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Richard R. Sylvester, J.D., Ph.D.

Economic Valuation Specialist, Strategic Planning

Richard R. Sylvester, J.D., Ph.D. is an economist with specialization in valuation. His recent engagements include determination of the value of intangible assets for high technology firms. He is a specialist in determining asset value of real property and operating companies, including goodwill, intangible assets, contingent liabilities, and the discounted value of partial ownership.


For over two decades, Richard has been retained by major law firms and the Board of Directors of major corporations to value corporate stock and partnership shares. His engagements included Comsat and Pioneer Electronics. He was selected by the Internal Revenue Service to substantiate the $800 million income tax underpayment by two large integrated oil companies. He has over thirty years of top-level professional experience, including service on the corporate staff of General Motors and Hughes Aircraft, and the division staff of Lockheed California Company, TRW Systems Group, Northrop-Grumman, and General Dynamics. He has qualified as an expert witness in Federal District Court, U.S. Federal Claims Court, and California Superior Court. As a qui tam plaintiff, he prepared and argued an appeal for the Ninth Circuit, and prepared the Petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.

For over three decades, Richard's background has been listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who's Who in Finance and Industry (1980-2018). He won competitive academic awards from the Ford Foundation, General Motors, the U.S. Federal Government, and the Regents of the University of California (1957-70). He was a featured guest speaker at the 1980 national economic seminar, sharing the speaker’s podium with former President Ford. He was the featured economist on ABC Prime Time Live, June 27, 1991, a documentary nominated for the Emmy. For three decades, he has advised the boards of major corporations and agencies of the U.S. Government regarding strategic planning and direction for federal budget allocation and advanced technology projects.

Richard is the author of several graduate-level textbooks listed in Bowker's Books in Print on economics, ethics, federal tax law, constitutional law, and finance. Published books include: The King Takes Your Castle; City Laws that Restrict Your Property Rights; Treatise, Report to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Senate (2015), Tax Minimization (2008), Calculus for Executive Decisions, Second Edition (2002), Valuation, Property Rights and Partial Interests, (1998), Quantitative Methods (1997), International Transfer Pricing, Second Edition (1994), and Tax Planning, Fourth Edition (1980). His computer software is listed in Bowker's Software Encyclopedia. For two decades, he has taught economics, business law, quantitative methods, and management at UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Loyola, University of Redlands, and California State University. His books, currently distributed by Amazon and Barnes and Noble, have sold over 15,000 copies. His 12 hours of audio lectures on tax planning have been distributed by syndicated national radio broadcast and digital flash drives.


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Federal Tax Law, 1981.

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA, Electronics Engineering, 1971-74.

  • Ph.D., UCLA, Economics, Management, Marketing, Engineering, 1970.

  • M.B.A., USC, Management, Finance, 1962.

  • B.A., UCLA, Letters and Science, 1959.

Guest Speaker

Richard R. Sylvester, J.D., Ph.D. is available to speak at your meeting.  He has been selected to speak on economic projections and tax planning and has been the guest speaker at quarterly meetings of law firms, and executive conferences for large corporations over the past three decades.

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