The ALA Advisory Board develops policies and operational strategies to ensure the accomplishment of the ALA’s objectives and goals. Each member serves for a term of two years and may be reappointed for consecutive terms.

The Advisory Board serves to ensure we are meeting the needs of our members by facilitating the discussions around educational courses, member benefits, and ensuring the success and longevity of the Accountant-Lawyer Alliance. The advisory board meets quarterly to review such items.


Peter founded the Accountant-Lawyer Alliance (ALA) after conducting his doctoral dissertation research on technology-based collaboration between accountants and lawyers. His research demonstrated both the benefits of professional collaboration, as well as the need for both the accounting and legal professions to work together more effectively to better serve their clients. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College, a Master of Science Degree in Taxation from Drexel University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management from Northcentral University.


LEE D. SANDERSON, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA, MST is a national expert specializing in providing a wide range of independent business valuation and forensic accounting services primarily for divorce cases. In addition, having worked with hundreds of businesses, he consults with companies to build value focused business models to maximize growth. Mr. Sanderson is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and holds a Master of Science degree in Taxation. He is experienced as an expert witness offering expert testimony on business valuation, forensic accounting and tax matters in Boston, New York, Connecticut and Miami. Mr. Sanderson has been appointed in numerous cases directly by the Court as the Court’s Independent Forensic Expert and has successfully participated in the role of an independent neutral through his work in mediations, settlement conferences, depositions, engagements as a jointly retained expert and arbitrations. Sanderson has been a frequent lecturer and contributing author for courses including Business Valuation for Attorneys (2019 Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law Conference), How to Accurately Apply the New Tax Laws to Business Valuation (The New York City Bar), Financial Forensics for Shareholder Disputes, The MCLE Family Law Conference, Trying Divorce Cases, Enhance your Family Law Financial IQ and Divorce Law Basics. In addition, Sanderson has been a guest speaker and instructor for various associations including the Boston Bar Association, The New York City Bar Association, the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has authored numerous articles, training courses and frequently appears as a guest speaker on financial topics at legal and accounting conferences.    

Mansour Farhat, CPA

Mansour Farhat is a founder of Farhat Accounting Lectures. Farhat Accounting Lectures is a platform for helping Accounting students, CPA and CMA candidates achieving their goals. Currently, Mansour is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Community College of Philadelphia. Mansour is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and runs his own Accounting firm. Mansour is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Mansour earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Finance and a Master in accountancy from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


James Hallinan is an independent business consultant specializing in internal audit: risk management, control and governance related review services; training and development; and quality assessment. He has over 25 years of diversified corporate/ bank internal audit and related independent business consulting experience. He is well-versed in virtually all major aspects of internal audit, risk/ control, and governance related engagements for community (and larger) banks, including (but not limited to): leading internal audit outsourcing programs; FDICIA and Sarbanes-Oxley internal control related design/ documentation and operating level effectiveness assessment projects; sensitive Bank Secrecy Act/ Anti-Money Laundering independent audits; high risk funds transfer operational reviews; and annual independent ALM/ IRR internal control reviews.


Richard S. Brown, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Strategic Management at Penn State University-Harrisburg. He holds a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University, an M.B.A from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. from Temple University. He teaches courses such as Business Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Franchising, Leadership and Strategic Venture Planning. His primary research interests include corporate political activity and franchising. Dr. Brown has been published in 23 peer-reviewed journals including Business and Politics, Journal of Managerial Issues, Service Business, Journal of Public Affairs and the Journal of Management Policy and Practice.


Dr. Garey is a full professor at Lock Haven University where she teaches a multitude of accounting and other business courses. She is a CPA with experience in audit, tax and investment accounting. She is a published author on financial literacy, as well as a consultant to small businesses and the HR community. Her innovative, student-centered pedagogical approach to teaching is reflected in her incorporating new teaching strategies and numerous aspects of technology into her classes. Her scholarly work centers on the global set of accounting rules – International Financial Reporting Standards. In 2016 and 2017, she was an invited guest lecturer for an international business program at DHBW University in Heidenheim, Germany.