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Michael Spindler

Principal

[email protected]

Main: (424) 354-1724

Mobile: (213) 399-9032

Fax: (424) 354-1718

Areas of Expertise

  • Fraud Investigation
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Accounting
  • Litigation Support
  • Quality of Earnings
  • White Collar Crime
  • Expert Witness
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Damages & Lost Profit Analysis
  • Internal Investigations

Industries

  • Real Estate
  • Financial Institution
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Construction
  • International

Prominent Cases

  • Expert Witness on behalf of successful plaintiff Chevron U.S.A. in litigation alleging violations of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act
  • Expert Witness on behalf of the SEC in a successful disgorgement proceeding against promoters of oil & gas partnerships
  • Witness on behalf of the State of Arizona in a criminal matter alleging an embezzlement at a Fortune 500 company.
  • Expert witness on damages in a large award related to the mismanagement of a casino
  • Expert witness on alter ego on behalf of a writer/director against a film producer, successfully piercing through the corporate veil

Experience

  • 2 Years with GlassRatner
  • 36 Years of Relevant Experience

Education

  • BS, State University of New York at Albany

Professional Designations

  • CPA
  • CFF
  • CFE
  • ABV

Michael Spindler is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner who brings more than 33 years of experience to complex disputes including matters related to forensic accounting and business fraud investigations across a wide range of industries. He has provided expert testimony on dozens of occasions in bench trials, jury trials and arbitration proceedings. He has provided Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations and training services in various countries around the world, including China, Russia, India and Saudi Arabia.  Having conducted numerous high-profile investigations of public company financial statement fraud and other matters, Mr. Spindler has presented his findings to special committees and various government agencies on behalf of clients, including the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and the Office of Thrift Supervision.

Michael’s clients include law firms, corporations, individuals, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining GlassRatner, Michael held senior leadership positions with several forensic accounting firms and was a Partner at two national public accounting firms.  An experienced public speaker, Michael has authored or co-authored a number of publications on fraud-related topics and developed and presented seminars and courses on forensic accounting and litigation support issues. He is a past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of CALCPA and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the CALCPA Education Foundation. Currently, Michael is the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

Representative assignments on which Mr. Spindler has worked include:

  • Lost Profits/Economic Damage Assessments on behalf of Plaintiffs and Defendants
  • Joint venture and shareholder disputes
  • Earn-out and compensation disputes
  • Fraud Investigations
  • Royalty Inspections
  • Film and participation audits
  • Business manager reviews
  • Internal Corporate Investigations in connection with allegations of management fraud, financial statement fraud and internal embezzlements.
  • Alter ego assessments.
  • Ponzi scheme investigations
  • FCPA investigations and consulting.

Michael is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in California, New York, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii), is Certified in Financial Forensics, is Accredited in Business Valuation (both issued by the AICPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners). Mr. Spindler graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1981.

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