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Michael R. Young

Michael R. Young

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

New York, NY, USA


Named by Accounting Today as one of the “top 100 most influential people in accounting,” Michael R. Young is a litigation partner at New York’s Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP  where he chairs the firm’s securities litigation practice.

His practice concentrates on the representation of companies, audit committees, officers, directors, accounting firms, and investment banks in United States and international securities class actions, SEC proceedings, and special committee investigations.  His trial work includes the landmark jury verdict for the defense in the first class action tried to a jury pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  He has served as a member of FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, as chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Financial Reporting Committee, and as counsel to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Center for Audit Quality.

A prolific author on the subjects of financial reporting, audit committee effectiveness and the role and responsibilities of the independent auditor, Mr. Young’s books include The Financial Reporting Handbook (Wolters Kluwer 2003), Accounting Irregularities and Financial Fraud (Harcourt 2000) and, most recently, Financial Fraud Prevention and Detection:  Governance and Effective Practices (Wiley 2014).  Mr. Young is a much sought speaker and commentator on financial reporting issues, and has been regularly quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, The Washington Post, and The National Law Journal.  He has also appeared as an invited guest on Fox Business News, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and BNN (Canada).

Mr. Young is a graduate of Allegheny College and the Duke University School of Law, where he was Research and Managing Editor of the Duke Law Journal.

Michael R. Young is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Eighteen Safeguards to an Audit Committee’s Investigation of Financial Reporting (October–December 2015) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Risk Management Oversight: A Debate Continues and Committees Get Busier (July–September 2014) - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2017 Edition - Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2017 Edition - Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2017 Edition, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2017 Edition - Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2017 Edition, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2017 Edition - Evolving Ethical and Liability Challenges for Audit Committee Advisors: 2017 Edition, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Answer Book Chapters  Answer Book Chapters Mediation Issues Relating to Auditors - Financial Services Mediation Answer Book (2017 Edition), Thursday, June 22, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Audit Committees and Financial Reporting 2017: Recent Developments and Current Issues, Monday, June 26, 2017, New York, NY
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