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Michael S. Kridel, CPA, CFF, CITP, CFC

Michael Kridel is a Principal with Rehmann Robson and practices in the Boca Raton, Florida office. Rehmann has 21 offices, three of which are in Florida, and approximately 800 associates. He is a practice leader in the litigation services area of Rehmann Consulting and its corporate investigation group.

Mr. Kridel has practiced public accounting in South Florida since graduation from George Washington University in 1974. Prior to joining Rehmann in 2013, he was a partner with Daszkal Bolton LLP for nearly 17 years after practicing 18 years as a sole practitioner.

Mr. Kridel is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting and Certified Forensic Consultant of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. He is also a member of the International Association for Asset Recovery, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Society for Human Resource Management and is an associate member of the American Bar Association and Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. He chaired the Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Section of the FICPA and served as Chairperson of the Committee for Valuation and Litigation Services.

In 2001, Mr. Kridel was one of the first CPAs to achieve the Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) designation offered by the AICPA. He was one of the first CPAs to be Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also served on the Top Technologies Task Force of the AICPA. Mr. Kridel has received the FICPA Outstanding Discussion Leader several years in a row. He was included in the South Florida Legal Guide 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a Top CPA and Financial Support Professional (Litigation Support). He also received the South Florida Business Leader Magazine’s 2010 IMPACT Leaders Award.

Since 1974, Mr. Kridel has provided litigation services for both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of matters including family law, stockholder actions, financial damages, fraud detection, criminal and civil tax matters, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful discharge and accountant malpractice. He also has extensive practice experience in accounting and taxation for corporations, partnerships, retirement plans, fiduciaries and individuals. Additionally, he has provided management consulting and training services to large and small companies and professional practices.

Mr. Kridel has testified in deposition, hearings, trial and alternative dispute resolution proceedings as an expert in numerous jurisdictions. Mr. Kridel is a frequent speaker, garnering numerous awards, at national and local conferences for accountants and attorneys on topics such as litigation services, professional ethics, eDiscovery, practice management, information technology and human resources. He is a certified ethics instructors in Florida. He is an online instructor for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was a Facilitator in the Professional Training Department at the Florida campus of Johnson & Wales University for several years.

He is a longtime member of the Editorial Review Panels of the Journal of Accountancy and Florida CPA Today. He is active in several community service organizations and is a Partner in Education at numerous Broward County high schools. For more than twenty years, Mr. Kridel has facilitated an award-winning seminar, Ethical Decision Making in the Workplace and Society, for Broward County high schools, positively influencing nearly 1,500 students annually. He is also the profession’s representative member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Florida Board of Accountancy. In 2013, Mr. Kridel was appointed as a Commissioner on the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics.