Tina Stark’s philosophy in teaching workshops on financial statements is that the material must be comprehensible to lawyers (who are notoriously number phobic) and pragmatic. The goal is not to turn lawyers into accountants. Debits and credits are not a part of the curriculum. Rather the goal is to turn lawyers into sophisticated users of financial statements. This means demonstrating, whenever possible, how a particular concept might be used, or abused, in a lawyer’s practice.
SLE’s course offerings are designed so that each of the courses can be taught independently of the others or so that they can be combined to create a series of courses that build on each other. In addition, SLE will create a workshop or tailor its existing programs to meet a client’s special needs.
Tina Stark and David Williams team-teach SLE’s accounting and finance programs. Together, they bring a unique perspective and depth to SLE’s accounting and finance programs. Complementing Tina’s practical legal and business background is David’s accounting and finance experience.
David is a principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP and regularly serves as a consultant or expert witness in large, complex commercial litigation. In connection with this work, he often helps lawyers understand the accounting, financial, statistical, and economic issues inherent in these litigations.
David lectures and writes extensively on general business topics. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Fordham University School of Law and is a former chair of PLI’s satellite program on accounting. He holds a B.A. in Economics and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.