DALLAS, Texas, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ryan, a leading global tax services firm with the largest indirect tax practice in North America, today announced that David Cook has joined the leadership team as Director to support the continued growth in the Firm's Fraud and Forensic Recovery practice. Mr. Cook will be based in the San Francisco, California office. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110726/DA41187LOGO) Prior to joining Ryan, Mr. Cook was a Director in the Forensic and Dispute Services practice of a major financial advisory services firm. He has more than 23 years of experience specializing in fraud and theft of trade secrets investigations, litigation support, and internal investigations. Mr. Cook is an industry-recognized expert and a frequent speaker on various fraud and forensic investigation topics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Willamette University and a Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. "Our clients on the west coast and across the country will benefit tremendously from David's proven fraud and forensics expertise," said Peter McLaughlin, Fraud and Forensic Recovery Practice Leader, and Principal of Ryan. "His innovative approach and deep technical knowledge in the detection of fraud, waste, abuse, and recovery of assets will deliver superior client value and results." About RyanRyan is an award-winning global tax services firm, with the largest indirect tax practice in North America and the seventh largest corporate tax practice in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides a comprehensive range of state, local, federal, and international tax advisory and consulting services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including audit defense, tax recovery, credits and incentives, tax process improvement and automation, tax appeals, tax compliance, and strategic planning. Ryan is a two-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan's multi-disciplinary team of more than 975 professionals and associates serves over 6,500 clients in 40 countries, including many of the world's most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at www.ryan.com.