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The Forensic Accountant: Integral Roles in White Collar Criminal Defense


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.5 hours

Recorded DateJune 4, 2020
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaAccounting
Course LevelIntermediate
Course Description

In this webinar, attendees explore the various roles for forensic accountants in white collar criminal defense matters, both pre and post indictment, and how to protect their work from overreaching government investigators. From assessing financial loss under the protections of the attorney-client relationship in the midst of an active grand jury investigation, to debunking misplaced government hypotheses about revenue and expenses in the middle of trial, the forensic accountant is an invaluable member of the white collar criminal defense lawyer’s team when that relationship is properly constructed. From engagement, to trial testimony, to sentencing, this panel explores the wide ranging opportunities for forensic accountants in the white collar criminal defense space, and how to protect those engagements from some common pitfalls and misconceptions

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the legal framework for protecting privileged and confidential client information when forensic accountants are engaged to support counsel

  • Examine the numerous litigation support roles of the forensic accountant at all stages of criminal and regulatory matters

  • Discuss the current trends in white collar criminal and regulatory investigations

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Jessica Giresi, CPA/ABV, CFE

WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Leader, Forensics, Investigations, and White-Collar Criminal Defense
(609) 498-5273

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Jessica Hollobaugh Giresi has over 15 years of diversified public accounting experience. The traditional accounting background attained earlier in her career is leveraged in providing a wide range of consulting services in connection with complex civil, and criminal litigation. She performs complex forensic investigations to uncover fraud and embezzlement schemes and specializes in providing forensic accounting, economic damage calculations, professional liability matters, bankruptcy litigation, business valuations, shareholder disputes, and matrimonial litigations to attorneys, corporations, and individuals.

Jessica has been recognized as a leader in the field of forensic accounting, having been awarded the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Forensic and Valuation Services Standing Ovation Award in 2016, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) 40 under 40 Award in 2018. Because of her strong commitment to client service, Jessica was also recognized by Withum as a 2017 nominee and 2018 winner of the firm’s prestigious Strength in Client Service Award.

Jessica is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of New Jersey, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential. She is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) and the AICPA. Jessica is a member of the AICPA’s Forensic and Valuation Services Group and has served on the AICPA’s Certified Financial Forensics (CFF) examination task force. Jessica is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice and Litigation sections, and is an active supporter of the Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) and the Ass

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Matthew D. Lee is a partner at the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia.  He is co-chair of the firm's White-Collar Criminal Defense & Regulatory Compliance practice group and maintains an extensive tax controversy practice.  Mr. Lee regularly represents individuals and businesses in criminal and civil tax matters, including criminal tax investigations, prosecutions, and proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service, such as audits, appeals, and collection matters.

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Matthew is an experienced criminal and civil trial attorney whose diverse national practice focuses predominantly on white-collar criminal and regulatory defense and complex commercial litigation.  He serves as the co-chair of Fox Rothschild’s White-Collar Criminal Defense & Regulatory Compliance practice group. He holds leadership roles in the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (Officer) and the Essex County, New Jersey Bar Association (Trustee).

Known for his sophisticated command of emerging issues at the intersection of technology and the law, Matthew is exceptionally knowledgeable in e-discovery, digital forensics, data privacy, social networking, and cybersecurity. His clients routinely rely upon him to advance their interests by using technology-driven evidence like e-mails, text messages, internet IP address and intrusion analysis, metadata, and cellular tower triangulation, to name just a few.

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