Accounting Expert Barry Jay Epstein Joins SS&G CPA will Continue to Focus on Auditor Liability, Securities Litigation, Fraud, and Forensic Accounting

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Barry Epstein, Ph.D., CPA, CFF, has joined the accounting firm SS&G, Inc. ( as a director in the firm’s newest office, located in the River North neighborhood of downtown. Epstein, an author and accounting expert on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and international financial reporting standards (IFRS), previously was affiliated with Russell Novak & Company, LLP, where he served as a litigation partner.

“It is a great honor to join SS&G, one of the top 50 accounting firms in the country,” said Epstein. “I look forward to working with such dynamic leaders as SS&G Managing Director Gary Shamis, Lewis Baum, director of business valuation and litigation consulting services, as well as the firm’s more than 425 other professionals.”

Shamis said Epstein will be instrumental in helping to establish SS&G as one of the region’s foremost professional services organizations.

“We believe Barry will be key in helping foster our ever-increasing opportunities in the Chicagoland market,” Shamis said. “We are very pleased to welcome him and the group of outstanding professionals who have joined the SS&G family.”

Epstein is assisted by SS&G associate director Susan Cheng, CPA, CFA, CA, CFE, CFF, ABV, who has over twenty years of experience in the areas of accounting, auditing, litigation advisory, due diligence, valuation, Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee governance consulting, and public company internal audit outsourcing.

Epstein’s work centers around technical consultation on GAAP, IFRS, auditing standards, forensic accounting, and Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee compliance. He is a practicing accountant who works with attorneys in securities litigation, white collar defense, financial reporting fraud, and accountants’ malpractice.

He is the author of “The Handbook of Accounting and Auditing,” published semi-annually by RIA, Thomson Reuters’ source of tax and accounting information. Epstein also has served as the lead author of “Wiley GAAP,” “Wiley IFRS,” and several other works on U.S. GAAP and international accounting standards published by John Wiley & Sons.

Epstein can be reached at (312) 464-3520 or BEpstein(at)SSandG(dot)com.

SS&G ( is a full-service certified public accounting, business advisory, and management consulting firm encompassing assurance, tax, employee benefits, and restaurant financial services. It also provides a broad scope of services through its health care, wealth management, and payroll entities. SS&G is the 42nd largest independent accounting and business consulting firm in the United States. It is a founding member firm of The Leading Edge Alliance, an international association of independently owned accounting and consulting organizations.


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