The Claro Group Adds Senior Forensics Professionals in Chicago & Washington D.C.

The Claro Group has added three senior professionals, Rocco deGrasse, Pamela Parizek, and Peter Osmanski, to the firm’s Disputes, Claims and Investigations (DCI) consulting practice in its Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. Combined, the trio brings over 80 years of investigations and regulatory compliance experience to the firm. deGrasse and Parizek will co-lead the firm’s Investigations service offering.

Rocco deGrasse, a managing director in the firm’s Chicago office, previously served as a lead Big 4 accounting firm partner for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) services in the Americas. Earlier he was a partner at two international law firms and a federal prosecutor for 10 years focusing on organized crime, labor union corruption, money laundering and Colombian drug trafficking cases in Raleigh and Chicago. deGrasse has appeared before the U.S. Senate to discuss terrorist financing, presented on FCPA issues to the annual DOJ/SEC “boot camp” and appeared with counsel before the DOJ/SEC on multiple occasions. He also advises audit committees and senior management on various financial fraud and compliance issues.

Pamela Parizek, a managing director in the firm’s Washington D.C. office, previously led the D.C. forensic practice of a Big 4 accounting firm. Earlier she served in the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She has led numerous forensic accounting investigations and has conducted anti-bribery and corruption training programs, risk assessments, compliance audits, due diligence procedures and remediation plans for clients in the U.S., Europe, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Her findings have been presented to the DOJ, SEC and other U.S. and foreign regulatory authorities. Ms. Parizek is a JD/CPA, and is certified in financial forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Peter Osmanski, a director in the firm’s Chicago office, was previously a director in a Big 4 accounting firm’s forensic practice specializing in fraud and misconduct investigations, litigation support and fraud risk management services. Earlier he held corporate accounting positions at two Chicago-based companies. Osmanski has managed investigations related to anti-bribery and corruption issues, corporate and financial reporting fraud, asset misappropriation, and employee / third-party fraud.

“Adding Rocco, Pamela and Peter to our 90+ person Disputes, Claims and Investigations practice brings an extra measure of experience, toughness and intellectual depth to our industry-leading dispute and litigation consulting capabilities,” said George Hansen, Managing Director of The Claro Group’s DCI Practice.

Claro’s DCI consulting practice assists client law firms, businesses and organizations across diverse industries in preparing for and/or resolving complex financial disputes, claims and litigation issues, including internal investigations. The firm’s expertise includes economic and financial analysis, expert testimony, forensic accounting, insurance claims, fraud and other investigations, corporate recovery services, government contracts consulting, and data analytics/technology support services.