Richard R. Zabel, C.P.A.


Minneapolis Senior Forensic Accountant Richard Zabel

Richard R. Zabel, C.P.A.

Senior Forensic Accountant

Minneapolis Senior Forensic Accountant Richard Zabel


Richard Zabel is a senior forensic accountant with more than 30 years of experience in litigation support, calculation of damages, strategic assessment, financial analysis and a wide variety of business valuations in both public and private sectors.  

His investigative forensic accounting provides attorneys and legal teams with findings in securities litigation, financial litigation, business litigation, and antitrust and trade regulation matters. He has also testified in federal and state courts as an expert in financial and economic matters.

Mr. Zabel conducts strategic assessments of numerous economic and financial issues, including asset-backed securities, mortgage-backed securities, and other types of securities and investments. He also assists in the development of new matters.

While at Robins Kaplan LLP, Richard has also developed the Financial and Economic Consultants Group to support the firm’s attorneys on a variety of economic and financial issues.

Before joining Robins Kaplan LLP, Mr. Zabel was a principal at a financial litigation services firm practicing in the areas of litigation support and capital finance.  Mr. Zabel started his financial career as a member of the professional staff of Touche Ross & Co., now part of Deloitte & Touche, specializing in corporate and partnership taxation matters.


  • "Super CPA Award," Law and Politics Magazine (2001, 2002)
  • University of Denver, M.A.
  • Concordia College, B.A.
Professional Associations
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNSCPA)
Certified Public Accountant
  • Valuation: The ‘Eye of the Beholder’ Causes Disputes
    Co-Presenter, Federal Bar Association and myLawCLE, Webinar (December 17, 2020)
  • Role of the Forensic Accountant in Litigation
    St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 26, 2012)
  • Seeing Fraud Hidden in Plain Sight
    National Association of Credit Management, Credit & Finance Development Group (March 13, 2012)
  • Financial Fraud: Who, Why, and How?
    ALA, Columbus, Ohio (October 7, 2006)
  • Earnings Management or Fraud?
    Minnesota Society of CPAs (September 2005)
December 17, 2020
WEBINAR | Valuation: The “Eye of the Beholder” Causes Disputes
Anne Lockner, Rich Zabel - Federal Bar Association and myLawCLE


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