Robert W. Walter, Esq. is a securities attorney with Richardson & Patel, Los Angeles, California, officing in Colorado. He represents small and mid-cap companies in capital market transactions including IPOs, follow-on offerings, private placements, and M&A. He also is active in representing whistleblowers before the SEC in connection with potential violations of the federal securities laws.Since 2000 and 2012, he has also served as an instructor of continuing professional education (CPE) courses for the AICPA and IASeminars, London, England, respectively. He has written ten CPE courses and six books on SEC reporting and capital markets, corporate governance, small business financing, business ethics, business law, and financial statement fraud. Mr. Walter received the AICPA's Outstanding Discussion Leader award in 2015, 2014 and 2013, placing him among the top 20 AICPA instructors nationally. The opinions he expresses are his own.
The CPE courses authored by Mr. Walter include: Detecting and Investigating Financial Statement Fraud; Management's Discussion and Analysis Workshop; Corporate Governance Fundamentals; Understanding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; SEC Reporting for International Companies; Advanced Business Law for CPAs; Real World Business Ethics (for tax practitioners, for audit and accounting, and for business and industry); Tough Economic Times, Current Issues and Critical Ethical Judgments; AICPA's Guide to Financing the Small Business; Public Reporting Responsibilities: Putting Your Best Foot Forward; and the SEC and PCAOB Quarterly Update. Mr. Walter speaks extensively on SEC and PCAOB matters, IFRS, business ethics, and risk management.at national and state conferences.
Mr. Walter received his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Colorado State University. In 2012, he completed coursework such that he is now eligible to sit for the CPA exam. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court of the State of Colorado. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar, the Colorado bar, Mensa, the Author's Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Beta Gamma Sigma. His is also a former member of the Standing Advisory Group to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
(2004 – 2005), which advises the PCAOB in carrying out its standard-setting responsibilities and consists of approximately 33 members from throughout the U.S. with expertise in accounting, auditing, corporate finance, and corporate governance.