Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting
  • Alter Ego
  • Damages & Lost Profit Analysis
  • Expert Witness
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • Litigation Support
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • White Collar Crime


  • Financial Institution
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Real Estate
  • Retail


  • BS State University of New York at Albany


  • 6 Years with Firm
  • 41 Years of Relevant Experience

Michael Spindler is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner who brings approximately 40 years of experience to complex disputes including matters related to forensic accounting and business fraud investigations across a wide range of industries. He has provided expert testimony on dozens of occasions in bench trials, jury trials and arbitration proceedings. He has served as a court-appointed forensic accountant and as an accounting referee. He has provided Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations and training services in various countries around the world, including China, Russia, India and Saudi Arabia. Having conducted numerous high-profile investigations of public company financial statement fraud and other matters, Mr. Spindler has presented his findings to special committees and various government agencies on behalf of clients, including the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and the Office of Thrift Supervision.

Michael's clients include law firms, corporations, individuals, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining B. Riley Advisory Services (formerly GlassRatner), Michael held senior leadership positions with several forensic accounting firms and was a Partner at two national public accounting firms. Michael has years of experience in conducting audits of financial statements. In addition, he led the business fraud investigations group for the U.S. Western Region of a national accounting firm, responsible for assisting audit teams as fraud issues were identified. He also led the Pacific Southwest forensic audit assistance program of a "Big Four" accounting firm, serving as a member of audit teams to address fraud risk issues. He has conducted numerous investigations of embezzlement schemes and has testified in criminal and civil trials on embezzlements. An experienced public speaker, Michael has authored or co-authored a number of publications on fraud-related topics and developed and presented seminars and courses on forensic accounting and litigation support issues. He is a past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of CALCPA and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the CALCPA Education Foundation.

Michael is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in California, New York, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii), is Certified in Financial Forensics, is Accredited in Business Valuation (both issued by the AICPA) is a Certified Fraud Examiner (issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist ("CAMS"). Mr. Spindler graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1981.

B. Riley Advisory Services works with lenders, law firms, private equity sponsors and companies of all types. Our Advisory Services are a unique mix of Valuation and Appraisal Services including asset-based lending (ABL) Valuations; Restructuring and Turnaround Management; Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support; Operations Management; Compliance, Risk & Resilience Services; and Transaction Support Services including Due Diligence and Quality of Earnings Reviews. B. Riley Advisory Services is the trade name for GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC, Great American Group Advisory & Valuation Services, LLC, Great American Group Machinery & Equipment, LLC, and Great American Group Intellectual Property, LLC.