William B. Stewart, Jr.. CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE and Founder
Elizabeth H. Hurst, MBA, ASA, ABV
Beth Hurst is an expert in forensic accounting, business valuation, partnership disputes, business interruption, lost earnings, estate and trust finance, reasonable compensation, cross border equity returns and normalizations of earnings. Ms. Hurst has over twenty-five years of experience in financial markets with specialties in mergers and acquisition, venture capital, multinational corporate banking, bank compliance, and capital markets, over numerous economic cycles and across companies of all sizes and industries.
Ms. Hurst testifies as an expert witness for all types of dispute resolution. She is an Accredited Senior Appraiser by the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and President of the Houston Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers. Her speaking engagements include topics such as valuation of businesses, discounts for lack of control and marketability as well as personal/enterprise goodwill. She speaks Mandarin and has traveled and worked extensively in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. She excels in dynamic, challenging and fast-paced environments where a sense of urgency is critical.
Anthony DeBenedictis, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE
Mr. Anthony DeBenedictis provides expertise in forensic accounting, economic damages, lost earnings, and reasonable royalty services in complex litigation, including expert witness testimony. He provides business valuation and forensic services (tracing and characterization) in family law, estate, gift, and probate. He consults on fraud and embezzlement investigations, along with bankruptcy matters involving accounting, valuation, insolvency, and fraudulent conveyance issues.
Mr. DeBenedictis’s experience with economic damages spans across industries in claims specific to breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, patent infringement, theft of trade secrets, copyright, partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, professional malpractice, business interruption, employment, Qui tam, Fair Labor Standards Act, wrongful death, personal injury, construction delay and insurance.
In addition to being a CPA, Mr. DeBenedictis is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and is a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) having served as President of the Houston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
David DuMay, ASA
Mr. DuMay has over twenty-five years of financial analysis and business valuation experience. He has experience in mergers and acquisitions, purchase price allocations, goodwill impairment analysis, and estate and gift tax valuations. Since 2017 Mr. DuMay has been employed at Stewart & Hurst, LLC performing business valuation services regarding family law matters and civil litigation cases involving damages. Mr. DuMay is an Accredited Senior Appraiser by the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and serves as a Vice President of the American Society of Appraisers.
Forensic Team Members
Lisa M. Hutchings
Mrs. Hutchings has over 20 years of accounting experience. Her focus for the past several years has been in the area of forensic accounting. She works on civil and family law litigation matters, providing asset tracing, inventory preparation, document management and review services. In addition, she provides support services to our Business Valuation department. Mrs. Hutchings holds a BBA in Marketing.
Ms. Rudnitsky is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a recent graduate with a B.S. in Accounting from LSU. She assists in forensic financial evaluation, asset characterization and tracing, waste claims, and other civil/family law financial matters. She plans to further her education to earn the required credit hours to become an eligible CPA exam candidate.
Ms. Wood has over twenty-five years of financial experience. She was in the banking industry for 16 years and specialized in business development, credit analysis, documentation, servicing and auditing. She has performed credit analysis of various industries with a primary focus in energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, retail, and banking. For the past nine years, she has worked in forensic accounting, tracing assets and preparing business valuations.