Roger Mallory, J.D., B.A., RYT
In 1978 Roger obtained his Bachelor’s degree from University of South Florida in Social and Behavioral Science. Roger received a “Superior Academic Achievement Award” for his undergraduate work. After scoring in the top 7% in the nation on the Law School Aptitude Test, Roger obtained his law degree from the University of Florida in 1988.
Immediately after obtaining his law degree, Roger began serving as an Assistant State Attorney for the Orange-Osceola Counties’ State Attorney. Roger’s career of prosecuting spanned 12 years; ending when he resigned in the year 2000 to practice law nearer his ailing parents. Roger’s career as a prosecutor included the distinctions of receiving a commendation for legal assistance provided to the Orlando Police Department in a complex racketeering investigation, serving as 1 of only 2 prosecutors assigned to a specialized unit focusing on economic crimes, serving as a prosecution felony division Chief and liaison to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, serving almost 4 years as legal counsel to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (a then 10-member federal and state law enforcement task force, the oldest in the country) concentrating, pro-actively, on narcotics, organized and vice crimes, and a series of assignments, via direction by the Governor, to investigate and prosecute individuals in cases that involved the highest degree of sensitivity; including those of then-seated, elected officials.
Roger spent 5 years litigating eminent domain cases and has tried many criminal and civil cases to a verdict. Roger is admitted to practice law in both Fla. and federal courts. Roger is a member of the Fla. Bar, the Fla. Assoc. of Police Attys., and a past adjunct professor of Business Law to Florida Southern College.
In October 2005 the City of Lakeland hired Roger to serve as “Police General (Legal) Counsel” to its police department. Roger reports directly to the Chief of Police, protects the interests of the City independent of the City Attorney, and provides legal advice to senior police managers. Among other functions of his office, Roger represents the department in some litigation, prepares contracts, drafts ordinances he proposes, provides legal advice on all phases of police operations, trains police employees, etc.
Anthony Menendez, CPA, CFE
Best known as the “Accountant Who Beat Halliburton,” Anthony Menendez is widely recognized for his decade-long legal battle with Halliburton as a corporate whistleblower under Sarbanes-Oxley. Despite having no formal legal training, he represented himself during the appeals process and ultimately prevailed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling has had a positive impact on that body of law and has resulted in significantly increased protections for corporate whistleblowers. Menendez was honored in recognition of ethical leadership, integrity, and distinguished service in the public interest with both the ACFE Sentinel Award and the Accounting in the Public Interest Award from the Center for Accounting Ethics, Governance, and the Public Interest. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, ProPublica, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, The CPA Journal, and the ACFE’s Fraud Magazine and often lectures at prominent universities and organizations related to the topics of accounting, whistleblowing, corporate compliance, and business ethics.
For more than two decades he has been identifying, researching, and resolving complex accounting and business transactions. Menendez is a CPA, CFE, and an expert in financial accounting and reporting. He has provided seminars and workshops to professionals across the globe covering U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting rules. He is a former top controller at General Motors and oversaw the accounting and reporting for more than $100 billion in annual revenues. He also played a key role in GM’s historic effort to emerge from bankruptcy and successfully complete one of the largest IPO’s in history. Prior to GM, as a forensic consulting expert, he worked with attorneys representing shareholders in complex nationally litigated cases involving allegations of improper financial reporting and auditing. As a former audit executive with Ernst & Young he focused on entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies across various industries and helped them navigate differing stages in the IPO journey and post-IPO environment. He recently launched his own consulting practice to assist attorneys representing shareholders and corporate whistleblowers in disputes involving allegations of improper accounting, auditing, and federal securities law violations.