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Hyder Consulting Group

Forensic Accounting, Business Valuation, FInancial Investigations

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) and began her career in 1987.  She earned a Master of Tax Law from Villanova University in 1998.  She has been an actively licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1989.  In 1991, Hyder began providing forensic accounting and related litigation support services relative to domestic and business disputes, while also serving as manager of her accounting firm's tax practice.  

Over time, she concentrated her practice to conducting financial investigations with or without allegations of fraud, valuation of privately held business interests and related matters.  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.  Please let her know if you'd like a copy of her published works and /or information about her presentations.

Hyder's 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).  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 was recognized by a Fortune-100 company who noted her contributions as integral to their successful firm-wide process redesign and reorganization.

Cheryl is an active member of the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA), and currently is a member of its teaching faculty and chairs its Professional Ethics Committee.  She is also a senior correspondent for the Consultants' Training Institute's “Around the Valuation World™” monthly webzine.  She previously served as an adjunct accounting faculty member for the Virginia Community College System.

Hyder 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)

Cheryl believes in giving back, professionally and personally.  She holds and has held volunteer leadership positions in national, regional and local professional organizations throughout much of her career. Her forensic and valuation peers voted her to serve a three-year term on the Ethics Oversight Board of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts effective June 1, 2020. She’s past president of the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs, the largest chapter in the Commonwealth, as well as the metro-DC chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  Other past appointments and volunteer positions include:

  • Board of Directors, NoVA Chapter of VSCPA, May 2015 - April 2020
  • 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 as a Board member and 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)


Her personal volunteering provides an indication of what she does with her "down time."  Please reach out for more information about these options if you are interested:  


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