For a discussion of risks and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ from those contemplated by forward-looking results, investors should review the Safe Harbor statement in the earnings press release issued this morning, a copy of which is available on our website at www.fticonsulting.com, as well as other disclosures under the heading of Risk, Factors and Forward-Looking Information in our most recent Form 10-K and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this earnings call.

During the call, we will discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted EBITDA, adjusted segment EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share. For a discussion of these non-GAAP financial measures, as well as our reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most recently comparable GAAP measures, investors should review the press release we issued this morning.

With these formalities out of the way, I would like to turn the call over to Jack Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer. Jack, please go ahead.

Jack B. Dunn

Thank you very much. Good morning and thank you to everyone for joining us today. With me are Dennis Shaughnessy, our Chairman; Roger Carlile, our Chief Financial Officer; and David Bannister, our Chairman of North America.

First, we'd like to give you a brief overview of the quarter and then get to your questions.

Our first quarter results are as diverse as the economic environment that gave rise to them. On the cost side, as usual, in the first quarter, we had a burden of approximately 150 to 200 basis points of expense related to benefits and payroll taxes that will not recur in the remaining quarters. In addition, this year, as well as in years going forward, we will have an additional first quarter non-cash expense of around 100 basis points relating to certain equity bonus compensation to be recognized in the first quarter when paid as opposed to amortized over the remaining life of the related employment obligations.

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