Author Bio

headshotScott Hilsen is a lawyer and a Certified Fraud Examiner in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is a Managing Director in Investigations at KPMG Forensic and handles internal and government investigations, bribery and corruption, compliance, and e-discovery.  Mr. Hilsen is the past President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and is on the ACFE’s National Advisory Council.  He is the former chair of the Forensic Accounting Advisory Board at Georgia Southern University.  He is the co-chair of the E-Discovery Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and was the co-chair of the Securities and Corporate Litigation Subsection of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Mr. Hilsen has been chosen repeatedly by Law and Politics as a Georgia Super Lawyer. He received his J.D., cum laude, in 1993 from Georgia State University, where he was the Managing Editor of the Georgia State University Law Review.  He received an M.B.A. in 1993 from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Criminology and Law in 1989 from the University of Florida.

Recent Presentations

  • “Cultivating Corporate Culture,” Atlanta Compliance & Ethics Roundtable, Annual Work Shop, May 2017
  • “Laugh and Learn: Creative Compliance Training,” Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute, Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, September 2016.
  • “Inspect What You Expect: Monitoring Third Parties,” Ethics & Compliance Institute, July 2016.
  • “Creating a Compliance Playbook: How to Evidence Compliance,” 14th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute, Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, October 2015.
  • “How to Tell if Someone is Lying to You,” LCPA Forensic and Litigation Services Workshop, October 2015.
  • “Evidencing Compliance,” Governance, Risk, & Compliance Forum, Thomson-Reuters, November 2014.
  • Guest on “Fraud Talk” radio show, VoiceAmerica, October 2014
  • “How to tell if someone is lying to you,” LSU Fraud Conference, July 2014.
  • “The Anatomy of a Bribe,” ACFE Global Fraud Conference, June 2014.
  • “Anti-Bribery & Corruption Enforcement and Compliance”; Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, May 2013
  • “Anti-Bribery and Corruption:  Where Are You on the Compliance Curve?”  KPMG Perspective Conference, November 2012
  • “Managing Reputational Risk,” Women Corporate Directors, November 2012
  • “Anti-Bribery & Corruption Compliance and Enforcement, Institute of Internal Auditors, November 2012
  •  “The New Business Integrity Challenge,” Audit Committee Institute, October 2012
  • “Investigations in a Digital World,” Georgia State Investigators, October 2012
  • “Assessing Third-Party Intermediaries for Anti-Bribery and Corruption Risks,” KPMG’s High Growth Markets Webcast, September 2012
  • “The Perception of Detection,” KPMG Perspectives Conference, June 2012
  • “Minefields in Investigations,” Sixth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference, May 2012.
  • “To Catch a Thief: The Psychology of Fraud,” White Collar Crime Conference, Salt Lake City Chapter of ACFE, October 2011.
  • “Fraudulent Intention$,” Georgia Society of CPAs (keynote address), October 2011.
  • “Legal Issues in Fraud Investigations,” Fifth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference, June 2011.
  • “Theories in Fraud Response,” KPMG Perspectives Conference, November 2010.


  • “Together in Arms: Lawyers & Forensic Accountants Fight Bribery & Corruption,” KPMG Forensic Focus, November 2014.
  • “Cross-Border Investigations: Are You Prepared For The Challenge?” Compliance Week eBook, January 2014.
  • “What Lawyers Need To Know About Data Breach,” Attorney at Law Magazine, October 2013.
  • The  Anatomy of a Bribe,” KPMG Forensic Focus, April 2013
  • “Internal Controls Can Thwart Fraud,” Atlanta  Business Chronicle, Jan. 2013.
  • “Managing TPI’s and Global Corruption Risk,” Metropolitan Corporate Council, Oct. 2012
  • “Legal Privileges in Fraud Examinations,” The Journal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 2009.
  • “The Facts of Fraud,” ABA Business Torts Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1, Fall 2008.
  • “Preventing Corporate Fraud: The Perception of Detection,” Alston & Bird Trends in Litigation, Spring 2008.
  • “Protecting Privileges in Fraud Litigation,” Fraud Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 5, Sept./Oct. 2007.
  • “Corporate Fraud Demands a Proactive Approach,” Corporate Officers & Directors Liability, April 16, 2007.


  • Distinguished Practitioner Paper Award, Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Male of the Year, Atlanta Women’s Magazine