Holly Sharp, CPA, CFE, CFF, Director of Litigation and Forensic Accounting

Holly Sharp, CPA, CFE, CFF

Director of Litigation and Forensic Accounting

Holly is the Director of the Litigation and Forensic Accounting Services Department for LaPorte. Her experience includes extensive consulting work in the areas of taxation for individuals, corporations and other entities, as well as financial planning, estate planning, and business succession planning.

Holly also provides litigation services including testimony and forensic accounting services in accounting, financial, economic and business issues.


  • M.S. Tax Accounting, University of New Orleans, 1981
  • B.S. Business Management, Tulane University, 1979


Professional Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member, Economic Damages Task Force 2012, Member, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Services Committee 1996-1999, Chairman, Economic Damages Task Force 1998-1999
  • Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
  • New Orleans Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • New Orleans Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners, Past Officer
  • Women’s Professional Council, Past President


Civic Affiliations:

  • Tulane Association of Business Alumni, Past President
  • Tulane University, Planned Giving Committee
  • Tulane Tax Institute, Planning Committee
  • Preservation Resource Center, President 2009-2010
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Board Member
  • New Orleans Science and Math Charter School, Board Member
  • The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Board Member
  • Louise S. McGehee School, Past Board Member
  • St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, Elder



  • New Orleans CityBusiness 2006 Women of the Year
  • A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, 2001 Outstanding Accounting Alumnae
  • Louise S. McGehee School, 1994 Outstanding Alumna


Employment History:

  • LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors, 1981-present
  • Tulane University, 1999-present


Publications Past 10 Years:

  • “Personal Injury,” Litigation Support Report Writing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003
  • Measuring Damages Involving Individuals: A CPA’s Litigation Service Guide with Case Studies, AICPA, 2004
  • Introduction to Litigation Services, Bisk Education, Inc., 2005
  • Lost Profit Damage Calculation, Bisk Education, Inc., 2005


Selected Speeches:

  • “Calculation of Damages from Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Employment Discrimination,” AICPA National Advanced Litigation Services Conference, October 14, 1998
  • “Calculating Loss of Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Employment Discrimination,” LCPA Litigation Services Conference, October 29, 1999
  • “Calculation of Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases: Advanced Issues,” AICPA National Advanced Litigation Services Conference, October 17, 2000
  • “Calculating Economic Damages in Louisiana,” Lorman Education Services, November 3, 2000
  • “Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis for Lawyers,” Lorman Education Services, June 14, 2001
  • “Calculation of Damages in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Wrongful Termination,” National Litigation Support Services Association, 2002 Spring Conference, May 9-10, 2002
  • “Calculation of Economic Damages,” ASWA National Conference, October 17, 2002
  • “The Role of the Certified Public Accountant in Forensic Accounting, University of New Orleans, December 6, 2002
  • “Forensic Accounting: Fraudulent Reporting, Concealed Assets, Computer Theft,” Illinois, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Washington Societies of CPA’s, various dates
  • “Business Interruption Losses and Lost Profits Damage Calculations,” AICPA Conference on Fraud and Litigation Services, September 28, 2005
  • “Calculation of Damages in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Wrongful Termination cases” AICPA National Forensic Accounting Conference, September 25, 2009
  • “Personal Injury/ Wrongful Death Damages” Mississippi Business Valuation & Litigation Support Services Conference, November 6, 2009
  • “Taxation for the Non-Taxation Lawyer” Louisiana State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, October 22, 2010


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