural Lending,” with E.S. Laderman and G.C. Zimmerman, Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: 24-38, Winter 1991.

“Imperfect Information and the Community Reinvestment Act,” with W.C. Gruben and J.A. Neuberger, Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: 27-46, Summer 1990.

“Natural Resources and Regional Growth,” Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco: 3-9, Fall 1989.

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