James “Jim” Hart is the founder and Managing Member of Lightfoot Group, LLC. Jim is a CPA who spent his early career auditing financial institutions, real estate and diverse industries with Peat, Marwick & Mitchell (now KPMG). After serving as Controller of a publicly owned mortgage banking firm and Chief Financial Officer of a managing general insurance agency, he started a financial consulting firm in Atlanta where he began providing forensic accounting and related financial consulting services to businesses, lenders, investors and attorneys. In addition he has been serving as a court-appointed neutral (receiver, auditor and special master) since 1996. Jim also worked for two Atlanta-area forensic and valuation service firms before establishing Lightfoot Group, LLC.
In addition to being a CPA in Georgia, Jim is: Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the AICPA, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) by the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA.
Lightfoot Group’s professional services fall into the following categories:
Significant Business Challenges: Solutions and assistance with significantly important business issues and problems
Management/Ownership Transitions: Hands-on assistance with management/CEO changes and preparing companies for sale
Dispute Resolution Services: Pre-litigation help for owners/advisers of businesses and family businesses involved in business disputes
Interim Management: Jim has multiple decades of experience as a court-appointed receiver, consultant and interim manager