James F. Hart, CPA, MBA, CFF, CIRA, CFE, ABV

Jim_2James “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 1995.  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:

Neutral Financial Expert:  Jointly-retained neutral financial expert services for parties and their counsel

Court-AppointedJim has multiple decades of experience as a court-appointed Receiver, Special Master and Auditor

Dispute Resolution ServicesCustomized assistance to Trustees, Executors, Administrators & Beneficiaries

Forensic Accounting:  Faud & financial investigations, damages, insurance claims, valuation, bankruptcy/insolvency…