Stout Risius Ross, LLC. is a leading valuation advisory, investment banking, dispute consulting, and management consulting firm founded in 1991 and headquartered in Chicago., 1991 - Craige Stout founds the firm in Detroit, providing valuation services to clients. Beginning with a two-person team in a living room, the Detroit office has grown to one of the largest in the firm., 1997 - Established its Investment Banking group, offering advice on mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising, and other services for business owners, private equity portfolio companies, and corporate divisions., 1998 - The Dispute Consulting group launches, delivering a variety of services, including expert testimony, litigation consulting, investigations, compliance, and special assignments., 1999, Stout’s Restructuring Group started. The firm opened offices in Cleveland and Chicago in 2000 and 2001 and had a total of 100 employees., Stout opened the Tysons Corner office in 2004 and added ESOP professionals, Bob Socol, Andy Ward, and Scott Levine to form the ESOP Advisory Practice. In 2006, the Restructuring Group was sold. Stout opened its New York office in 2007 and moved its headquarters to Chicago., In 2011 Stout opened its Los Angeles office., Stout and HFBE Inc. merged on September 1, 2012. HFBE provided valuation and investment banking services to middle-market companies with energy and real estate industry focus. Within this same year, Stout opened offices in Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston., The Washington, DC office opened in 2013. In 2014, Stout opened offices in Denver and Baltimore after a merger with 20 professionals from Invotex, a Washington, DC based intellectual property services firm. In 2015, Stout has a total of 400 employees. In 2016, Stout strengthened its Dispute Consulting group with the acquisition of Natoma Partners, LLC. The firm opened offices in Grand Rapids, MI, Irvine, CA and Philadelphia, celebrated its 25th anniversary and started its Management Consulting Group.