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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, attorneys or the Court better understand the financial facts behind a dispute. She has provided expert witness testimony in Virginia and the District of Columbia on topics including matrimonial forensic accounting, financial investigations, business valuation for privately owned businesses, fraud examination, income taxation and accounting standard of care.  

She graduated from Widener University with a BS-Business Administration (Accounting) in 1987 and later earned a Master of Tax Law from Villanova University.  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 narrowed her practice focus to conducting financial investigations and fraud examinations, valuing privately owned business interests and other matters, generally in a litigation context. She is a frequent speaker to peer, legal and academic communities on these topics; her leadership in these and related areas has been recognized internationally by her peers. Hyder's contributions to forensic accounting and fraud examination 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.  Separately, her contributions to a Fortune-100 company's efforts at firm-wide process redesign were identified by its Executive Board as integral to that program's successful firm-wide implementation.  


Please let us know if you'd like a copy of her published works and /or information about her presentations by contacting us at Info@HyderCPA.Com.  

Giving back to one's profession and personal communities is important to Hyder. Professionally, 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 May 1, 2020 (chair, as of May 1, 2022) . She was previously been elected president of both the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs, the largest chapter in the Commonwealth, and the Metro-DC chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  Past appointments and volunteer positions, in addition, include:

  • NoVA Chapter of VSCPA, Board of Directors, May 2015 - April 2020
  • National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts' Litigation Forensics Board Chair (2013-14), following appointment in 2010 to that Board
  • Metro-DC Chapter of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners,Board of Directors and Program Chair, 2004 - 2012
    • The Chapter was recognized as International Chapter of the Year under her leadership as President
  • Virginia Society of CPAs, professional ethics committee since 2013 and professional ethics instructor  2011 - 2020 (with a short break, 2016). 
  • Senior correspondent and regular contributor,“Around the Valuation World™” monthly webzine produced by Consultants' Training Institute

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)


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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