Michelle J. Avery, CPA, CFF

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.

Michelle is a recent member of the Financial Reporting Executive Committee, the senior technical committee of the AICPA for financial reporting. She also serves 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 currently serves on the James Madison University School of Accounting Guiding Executive Board and the College of William and Mary Mason School of Accounting Programs 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.



Senior Managing Director
Practice Leader, Accounting & Auditing Litigation

 (703) 654-1479


Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, The College of William & Mary

Licenses & Certifications: 

Certified Public Accountant

Certified in Financial Forensics


AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee Member

NAIC/AICPA Working Group Task Force Member

William & Mary Mason School of Business Accounting Programs Board Chair 

Select Articles & Speeches: 

"New Accounting Standards – What You Need to Know" - American Legal Institute’s Continuing Legal Education’s 2019 Accountant’s Liability Course 

"The Profession in an Uncertain World" - American Legal Institute’s Continuing Legal Education’s 2018 Accountant’s Liability Course

"Expert Witness Report Writing" – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants webinar