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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Registration: 7:00 AM

Bergen Community CollegeTechnology Education Center - Room T-128,
Paramus, NJ 07652

CPE Credits

  • 4.00 CPE Credits in AA


Free Event
This event is part of the following event bundles:
  • Bergen Chapter Firm Season Ticket - 2017/18
  • Bergen Chapter Season Pass - 2017/18
Hear the latest updates in accounting and auditing, including risk management essentials for modern-day practitioners.


Earn 4 CPE credits in Accounting and Auditing.


A&A Risk Management Essentials for Modern-day Practitioners
John Raspante, CPA, MST, CDFA

In this session, we will discuss:

  • Current trends in professional liability claims
  • Best practices in claims mitigation
  • Cyber liability exposures
SSARSs Update - 2018 and Peer Review covering Compilation & Review Services
Melvin F. Crystal , CPA, CGMA

Mel Crystal has presented more than 1800 continuing professional education courses since 1992. Specializing in accounting and auditing issues including compilations and reviews, the bread & butter reporting vehicle of the local CPA firm. In this program Mel will discuss:

  • The latest in the SSARS pronouncements through # 23 and beyond: Improving your work product and your bottom line.
  • The engagement reviews within the Peer Review program and how it can be improved to benefit us.
Risk Management: Practical Tips and Considerations
Peter J. Larkin, J.D.

Hear from Peter Larkin, an attorney whose practice focuses on the legal representation of accountants, as he discusses risk management and practical tips and considerations from his 20 plus years of representing accountants in an array of situations. Peter will focus on fraud considerations and risk management across the life cycle of an attest engagement.



Advance Preparation


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Mel Crystal

Mel Crystal, CPA
Crystal, Suskind & Dworkin LLP

Mel Crystal, CPA, is a member of the AICPA, NJSCPA and NYSSCPA, and is a practicing CPA with an office in Freehold, NJ. He is a qualified Team Captain conducting Peer Review under the AICPA Monitoring Program and has served for seven terms on the Peer Review Committee of the NYSSCPA. He is currently serving his sixth term on the Professional Ethics Committee of the NYSSCPA.

Peter Larkin

Peter J. Larkin, J.D.

Peter Larkin provides legal counsel and representation to accountants and accounting firms in connection with all aspects of their businesses. He is co-chair of Wilson Elser’s national Accountants practice. In addition to professional malpractice defense and commercial disputes, Peter’s practice encompasses regulatory investigations and proceedings, risk management, ethics proceedings, and transactional matters involving accounting firms. He also represents businesses and banking institutions in a wide array of commercial disputes.

Given his strong working knowledge of accounting principles and familiarity with the New York Office of the Professions, Peter regularly is called upon by accountants facing ethics complaints and the potential loss of license. Peter also is involved in such diverse areas as securities, tax and banking laws, RICO, ERISA, accounting standards, fraud investigations, employment disputes, post-employment restrictive covenants, purchases and sales of professional practices, partnership disputes and separations, and risk management and best practices for accounting and financial professionals. Peter’s effectiveness in these matters is built on his ability to not only translate the law for his clients but also fluently communicate the principles of the accounting profession to judges, juries and opposing counsel.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Peter was a court attorney and senior court attorney with the New York Appellate Division, Second Department. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting.

John Raspante

John F. Raspante, CPA, MST, CDFA
Director of Risk Management
CPA Protector Plan

John F. Raspante formally worked for North American Professional Liability Insurance Agency (“NAPLIA”) as SVP / Director of Risk Management. Prior to NAPLIA, John was the Director of Compliance and Risk Management as well as the Director of Education for Graf Repetti & Co. LLP, Certified Public Accountants & Business Advisors. John also worked nine years for CAMICO Mutual Insurance Company, of which he was responsible for providing loss prevention services to the organization’s largest insured’s.

John earned a BBA in accounting from Baruch College (CUNY) and a master’s degree in tax from Washington School of Law. He also holds the designation Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. His professional affiliations include memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and multiple state accounting societies. He also serves on NYSSCPA’s Compilation and Review Committee, NJSCPA’s Editorial Board and the Accounting and Auditing interest group, and the National Conference of CPAs’ Ethics Committee. John is an in-demand speaker and has written several articles for the accounting profession on issues relating to risk management and professional ethics.

John’s responsibilities at CPA Protector Plan will include assisting insured's in minimizing professional liability exposures and claims mitigation by implementing a world class Risk Management Program, State Society and Association Endorsements and increasing gross written premium.

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