Lewis Stark CPA, CFE

Partner | New York City

Professional Experience

Lewis Stark is a Partner in the Royalty Audit & Contract Compliance Department of Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, and a member of Prager Metis International Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting industry.

Mr. Stark specializes in conducting royalty, distribution, and profit participation audits; contract compliance investigations and financial due diligence reviews. Mr. Stark’s practice focuses on uncovering amounts due his clients and protecting intellectual properties including copyrights, trademarks, patents and brands. His experience also includes conducting forensic audits, landlord and tenant lease examinations, vendor and chargeback examinations. He also provides litigation consulting and expert witness testimony.

Mr. Stark enjoys consulting with clients to help them improve contractual language, identify untapped opportunities and enhance relationships. He represents media and entertainment companies, sports leagues, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, technology licensors, universities, trademark and brand licensors, fashion designers, game and toy developers, investors, inventors, business managers and agents, producers, profit participants, athletes, entertainers, record companies and music publishers, authors, artists and more.

His licensing clients and the licensees he as audited operate in a variety of industries including entertainment, sports, print and broadcast media, electronics, life sciences, technology, electronic commerce, fashion, apparel and accessories, footwear, toys, games and video games, food and beverage, music and real estate. In addition to obtaining monetary recoveries, Mr. Stark provides essential business intelligence regarding the activities of his clients’ licensees and partners.

Mr. Stark is a noted industry expert and has been a prolific speaker and author on royalty-related issues. He has moderated panels and presented at licensing and entertainment industry conferences and has published articles in professional trade journals and newspapers.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association
  • Licensing Executive Society
  • International Trademark Association
  • The Copyright Society of the USA
  • Association of Independent Music Publishers
  • Association of University Technology Managers

Education

  • BA, Economics, University of California – Santa Barbara

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