Houston, Texas 77024
Marc Schwartz, CPA/CFF, CFE
Principal | Houston
Marc is a Founder of HSSK, focusing his practice on litigation consulting and bankruptcy, turnaround and reorganization services. In his more than forty years of practice as a CPA, Marc has assisted clients involved in civil litigation, including performing financial forensic reviews and providing expert testimony in matters involving professional malpractice, construction litigation, oil and gas disputes (upstream, oilfield services, downstream and midstream), intellectual property, breach of contract, trust and estate disputes, lender liability issues, personal injury, fraud and bankruptcy. He is experienced in testifying in federal, state and bankruptcy courts throughout the country and serves as a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee and Examiner. Since 1993 he has served as a court appointed bankruptcy trustee and examiner on a number of estates in the Southern and Western Federal Districts of Texas and as a State and Federal Court Receiver. He has also been an advisor to parties involved in bankruptcy proceedings, including National Gypsum Co., Continental Airlines, and First Mortgage Investment Association.
In 1989, Marc was recognized with the Certified Fraud Examiner designation by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and was Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA in 2008. In 2014 the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Marc also founded and served as the Chairman of HSSK Forensics, Inc. which provided computer forensics and e-discovery services. Marc started his career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) where he spent twenty years, the last twelve as an audit partner with the firm. His clients included Gulf Oil Corporation, Sterling Chemicals, Inc. and Mt. Airy Trading Company (the largest refined products trader on the New York Mercantile Exchange,). Marc also served as Coopers & Lybrand's Southwest Region Coordinator of Banking Services.
- BA Economics - Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey (1972)
- MBA In Finance and Accounting - University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1973)
- Continuing Education
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Texas Society of CPAs
- Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs
- Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs
- University of Texas School of Law
- National Association of Corporate Directors
- Turnaround Management Association
- Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- State Bar of Texas
- Programs Sponsored by Various Law Firms
- Accreditations & Licenses
- Certified Public Accountant - Licensed to practice in Texas and Illinois.
- Certified Fraud Examiner - Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- Certified in Financial Forensics - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Licensed Private Investigator - Texas Department of Public Safety, Private Security Bureau
- Professional Affiliations & Activities
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Forensic and Valuation Services Section, Technical Advisory Board, FVS Consulting Digest
- Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), Houston Chapter
- National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
- National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- National Association of Forensic Economics
- Turnaround Management Association (Board of Directors)
- State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section, Non-Lawyer
- Civic Involvement
- Marc serves on the Board of Directors of the Mission Centers of Houston, ESCAPE Family Resource Center, the Memorial Exchange Club and is a former director and officer of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.
- Publications & Speaking Engagements
- "Avoiding the Mistakes: Tips on Selecting And Preparing Your Expert Witnesses," The Corporate Counsellor, February 2002, pp.1-2.
- "Salvaging Value from Failed Dot-Coms," The Bankruptcy Strategist, March 2002, pp. 1-2, with Gary Abdalla.
- "Making Expert Witnesses Failsafe," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, March 25, 2002, p. 4.
- "Management of Legal Costs Through Electronic Invoicing," Law Technology News, 2000.
- "Three C's of Cost Control," Corporate Counsellor, April 2000.
- "From Civil to Bankruptcy, What Is Fraud," Upper Division and Graduate Accounting Students, University of Houston at Clear Lake, November 2013
- "Current Trends in the Fight Against Fraud," 2010 Spring Accounting Expo, Houston CPA Society
- "Financial Forensics and Litigation Services," Sponsor – Mays Business School, Texas A&M University Guest Lecturer for Upper Division and Graduate Student Auditing Class
- "Valuation of Partnership Interests," Association of Attorneys & CPAs
- "Accounting Record Discovery," Clark Thomas & Winters
- "Fraudulent Financial Reporting," Estate and Probate Section of the Travis County Bar Association
- "Fraud Detection," Bankruptcy Section of the Harris County Bar Association
- "E-Discovery on the Cheap," University of Texas School of Law, Jay Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference
- "Maximizing the Value of Your Business," Interactive Network Connection
- "The Effect of Daubert/Robinson and Other Rulings on Expert Damage Calculations," Thompson & Knight
- "What Every Attorney Should Know About Computer Forensics," Houston Bar Association
- "Economics of Calculating Damages," Houston Chapter of the TSCPA
This is not a CPA firm.