Martin Staks is a Director in the Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations group. He brings 40 years of professional services experience, serving chief legal, risk and compliance, financial, and information officers. He works extensively with boards of directors, audit committees, and other special committees.

Martin is an expert in developing case strategy and approaches for complex financial and litigation matters and with their fulfillment and project management. He has supported hundreds of client/project teams in matters involving analyzing economic damages, shareholder and post-acquisition disputes, independent investigations (internal risk management and regulatory/compliance), and commercial fraud. He brings the know-how to help develop the going-in strategy and to further deliver solutions that address the unique requirements of each matter, with a focus on optimizing cost-effectiveness and quality assurance.  His experience also includes operational management including: due diligence (acquisitions); business start-ups; and the effective utilization of information technology and resources. 

Prior to joining Stout, Martin was a Managing Director at Natoma Partners, a boutique accounting forensics firm. Prior to that he worked at Huron Consulting Group, within the Legal Services practice, heading up the operations unit in support of forensic and digital evidence engagements. Prior to that he was a founding Managing Director at Protiviti where he also served in an interim Chief Information Officer role, and was part of the Arthur Andersen transition team. Prior to that, Martin was a Partner at Arthur Andersen, where he began his career with the Advisory Services practice, now known as Accenture. 

At Andersen, Martin co-chaired the firm’s internal audit efforts, which included international and data privacy initiatives, during which time he participated in the SMU Cox School of Business – Privacy Counsel. He worked primarily within the Litigation Consulting and Technology Risk Consulting practices, but also headed up various cross-practice initiatives related to business processes and information, data mining, forecasting/modeling, and computer-assisted audit techniques. He was a named participant with the firm’s U.S. patent 09/986,218 and invention of a proxy process and system related to credit card transactions over a computer network.  Also, during the economic expansion of Central and Eastern Europe in the 1990’s, Martin founded and developed Andersen’s offices in The Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania).

Select Publications

  • Stout Insights - Article Series

    GET SMART - Forensically Speaking... For the Litigator
  • Residential Mortgage Loan Sales and Repurchases

    Accounting, Disclosure, Control Issues, and Risks Relating to Sellers’ Representations and Warranties

Select Presentations and Speeches

  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar November 2016

    Developing Case Strategy and Approaches Regarding Complex and Data Intensive (“BIG DATA”) Financial/Litigation Matters
  • The Internal Institute of Auditors (IIA) Chicago Audit Managers’ Roundtable November 2014

    Accounting and Computer Forensics Roles in Disputes and Investigations