to thank you for taking the time to come to Chicago and share with
my team knowledge that you have gained throughout your vast career.
Your ability to present your material in a logical, thought
provoking manner was appreciated and well received. Based on the
feedback I received from my team after you left, you have made quite
an impression on all those in attendance.
Counsel and Secretary
to express my deep appreciation for your excellent presentation to
our annual Corporate Governance and Investigations SBU luncheon. . I
have received a great deal of positive feedback on both your
presentation and your article, and I think everyone enjoyed the
talk. You have a very relaxed and confident style that encourages
audience participation, and I think everyone felt that the
conversation was lively and that we all learned something to take
back to our practices with us. I hope we can stay in touch and
perhaps have the opportunity to work together on a matter at some
time in the future.
Howard made a very interesting and provocative presentation to an
interdisciplinary group of attorneys, economists, accountants, and
specialists at our firm, His examples drew on actual case studies
and were clearly and crisply presented. Although this particular
audience was experienced and sophisticated with respect to the
subject, much of what Tad presented was new to us and stimulated a
lively discussion. I recommend this presentation for professionals
interested in improving their ability to detect misleading elements
in company financial reports.
session was very thought provoking and informative. I thought you
did a terrific job making us all more aware of the creativity of
those in the financial and accounting worlds. I hope that we will be
able to work with you in the future.
wanted to write to thank you for providing your very informative and
provocative seminar. The session was well attended, and those
attendees with whom I spoke thought the seminar was well-structured,
well-presented and insightful. They especially appreciated the many
examples of financial wrongdoing…as well as your tips on how to
identify them and deal with them when identified. I am sure that
many of my colleagues will be calling you to seek your assistance in
identifying, analyzing and preventing financial wrongdoings.
provided a thought-provoking perspective on topical and important
accounting issues, and your examples made the subject matter more
accessible to an audience representing a range of the firm’s
practice areas and level of accounting expertise. Thanks again for
an informative and enjoyable program.
Dunn & Crutcher LLP
you for your very enlightening and informative presentation to our
litigation attorneys on the ways that clever CFO’s have manipulated
corporate financial statements. You not only demonstrated an
in-depth command of accounting/financial matters but, more
importantly, conveyed an intimate understanding of the underlying
dynamics disguised in the financial statements. My partners and I
look forward to engaging your services when we need a financial
expert to work with us in fathoming financial transactions and
you for your time and first class presentation. I spoke to people
after the seminar and received extremely positive comments,
including many superlatives from a CPA and a Venture Capitalist who
attended. I have organized and participated in many seminars over
the past five years as Chairman or co-chair of the BADC law
committee, and your presentation certainly stands out as one of the
best. It was both instructive and enjoyable.
Chairman, Corporate Law Committee
Association of the District of Columbia
Clearly, the types of real-life examples that you provided to our
attorneys allowed even those less familiar with accounting to
appreciate the potential pitfalls that can face clients and lawyers.
You were able to share your knowledge and expertise with us in an
organized and informative, yet entertaining, manner. I think that
everyone - whether litigator, tax specialist, international trade
lawyer, etc. - learned something useful from your presentation.
Indeed, your presentation led me to the conclusion that it would be
beneficial to work with you in the future.
& Johnson LLP
presentation was informative, entertaining and thought provoking.
It was especially helpful for some of our attorneys who do not have
formal training in the financial statements arena. Your high profile
company examples made the subject matter more tangible and easier to
relate to from a legal perspective. It is apparent from the written
evaluations that this seminar was beneficial to our attorneys and
Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
thanks for spending your valuable time sharing with us the basics of
accounting. You really make accounting rules something that almost
seems impossible: a funny, lively topic of discussion. I got tons of
positive comments from my colleagues.
in Economic Policy
Competitive Enterprise Institute
enjoyed your topical, lively and informative seminar. It hit upon
accounting details unfamiliar to many lawyers. Your references to
high profile cases and your fast paced presentation filled with
real-world examples made it useful without being dry. Both our first
year associates and more experienced lawyers came away with fresh
insights as well as new applications of familiar principles.
array of true-life examples of accounting shenanigans by prominent
companies you described took your presentation out of the ordinary
and made it easier for participants to absorb some of the accounting
basics. Your experience as a chief financial officer gives you both
insight and credibility.
H. Carpenter, Jr.
Covington & Burling
writing to thank you for the cogent and informative presentation you
made to some of our lawyers on the timely subject of forensic
accounting and the manipulation of financial statements. It is rare
to receive practical, informed guidance on how to look for the
trouble spots in financial statements. Please feel free to use this
letter as one of enthusiastic recommendation to other law firms
which might be considering having you come to make a similar
presentation to them.
provided a thought-provoking perspective on topical and important
corporate accounting issues. Your presentation was readily
accessible to a group representing a range of the firm’s practice
areas and little accounting expertise. Thank you for an informative
and enjoyable program.
Catherine S. Bardsley
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP
Attorneys, like other gatekeepers in the post-Enron world, must
become attuned to questionable accounting and earnings
manipulations. Your program conveyed useful, real-world examples of
how “accurate” accounting information can actually distort economic
reality. Healthy skepticism about reported earnings (as well as
audit opinions) helps lawyers both serve our clients better and
protect ourselves from liability. Your program teaches pragmatic
lessons that we want our attorneys to bring to bear in their daily
writing to thank you for teaching your course on May 1, 2006. Your
service as a faculty member of Reed Smith University has enabled
others within the firm to develop the skills they need in order to
be successful. We hope that your experience was personally
satisfying and that you will participate in future courses.
extremely important information for working attorneys, particularly
members of the profession who have not had formal accounting and
economics training in school. The emphasis on real-life problems
caused and experienced by some of the nation’s largest corporations
over the past ten years makes the material hard-hitting. It’s
particularly relevant for any attorney working with or against
corporations, both large and small. Let me know when you think a
“refresher” course would be useful.
Nicholas P. Miller
& Van Eaton
were terrific this afternoon. I thought your presentation was
substantive, informative, entertaining, and really useful. Great
Washington Federal Strategies
presentation was very helpful to our staff to become familiar with
the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and how it affects our company. Your
review of the main points will help everyone understand the sound
business reasons for adopting good business practices. Thank you
again for an informative and interesting presentation!
Kline Leidy PhD
President & CEO
MEDTAP Institute at UBC
Excellent piece of work. A perfectly simple guide for a layman like
me. You have the gift of making the complex understandable.