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Profile: Michael G. Kessler

45 Rockefeller Plaza, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10111
Phone: (212) 286-9100 or (800) 932-2221
Fax: (212) 730-2433


Profession: Certified Forensic Accountant / Computer Forensics Engineer

Work History: Kessler International – President & CEO, 1990 - present; NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Deputy Inspector General, 1988-1990;

NYS Department of Taxation & Finance – Chief of Tax Investigations, 1987-1988;

NYS Special Prosecutor – Assistant Chief Auditor/Investigator, 1978-1988; Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Greater New York – Senior Auditor, 1973-1978

Experience: Over 35 plus years conducting complex investigations, forensic audits and computer forensic examinations. Currently is the president/CEO of one of the leading forensic accounting, computer forensics and corporate investigation firms in the world representing the defense and plaintiff in cases involving fraud, embezzlement, malpractice, damage calculations, royalties, real estate, intellectual property, construction, insurance, hospitality, health care, money laundering, high technology and computer crimes. Also has executed forensic training programs for staff at Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Mr. Kessler has also been requested to be an Independent Private Sector Inspector General for corporations and government agencies.

Professional Licenses and Certifications: Licensed in New York State as a Business Education and Accounting Instructor and by AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, MI, MO, NJ, NY, NC, TX, WA and Puerto Rico as a Private Investigator. Qualified as a Certified Forensic Accountant, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, Certified Construction Auditor, Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner, AccessData Certified Examiner, Board Certified Forensic Examiner and a Certified Fraud Examiner and is a Dipolmate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting. Has also attained Fellow status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and has been qualified in a number of jurisdictions (State and Federal) as an Expert in the area of forensic accounting and computer forensics. Also has served on the Litigation Forensics Board of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and is the past Chairman of the American College of Forensic Examiners International – Executive Board of Forensic Accounting and is a member of the IT committee of The Institute for Internal Controls and has attained accreditation from the Academy of Experts in the United Kingdom. Mr. Kessler is currently a member of the Professional Responsibility Board of the Institute of Business Appraisers.


Education: Holds a BS (1973) and MBA (1978) from St. John’s University – Peter J Tobin College of Business and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Business (1981) from Pace University-Lubin School of Business.

Professional Affiliations: American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American College of Forensic Examiners, American Bar Association, Forensic Expert Witness Association

The Academy of Experts-UK, The Institute for Internal Controls, Institute of Internal Auditors, American Society for Industrial Security, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, National Law Enforcement Associates, High Technology Crime Consortium, Association of Inspectors General, Institute of Business Appraisers, Digital Forensics Certification Board.

Publications and Speaking Engagements: Attends professional training sessions as an instructor and is regularly called upon by cable news and network news as well as various newspapers and magazines to provide expert opinions on a news breaking story. Is the editor of “The Kessler Report,” numerous trade publication articles and a co- author of "Fraud Audit Review Manual for Hospitals" published by the HCFA-HHS.

Other: Appointed to the Neutral Panel of the American Arbitration Association as an Arbitrator.

Michael G. Kessler Wins the Bronze Stevie Award for Executive of the Year - Accounting
June 2012

Michael G. Kessler Wins the Global Business Excellence Award for Outstanding Executive
April 2012

Michael G. Kessler Named as Finalist in 2011 American Business Awards
May 2011

Michael G. Kessler Named as Finalist in 2010 American Business Awards
May 2010
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Area(s) of Expertise

Kessler International offers Litigation Support and Expert Witness Testimony in the following areas.

Computer Forensics  

•   Data Recovery
•   On-Site Acquisition
•   Document Discovery 
•   Password Recovery
•   Cell Phone Forensics
•   Cyber Evidence

Forensic Accounting

•   Evidence Retrieval
•   Business Valuations
•   Money Laundering
•   Claims Auditing
•   Compliance Auditing

Intellectual Property Protection 

•   Brand Protection 
•   Trademark Investigation
•   Copyright Protection
•   Product Tampering
•   Anti-Counterfeiting
•   Product Diversion
•   Domain Name Acquisition

Data Recovery

•  On-Site Acquisition 
Electronic Risk Control 
Document Discovery 
Password Recovery 

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