About Cheryl Hyder

Cheryl's practice focuses on provision of professional services for matrimonial or business dissolutions, accounting standard of care and other settings where an accounting skill set will help the parties or Counsels understand better the issues they are facing. She has provided expert witness testimony in Virginia and the District of Columbia on topics including matrimonial forensic accounting, forensic accounting, business valuation, income taxation and accounting standard of care.  

She graduated from Widener University with a BS-Business Administration (Accounting) in 1987, and began her career in public accounting.  In 1991, she joined a regional firm where she began providing forensic accounting and other litigation support services relative to family law and business disputes, while also serving as manager of the firm's tax practice.  She earned a Master of Tax Law from Villanova University in 1998.

She developed, over time, a specialization in provision of litigation support services in family law disputes, conducting financial investigations with or without allegations of fraud, valuation of privately held business interests, as well as shareholder and partnership disputes. She is a frequent speaker to peer, legal and academic communities on these topics, her writing has been recognized internationally, and her leadership in the fields of forensic accounting and fraud prevention has also been recognized by her peers.  

Her contributions to forensic accounting  have been recognized by professional organizations including the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (for her overall efforts in fraud prevention and detection).  Additionally, her 2011 article published in Fraud Magazine was voted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' membership as that year's most influential article, garnering her their distinguished Hubbard award.  She also received a special award from a Fortune-100 company in appreciation of her contributions to their process redesign and reorganization in conformity with deregulation requirements. 

Cheryl is a member of the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) teaching faculty and its Professional Ethics Committee, and is a senior correspondent for the NACVA/IBA Appraisal Database and Mentoring Service’s “Around the Valuation World in 90 Minutes™” monthly webzine.   She has previously served as an adjunct accounting faculty member for the Virginia Community College System.

She has earned multiple advanced certifications (issuing body noted), including:

  • Certification in Financial Forensics (AICPA)
  • Accreditation in Business Valuation (AICPA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (NACVA)

She is also a Certified Public Accountant, and has been actively licensed since 1989.  

Cheryl believes in giving back, professionally and personally.  She has held volunteer leadership positions in national, regional and local professional organizations throughout much of her career.  She’s currently (May 2017) the president-elect for the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs, the largest Chapter in the Commonwealth.  Past appointments and other positions include:

  • Board of Directors (3 year term), NoVA Chapter of VSCPA, 2015 appointment
  • Chair/Co-Chair, Forensic & Valuation Services Committee, NoVA Chapter of VSCPA, 2006 - present
  • Chair, National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts' Litigation Forensics Board (2013-14), following appointment in 2010 to that Board
  • President, Metro-DC Chapter of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 2010-12, following 7 years of volunteer service as a Board member and/or Programming Chair. The Chapter was  internationally recognized as Chapter of the Year under her leadership.
  • Virginia Society of CPAs, young professionals mentor, professional ethics committee (since 2013) and instructor (since 2011)



She enjoys donating time personally to several organizations, and invites you to explore these and other options that suit your lifestyle:

If you're interested in learning more about these or other  similar organizations, please let her know.  

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