David  Sems

David Sems

Sems & Associates

David E. Sems, CPA, CITP, CFF is the founder of Sems & Associates, a forensic consulting firm, and also serves as the Managing Director for the White Elm Group electronic discovery practice. He was with Ernst & Young for 11 years and lead the America’s Forensic Data Analysis team.



Mr. Sems possesses over 20 years of experience providing forensic technology services to clients in a wide variety of industries. He has extensive familiarity with international work stemming from providing services in 13 countries within Europe, Africa, and North America—including conducting several investigations in Europe.



His skills cover the full range of services from computer forensic analysis to transactional data analytics. He helps clients by finding the “needle in the haystack”. Using leading techniques including fuzzy string matching, link analysis, text mining, computer forensics and cluster analysis, he leads teams to help clients discover patterns, artifacts, and anomalies in huge sets of disparate data that can be used to identify high-risk, non-obvious, or suspicious activities.



Mr. Sems has provided services to several local law-enforcement agencies with forensic consulting and advisory services. He has assisted in helping investigate cases and provided valuable feedback via analytics to law enforcement.



He is a regular national speaker for various groups including, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the New York Computer Forensic Shows. He also is a guest lecture at various universities including, Notre Dame, Baldwin-Wallace, and Kennesaw State University.



Mr. Sems holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ohio Society of CPAs. He maintains the designation of Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) from the AICPA. David is also an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.