Tracy Katz, CPA
Ms. Katz graduated from Nova Southeastern University, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1993. While pursuing her undergraduate education, Ms. Katz was employed full-time as a controller and then promoted to chief financial officer of a company operating a chain of pre-schools. In 1994 she relocated to Los Angeles to attend law school. Ms. Katz graduated from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles with her Juris Doctorate in 1997.
After passing the bar that same year, Ms. Katz joined Gursey | Schneider LLP where she is currently a partner in the firm’s Litigation Services Department, specializing in the area of forensic accounting in family law and civil litigation matters. She has performed a wide range of litigation accounting services including: business appraisals, determination of gross cash flow available for support, marital lifestyle analyses, pension plan allocations, stock option apportionments, tracing/characterization of assets, analysis of reimbursement claims, and contract and royalty analyses in the film, television and music industries. Ms. Katz has testified as an expert witness on these matters in eight counties in the state of California, as well as one in the state of Hawaii.
Since beginning at Gursey | Schneider LLP, Ms. Katz has attended annual continuing education courses and seminars hosted by various associations. She is also a frequent lecturer at various continuing education seminars, including: the Family Law Symposiums of both the Beverly Hills Bar Association [BHBA] and the Los Angeles County Bar Association [LACBA], the California Society of Certified Public Accountants [CalCPA] Family Law Conference, and the joint American Institute of Certified Public Accountants [AICPA] and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers [AAML] National Divorce Conference. At the aforementioned symposiums and conferences, Ms. Katz has lectured on a multitude of family law topics such as Marital Standard of Living, high income earners and children’s reasonable needs analyses, same sex marriages/dissolution, and complex cash flow. Ms. Katz frequently sits on the planning committee for the CalCPA Family Law Conference and the biennial AAML National Divorce Conference. Ms. Katz is a past Chair of the CalCPA Family Law Section, as well as a current member of Family Law Executive Committee for LACBA. In 2014, Ms. Katz joined the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation’s Forensic & Business Valuation Division as one of only 28 Charter Members from across the nation and only one of two from the state of California.
Ms. Katz has authored and co-authored articles on the use of forensic accountants in marital dissolutions, celebrity goodwill, and utilizing forensic accountants to analyze pre-and post-nuptial agreements. She has also co-authored two chapters in the book, “Litigation Support Report Writing; Accounting, Finance, and Economic Issues” and also co-authored a chapter in the book, “The BVR/AHLA Guide to Healthcare Valuation” called “Jurisdictional Issues in Physician Practice Divorce Valuation: California (A Community Property State)”.