Melissa Bennis headshot Melissa Bennis
Principal
(312) 506-1506

mbennis@dhllc.com

Melissa Bennis is a Principal at Davis & Hosfield Consulting LLC. She is retained as an expert witness on damages in the case of litigation and provides related financial consulting for clients nationwide. Ms. Bennis has testified in deposition, trial and arbitration in venues around the country.

Her work has involved disputes with claims of patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, trade secret misappropriation, misappropriation of confidential information, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, interference with advantageous business relations, tortious interference, unjust enrichment, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty of loyalty, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, dealer termination, defamation, violation of the FCRA, wrongful termination and other types of business disputes. This work has spanned a broad and diverse array of industries.

Prior to becoming an original member of Davis & Hosfield Consulting, Ms. Bennis consulted with two of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Northwestern University, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with Honors from the University of Illinois and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

EDUCATION

M.B.A. – Accounting, Marketing and Management & Strategy – Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

B.S. Finance with an emphasis in Accounting – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Honors)

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)

American Bar Association (ABA)

Licensing Executives Society (LES)

SELECT PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

“Successful Strategies for Calculating Damages.”  2014 Illinois CPA Society Fraud & Forensic Symposium. Standard Club.  Chicago, Illinois.  28 October 2014.

2014 Illinois CPA Society Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference committee member

Bennis, Melissa A. and Sara D. Rinke.  “Communicating with Your Expert Witness.”  The Woman Advocate.  

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Summer 2009, Vol. 14: (8.)

AWARDS

Named Illinois CPA Society and AICPA 2013 Woman to Watch (CPA)