Michelle Avery, CPA, CFF

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Michelle joined J.S. Held in March of 2022 as part of J.S. Held's acquisition of Ocean Tomo. Michelle has extensive experience leading major dispute resolution engagements, providing forensic accounting and expert witness services to prominent law firms in high-profile domestic and international civil litigation involving complex accounting, financial reporting, and economic damages issues. Her work frequently involves allegations of misstated financial statements, inadequate disclosures, auditor malpractice, and director and officer liability. She has testified in matters related to auditor malpractice as well as economic damages.

Michelle is a recent member of the Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC), the senior technical committee of the AICPA for financial reporting. She also recently served as a member of the AICPA National Association of Insurance Commissioners Working Group Task Force and has served on the International Association of Insurance Receivers Board of Directors. She is the current Chair of the College of William and Mary Mason School of Business Accounting Programs Board and recently served on the James Madison University School of Accounting Guiding Executive Board. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the College of William & Mary. She is a previous recipient of the AICPA’s Standing Ovation award in Forensics and Valuation Services award, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) “Top 40 Under 40” award, and the Washington Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” award.

Professional Licenses/Certificates

  • Certified Public Accountant, Virginia, 2000
  • Certified in Financial Forensics, 2010