Steven M. Platau, J.D., CPA, ABV
Steve Platau is a Professor of Accounting at the University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business where he has served on the faculty since 1984 including more than a decade as department chair. His teaching has been focused on tax, financial accounting and the legal aspects of financial transactions. He has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College teaching judges nationally since 1996. His teaching has been honored with multiple awards including Outstanding Discussion Leader and Outstanding Educator Awards from the Florida Institute of CPAs. He has presented more than 1,200 continuing education programs in 48 states and Puerto Rico. His service to the profession includes more than a decade on the Florida Institute’s Board of Governors and service on the AICPA’s Joint Trial Board. His clients include large financial services firms, trade associations and professional service firms nationally. He appears as a testifying expert and works as a consulting expert in large and complex litigation typically focused on financial issues. Steve began arbitrating cases for the American Arbitration Association in 1985 and has been a panel member on more than a hundred cases. He also arbitrates and mediates cases in state courts. These cases range in size from small consumer disputes to large and complex multimillion dollar international matters. He is a member of the Large and Complex Case and International Tribunal panels of the AAA and serves as a trainer for arbitrator training classes. CPA’s frequently call on Professor Platau to assist them with risk management issues ranging from engagement documentation and marketing materials to independence, ethics and firm policies. He is an Attorney-CPA with a career that includes two of the “Big Four” accounting firms featuring industry experience in natural resources and hospitality franchise accounting. He has published widely in journals including the Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal and Taxation. For more than two decades Mr. Platau has had a significant focus in the area of professional liability of accountants.