- Kessler International World Headquarters 45 Rockefeller Plaza 20th Floor New York, NY 10111-2000
Holds a BS (1973) and MBA (1978) from St. John’s University – Peter J Tobin College of Business and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Business (1981) from Pace University-Lubin School of Business.
Professional Licenses and Certifications:
Licensed in New York State as a Business Education and Accounting Instructor and by NY, NJ, FL, AZ, MI, MO, CT, GA, PA, CA, IL, WA and Puerto Rico as a Private Investigator. Qualified as a Certified Forensic Accountant, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, Certified Construction Auditor, Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner, Board Certified Forensic Examiner and a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Accounting. Has also attained Fellow status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and is a member of and has attained accreditation from the Academy of Experts in the United Kingdom and has been qualified in a number of jurisdictions (State, Federal, UK) as an Expert in the area of forensic accounting and computer forensics. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Inspectors General, the IT committee of The Institute for Internal Controls and the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Institute of Business Appraisers. He has also served on the Litigation Forensics Board of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and was a member and the Chairman of the American College of Forensic Examiners International – Executive Board of Forensic Accounting.
American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American College of Forensic Examiners, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Forensic Expert Witness Association, The Academy of Experts-UK, The Institute for Internal Controls, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, National Law Enforcement Associates, Law Enforcement Video Association, International Association Computer Investigative Specialist, Association of Inspectors General.
Additionally, Mr. Kessler has been classified as an expert in the area of forensic accounting and computer forensics and has provided his expertise for many defense and plaintiff cases involving fraud, embezzlement, malpractice, damage calculations, real estate, intellectual property, construction, insurance, estates, hospitality, health care, money laundering, high technology and computer crimes. He has also been tasked by Fortune 500 companies, federal and state government agencies and professional associations to develop and execute forensic audit training programs for their staff. Mr. Kessler has also been requested to be an Independent Private Sector Inspector General for corporations and government agencies.
Mr. Kessler is licensed in New York State as a Business Education and Accounting Instructor and by NY, NJ, FL, AZ, MI, CT, GA, PA, CA, IL, WA and Puerto Rico as a Private Investigator. He has served as an instructor at Hofstra University and has been qualified as a Certified Forensic Accountant, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and is a Dipolmate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting. Mr. Kessler has also attained Fellow status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and has been qualified in a number of jurisdictions as an Expert in the area of forensic accounting and computer forensics. He has served on the Litigation Forensics Board of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and is currently the Chairman of the American College of Forensic Examiners International – Executive Board of Forensic Accounting and is a member of the IT committee of The Institute for Internal Controls. Mr. Kessler has also attained accreditation from the Academy of Experts in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Kessler has received letters of commendation from government officials throughout the country. In 1984 he received the Outstanding Citizenship Award from the City of New York for his exemplary service to the city. Mr. Kessler is the editor of “The Kessler Report,” numerous trade publication articles and a co- author of “Fraud Audit Review Manual for Hospitals” published by the HCFA-HHS.
Financial fraud. Intellectual Property theft. Computer Crimes. Every day, crimes like these put your company’s property and reputation on the line. It’s no wonder record numbers of businesses are turning to corporate investigation firms to help them maintain their competitive edge.
What sets us apart?
The question is, what makes one investigative consulting firm better than the rest?
The answer: a rare combination of financial expertise, investigation skills and street-wise knowledge that only one firm can deliver…Kessler International. We call that combination “The Kessler Difference” and we can put it to work for you.
Integrity You Can Rely On
While other traditional firms make promising claims about their forensic accounting and investigation abilities, only Kessler International combines the financial expertise of an accounting firm with the investigation capabilities of a private investigator.
As a pioneer in a now burgeoning field, we set the industry standard. We don’t need to make hollow claims; the quality and integrity of our work has earned us the trust and respect of companies worldwide.
Experience You Can’t Buy
Founder and principal Michael G. Kessler has over three decades of law enforcement and investigation experience, and has assisted in hundreds of successful investigations for business and government. Working closely with each client, he brings the full benefit of this valuable experience to bear on your unique case.
The Kessler staff of forensic accountants, CPAs, researchers and investigators are the best in the field, with years of sleeves-up service and training in their disciplines. The Kessler team knows what to look for in complex paper trails, and they know what it takes to conduct investigations quickly, discretely and cost-effectively.
We Fight Fire with Fire
Kessler International employs cutting edge methods and tools to help you meet today’s highly sophisticated, high-tech criminals head-on. We constantly invest in new technologies, like the latest audio and photo/video equipment, continuously-updated company and personal profile databases, and our exclusive Internet monitoring software. That way, we’re always ready to uncover, document and resolve your case with utmost speed and discretion.
Kessler International is the single source you can rely on for all your investigation and information needs. Our unified approach of combining financial knowledge with state-of-the-art forensic methods distinguishes us in the field. Our streamlined reporting services give you not more information-but better information, so you have the confidence and knowledge to act in an informed manner.
No Case Too Remote
With Kessler International you have a global partner with worldwide presence and resources needed to address any threat to your business, wherever it may arise. With offices located throughout the world, Kessler employees possess valuable contacts with government agencies, security personnel and law enforcement around the globe. As a major participant in an extensive, global network of worldwide investigation consulting affiliates, we have instant access to local resources and forensic experts worldwide.
Results that Speak for Themselves
Our growing roster of satisfied clients – from Fortune 500 companies to startups alike – speaks volumes for the results we deliver every day.
The Kessler Staff
Among our full time employees are Certified Forensic Accountants, Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Brand Protection Professionals, Certified Internal Controls Auditors, CPAs, Certified Computer Forensics Engineers, investigators, financial analysts, research professionals and former law enforcement officers.
The members of our worldwide team of professionals are, without exception, the best in their fields and were handpicked to perform their respective duties. Their ability to excel in their chosen specialties and to complement each other’s skills is what enables Kessler to provide its clients with complete and thorough solutions.
The Kessler Commitment
I established Kessler International with the goal of becoming the preeminent corporate investigative firm worldwide. Over 26 years later, Kessler International has evolved into a distinguished and renowned provider of not only corporate investigations, but also forensic accounting, digital forensics and intellectual property protection services. The type of recognition and respect Kessler has received in these fields does not come by chance. It comes through hard work, dedication, and a commitment to excellence that clients recognize, refer to others, and come back to themselves. The Kessler Commitment is backed by me personally, and it means that when you trust Kessler with your most difficult questions, our experts will work tirelessly to find you the answers that others cannot. I encourage you to contact us today to learn more about what sets us apart.
Michael G. Kessler
President & CEO