If someone were to deliver a State of the Union address on the accounting profession, it undoubtedly would fo- cus on — forgive the redundancy
— the state of unions.
throughout 10 geographic areas. This
year we received responses from rough-ly 200 firms, which only serves to underscore the magnitude and popularity of
this annual undertaking.
To say that one of the most oft-heard acronyms reverberating throughout the profession over the last year was
M&A would not be mere hyperbole, but
rather reflective of the mind-numbing
volume of firm marriages and combinations in 2011. And
to achieve that scope of
activity despite a still-uncertain economy and
from firms above and
below is perhaps all the
As always, a quick tutorial on our
Revenue, unless it’s otherwise
noted, is net revenue.
Also, unless noted, firm revenues
are for the U.S. only.
Top 100 Overview 4
Top 100 Databank 5
The Total Employees category is comprised of partners, professionals and other personnel.
Firms to Watch 6
Firm Strategies 8
among this year’s Top 100
Firms — such as those
between Clifton Gunderson and LarsonAllen, or
Top Tax Firms 10
Niche Services 12
In a case where
two firms report equal
revenue, the firm with the
higher percentage of revenue increase will receive
the higher ranking.
Client Categories 13
Top 100 Rankings 15
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Dixon Hughes and Goodman — not only added to
the length of our traditional footnotes column,
but promise to play havoc with the T100 rankings ladder, as the
synergy of many of the 2011 unions will
vault the combined entities upward and
onward toward the top.
Regional Overview 20
Regional Leaders 21
Firm Highlights 27
This project, like any
other we publish, was the
result of a well-synchro-nized team, led by our
own in-house Eli Manning — managing editor Dan Hood. Big thank
So with that as an entrée, welcome
to our 2012 Top 100 Firms report, the
Silver Anniversary of this study (which
some long-time Accounting Today
read-ers will know began as a Top 60), and
the third year we have augmented this
popular annual feature with a listing
of the nation’s top Regional Leaders
you’s also go to our senior editors Roger
Russell and Danielle Lee, technology
editor Seth Fineberg, and Mike Cohn,
editor of our Web portal, Accounting-Today.com.
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With that, it’s our pleasure to present the 2012 class of the Top 100 Tax and
Accounting Firms and Regional Leaders, an order that will surely change in
the years to come. Enjoy!
— Bill Carlino