ResourcesAttorney Education @ MSG University

Of course we are not a real university, but you may not be able to tell the difference. Our finance, accounting, and tax programs are designed to meet the needs of attorneys of all levels. Our curriculum covers a wide spectrum of topics geared to educate and prepare the legal professional. Whether you are an associate at a small local practice or a partner in a national firm, we can provide the knowledge and skills to keep you prepared to tackle financial matters. 

In addition to holding seminars at the various bar associations, we now also offer classes in venues located in New York City and Long Island. We can even hold classes at your office. 

Each course has been written by Mark S. Gottlieb CPA/ABV, CVA, DABFA, MST. Mr. Gottlieb is a nationally known speaker who has written numerous courses for law firms, bar associations, the Institute of Business Appraisers, as well as the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Gottlieb is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School. 

For our next scheduled course or to arrange a course for your firm-Call 516-829-4936

Sample course titles: 

Accounting for Lawyers-Basic 
Accounting for Lawyers-Advanced 

These two courses are offered separately or together. As a practical introduction to bookkeeping, accounting, and financial statements, we present a broad range of financial topics that answer the question-“Why is this important to attorneys?” Accounting is often called “the language of the business”. Even if you do not represent businesses and their owners, almost every attorney will represent clients with legal interests adverse to businesses or their owners. This is a must course for every member of your office. 

Condensed Curriculum: 
• Accounting statements 
• Accounting methods 
• Accounting principles & standards 
• Time value of money 
• Financial statement & ratio analysis 
• Legal issues involving shareholders’ equity 
• Revenue recognition 
• Contingencies 
• Inventory & cost of goods sold 

Advanced Financial Statement Analysis 

This course begins with a quick overview of the basic tools to read and interpret financial statements and how attorneys can best use this skill. We review sophisticated case studies to further develop your understanding on how to identify “red flags”. This course is particularly helpful for those specializing in corporate, bankruptcy and/or matrimonial law. 

Condensed Curriculum: 
• Reading & understanding financial statements 
• Ratio analysis 
• Common size analysis 
• Liquidity 
• Cash flow 
• Debt 
• Capital structure 
• Normalized earnings 

Forensic Accounting 

Here is your opportunity to understand how one investigates fraud and other financial wrongdoing. Attorneys need to be familiar with the concepts and techniques that are employed by those providing litigation support. The results of a forensic examination often can make or break your case. 

Condensed Curriculum: 
• What is forensic accounting 
• How does it differ from the audit process 
• What are the characteristics and elements of fraud 
• Detection skills 
• Forensic accounting and the litigation process 
• Financial statement fraud 
• Under statement of assets & liabilities 
• Under reporting of income 
• Over reporting of expenses 
• Cause & affect of improper accounting methods 

Business Valuation-Basic 
Business Valuation-Advanced
 

These two courses are offered separately or together. As a practical introduction to business valuation, we provide the fundamental and in-depth process that addresses the question-“What is that privately held business worth?” This course is most helpful for those litigators specializing in corporate, matrimonial, and/or tax law. 

Condensed Curriculum: 
• Standard of value 
• Premise of value 
• Valuation standards 
• Valuation methods 
• Reconciling indicated values 
• Relevant revenue rulings 
• Valuation reports 
• Case law update 
• Direct & cross examination of experts 

Other Course Titles: 
• Financial Aspects of Divorce 
• Finding Hidden Treasures in Tax Returns 
• Selecting the Proper Entity to Operate a Business 
• The Role of Due Diligence when Buying a Business 
• How to Read a Financial Experts’ Report

Contact Us

To discuss how we may help you, please call us at:

  • New York City:
  • 646-661-3800
  • White Plains:
  • 914-294-4300
  • Great Neck:
  • 516-829-4936
  • Stamford:
  • 203-357-1500
  • Roseland:
  • 973-226-4500

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