Accounting Exemplar Award
American Accounting Association
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Accounting in the Public Interest Award
Center for Accounting Ethics, Governance, and the Public Interest | Loyola Marymount University
Honors & Awards:
Best known as the “Accountant Who Beat Halliburton,” Anthony Menendez is widely recognized for his decade-long legal battle with Halliburton as a corporate whistleblower under Sarbanes-Oxley. Despite having no formal legal training, as a pro-se litigant during the appeals process he prevailed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling has had a positive impact on that body of law and significantly increased protections for corporate whistleblowers. Menendez was honored with the ACFE Sentinel Award “for choosing truth over self” and has received the Accounting in the Public Interest Award from the Center for Accounting Ethics, Governance, and the Public Interest “In recognition of ethical leadership, integrity, and distinguished service in the public interest”.
Menendez is both a CPA and a CFE and an expert in financial accounting and reporting. He has provided seminars and workshops to professionals across the globe covering U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting rules. For more than two decades he has been identifying, researching, and resolving complex accounting and business transactions. He is a former top controller at General Motors and oversaw the accounting and reporting for more than $100 billion in annual revenues. In 2009, he was part of GM’s historic effort to emerge from bankruptcy and successfully complete one of the largest IPO’s in history. Prior to GM, as a forensic consulting expert, he worked with attorneys representing shareholders in complex nationally litigated cases involving allegations of improper financial reporting and auditing. He is also a former audit executive with Ernst & Young were he focused on entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies across various industries and helped them navigate differing stages in the IPO journey and post-IPO environment.
Today, he provides forensic accounting, litigation support and financial reporting consulting services. He also shares his experience by speaking at prominent universities and organizations.
In the News:
The CPA Journal
New York Times Facebook Live Interview
He Fought Halliburton and Won
Houston Chronicle | September 26, 2007 By Loren Steffy
Halliburton's Accounting Might Make You Wonder
Bloomberg | June 22, 2007 By Jonathan Weil