• ACFE Faculty


    Ralph Q. Summerford, CFE, CPA/ABV/CFF
    Forensic Strategic Solutions, Inc. 

    ralph-summerford-150x225.jpgRalph Q. Summerford is the President of Forensic Strategic Solutions, Inc., a firm of fraud and forensic investigators headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, recognized as one of the top forensic firms in the U.S. Summerford and his team of professionals specialize in forensic and investigative accounting, computer forensics, expert witness services, fraud examination, business valuations and litigation consulting. 

    Summerford works primarily in the area of forensic accounting, fraud examination and bankruptcy. He works closely with both plaintiff and defense attorneys; corporate boards and audit committees; insurance company special investigation units; government inspector generals; and governmental agencies such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Trade Commission, and the Pension Benefit and Guaranty Corporation.

    Summerford testifies as an expert witness in federal and state courts on matters involving complicated financial transactions. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is on the faculty of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners where he is a regular speaker and instructor at programs across the U.S. and abroad. He has served the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as vice chairman of its Board of Regents, chairman of its Professional Standards and Practices Committee, and chairman of its Board of Review. He is a guest lecturer at seminars, colleges and universities where he strives to enhance the understanding of fraud and forensic accounting.

    Summerford has been quoted in publications such as the Journal of Accountancy, USA Today, HR Magazine, Birmingham Business Journal, and The Birmingham News. Additionally, he has published articles that have appeared in Institute of Management and Administration’s (IOMA) Report on Preventing Business Fraud, Bank Fraud & IT Security Report, Baltimore SmartCEO, Financial Fraud, Internal Auditing & Business Risk, AccountingToday, and Fraud Magazine. He has served as a director and officer on numerous professional and civic boards.

    Summerford received a B.S. degree from the University of Alabama. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and numerous state societies of CPA’s; Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; and the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.