On My Side 2021 Honoree
Advocate of the Year
The Advocate of the Year Award honors an individual who has shown extraordinary commitment to advocacy and research to support the rights of trafficking survivors. Edith Wong is a managing director in the Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice of FTI Consulting, based in New York. Earlier this year, the Human Trafficking Legal Center contacted FTI to request forensic accountant assistance on a pro bono case. Edith volunteered to assist and applied her litigation consulting and forensic accounting skills to develop extensive financial analyses for multiple victims of sex trafficking, conduct interviews with the survivors, and draft compelling expert reports to be filed with the court on an extremely truncated schedule. Her excellent pro bono work will likely lead to significant criminal restitution for victims who otherwise might have received no compensation.
About the Honoree
Edith Wong has more than 16 years of professional experience providing accounting advisory services to clients across a range of complex needs. These include conducting large-scale accounting review and investigations involving cash tracing analyses, forensic accounting, whistleblower allegations, misappropriation of assets, and other types of white-collar crime.
Ms. Wong’s accounting investigation engagements typically involve analyses of complex data, including accounting records, financial statements, bank account activity, and other types of financial information. In connection with these engagements, Ms. Wong has presented to the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Ms. Wong’s litigation and dispute advisory experience include corporate transactions, bankruptcy restructuring, shareholder valuation, breach of contract claims, management fee calculations, post-acquisition purchase price disputes, and other types of commercial disputes. She drafts expert reports and assists attorneys in all aspects of deposition and trial testimony preparation.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Wong was a senior consultant in the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice of Ernst & Young in their New York office, where she specialized in large financial restatements and accounting malpractice cases. In this role, Ms. Wong spent a large portion of her time working in Hong Kong, Japan, China, and other countries throughout Asia.
Ms. Wong holds a bachelor of science in accounting and finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Wong has developed and conducted training at FTI Consulting on topics including anti-corruption, audit malpractice, and complex data analyses. She has authored many articles on conducting accounting investigations and served as a faculty member for accounting programs offered by the Practicing Law Institute in New York. Ms. Wong is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
In addition to client service, Ms. Wong also devotes time to pro bono matters, including remission and restitution cases relating to human trafficking. She has worked with the Human Trafficking Legal Center to submit expert reports quantifying compensation owed to human trafficking victims.