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Liliana Hickman-Riggs

Liliana Hickman-Riggs



Liliana is a Forensic accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. She leads the Forensic practice at the company. 

She consults on internal controls and financial accounting compliance with GAAP. She can provide a review of your controls and records to prevent potential problems from entering your system and can help correct and eliminate those already present before the auditor is involved.  She is available to advises clients on audit issues even though our firm does not offer full audit services.

Professional Highlights:

Enthusiastic instructor, SMU, Becker CPA, UTD, Richland College, who brings high standards and pragmatic insights to the classroom as well as broad, in-depth experience to scholars of Principles, Intermediate, Advanced, Cost, Managerial, Governmental Accounting, as well as Individual and, Corporate Taxes, Auditing. 

National Review Director for Intensive Review Products Responsible for developing and writing review material and overseeing operations nationally. In the capacity of Regional Manager Becker CPA Professional Review (Dallas, TX), responsible for managing 16 classrooms in Texas, staffs, teaching faculty, schedules, and budgets.  Efficiency and effectiveness were the operation’s foundation; the focus was on profitability and the quality of the instruction and product provided was second to none.  

LHR CPA Review, Director and Owner Purchased the Lambers CPA Review Course and continued the successful preparatory course in the Dallas Metro area as LHR. It was sold and merged with Becker in 1999.

Lambers CPA Review, Director, Responsible for overseeing all instructors, scheduling, and lesson plans for a CPA review course in the Dallas area.

Texas Society CPA Approved and Certified Ethic Instructor.  

Hickman-Riggs & Riggs CPAs, partner, specialized in small to medium size businesses. Client growth was a major focus, including start-up and Not for Profit services.

Hickman, Yowell & Co. Accountant Performed IT audits, financial and operational audits, as well as evaluation of the system of internal control for small banks, savings & loans, and governmental entities.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Texas Society of CPAs and The Dallas Chapter of TSCPA

Institute of Certified Management Accountant, The Institute of Internal Auditors

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, American College of Forensic Examiners, Forensic CPA Society


Hickman-Riggs, Liliana & Riggs, William “Accounting for the Euro.” Management Accounting Quarterly, Spring 2001,

Hickman-Riggs, Liliana and Riggs, William A. “The Euro So Far.” Today’s CPA, September/October 2000, 32-38.

Hickman-Riggs, Liliana, contributing ed. Audit& Attestation, Business Environment Concepts, Financial Accounting


Developed and conducted seminars and workshops on topics such as financial accounting, segmental profit, taxes and CPE Ethics. Among the clients:  The Associates, AT&T, Central and Southwest Corporation, EDS, Tandy, PWC, J.C. Penney, Travis Wolff, Lane Gorman Trubitt, PriceKubecka, Weaver, Padget and Strattmann, others.

Academic Accolades and Awards

Southern Methodist University Nominated -The HOPE AWARD Honoring Professors of Excellence by The Residence Life and Student Housing –

Southern Methodist University Received -The Distinguished Professor Award from Beta Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi –

Richland College Received twice the Excellence in Teaching Award – Outstanding Instructor of the Year

Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Received Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ 2004 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

University of Texas at Dallas Received twice Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award,

Becker Professional Education Rated the # 1 Instructor Award in the country

AICPA Nominated --AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award 2005

Community Involvement Volunteer TSCPA, Dallas Chapter CPA, “PIE” (Partner in Education) program whose goal is to promote accounting to students in middle and high school.


Married to husband William, two children, and four little dogs. Listens to Mozart, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash. Collects art books, and paintings.  Grow orchids, especially Phalaenopsis and Oncidium.

Uncommon factoid

Successfully taught my three small dogs - long coat Chihuahua – very basic accounting and journal entries: one bark "woof" for debit, two barks "woof, woof" for credit. Project in progress: the three sections of Statement of Cash Flows!

Teaching Philosophy

I realize I cannot force the student to pledge time, talents, and skills to the cause of learning – just as I cannot force a horse to drink after it has been led to water. However, I strive to make the horse thirsty with tempting pictures of clear, cool, refreshing water, and I relentlessly splash those students who choose not to commit.

Personal Belief

I work very hard at becoming better each day than I was the prior day. I work as if I don’t need the money, and I dance as if no one is watching. My motivation comes from within; my inspiration comes from my 7 admired Masters:

  1. “Each day is the scholar of yesterday."-- Publilius Syrus,
  2. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”.-- Vince Lombardi
  3. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” --Bruce Lee
  4. "We acquire the strength we have overcome." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -- Aristotle
  6. “No legacy is so rich as honesty."-- William Shakespeare
  7. “We will either find a way or make one”. Hannibal leading the Carthaginian army

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