Edward J. Westerman
- Senior Managing Director, Co-Leader of Forensic Accounting & Advisory Services
- T: +1 415 283 4251
- F: +1 415 293 4497
- One Front Street
- Suite 1600
- San Francisco, CA, 94111
- United States
- T: +1 415 283 4200
- F: +1 415 293 4494
- M.B.A., Finance, University of Wisconsin
- B.S., Accounting, Marquette University
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- California Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Class Action
- Financial Investigations
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- Forensic Accounting & Investigations
- Forensic Litigation Consulting
- Post-Acquisition Disputes
- SEC Investigations
- Securities Litigation & Risk Management
- Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT)
- Healthcare & Life Sciences
Edward Westerman is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in San Francisco. He has more than 20 years of experience providing consulting services regarding forensic accounting, auditing, internal controls & compliance, and financial damages.
Mr. Westerman is engaged by counsel representing companies and board of director committees to conduct internal investigations in connection with subpoenas, government inquiries, and whistleblower allegations concerning accounting and financial reporting fraud and misappropriation of assets. These projects have been in the US as well as foreign jurisdictions and have pertained to revenue recognition, reserves, stock option granting practices, embezzlement, insider trading, registration issues, and financial reporting disclosures. He has assisted with materiality assessments, financial restatements, and internal control and remediation measures.
In addition, Mr. Westerman is regularly retained in various securities litigation and white collar defense matters surrounding auditing, technical accounting issues and alleged fraud. Throughout his career, Mr. Westerman has also provided assistance to counsel, buyers and sellers regarding working capital adjustments, post-closing balance sheet adjustments, earn out calculations, and breach of reps and warranties. He has served as the neutral accounting arbiter adjudicating these disputes.
Mr. Westerman also has significant experience quantifying financial damages in large class action, breach of contract, wrongful termination, and other commercial disputes.
Mr. Westerman has testified at deposition, arbitration, and state court and has served as an arbiter, special master, and third party neutral in various engagements. During his career, he has participated in numerous speaking panels and other presentations regarding forensic accounting topics.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Westerman was a Managing Director, Leader of the Forensic Accounting practice, and Executive Director of the Litigation, Forensics & Finance business segment of LECG. He was also a Partner in the Forensic Accounting practice of Deloitte & Touche.