Anthony “Tony” Menendez joined LMU in fall 2019 as the George A. Dasaro Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting. Tony teaches auditing and fraud examination courses. His other research and teaching interests include business ethics.
Tony is best known as the “Accountant Who Beat Halliburton” and is widely recognized for his decade-long legal battle with the oil giant as a corporate whistleblower under Sarbanes-Oxley. Despite having no formal legal training, he prevailed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as a pro-se litigant. Ultimately, his case has resulted in significantly increased protections for all corporate whistleblowers.
Tony brings nearly 25 years of professional experience to LMU and provides forensic accounting and litigation consulting services to attorneys in complex nationally litigated cases involving allegations of improper accounting and financial reporting. Tony has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors. He is the former controller of U.S. sales, service and marketing for General Motors where he oversaw over $100 billion in annual revenues and a former audit executive with Ernst & Young where he provided assurance services to entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies. He is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner.
A native of Texas, Tony earned a master’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Houston. In 2017, he was honored with the Accounting Exemplar Award from the American Accounting Association for his notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting.
Texas A&M University-Commerce: M.S., Accounting 2019
University of Houston: B.B.A., Accounting 1995
Areas of Expertise (4)
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Industry Expertise (1)
Accounting Exemplar Award | American Accounting Association (professional)
In recognition for notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting practice
Accounting in the Public Interest Award (professional)
Presented by the Center for Accounting Ethics, Governance, and the Public Interest at Loyola Marymount University in recognition for ethical leadership, integrity, and distinguished service in the public interest.
Sentinel Award | Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (professional)
In recognition of choosing truth over self