Michael J. Knight, Partner
CPA, CFF, CVA, ABV, CFE
Mr. Knight graduated from Fairfield University in 1973. He attended the MBA program through Bridgeport University.
Mr. Knight is a frequent speaker at small business planning forums and has appeared before the U.S. Congress and the IRS on small business issues such as Sec. 83 and 2036 repeal, the unavailability of capital, and independent contractor hearings. He most recently (1997) chaired the New York State Society of CPA's Task Force on the Commission for Restructuring the IRS and testified in Washington before the national commission. He has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, and WBIZ and is regularly interviewed by business publications such as Wall Street Journal, Money, Accounting Today, Business Week, USA Today, Journal of Taxation, and the Tax Adviser.
Prior to the formation of Michael J. Knight & Co., CPAS which became Knight Rolleri Sheppard CPAS, LLP, Mr. Knight was a senior tax manager with Price Waterhouse. Since 1975, he has provided tax consulting and accounting services for companies ranging in size from start up operations to Fortune 500 corporations.
Mr. Knight regularly performs, and is an expert valuation witness, in divorce and estate cases. He was also recently an expert witness who successfully defended a client against SEC fraud charges. He has also performed numerous forensic engagements, which uncovered and resulted in successful prosecution of fraud.
In 1992, Mr. Knight was named New England regional winner of the Accountant Advocate of the Year award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 1992, he was the recipient of the 1992 AICPA - Connecticut Society of CPAs Public Service Award. Mr. Knight received the prestigious New York State Society of CPA's Max Block award in May 2000 for his article which appeared in the December 1999 The CPA Journal regarding Independent Contractors. In 1994, Mr. Knight received his Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) license and in 1997 received his Certified Valuation Analyst license (CVA).
A professional career highlight occurred on November 26, 2007, when Michael Knight appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States as a plaintiff in the case of Michael J. Knight, Trustee v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
Mr. Knight is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.