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There’s an old military boast hat goes something like this: “The difficult we can do now. The impossible will take a lit-
With the past two years as evi-
dence, the nation’s Top 100 Accounting
Firms are all too familiar with accom-
plishing the difficult.
Staring down the often lethal com-
bination of a rough economy and
Despite that omi-
nous lead-in, I want to
welcome you to the 2011
edition of the Accounting
Today Top 100 Firms, the 24th year our
publication has brought readers this ex-
This will also mark the second year
we have augmented our traditional Top
100 rankings with a comprehensive look
at leading firms throughout 10 major
The somewhat brighter news on
the revenue side is that more than half
of those regions reported (admittedly
slight) year-over-year gains.
As we annually note, no Top 100
study would be complete without a brief
tutorial on the guidelines used in assembling the project:
; Revenue, unless it’s otherwise
noted, is net revenue.
; Also, unless noted, firm revenues are for the U.S. only.
; The “total employees” category
is comprised of partners, professionals
and other personnel.
; In a case where
two firms report equal
revenue, the firm with the
higher percentage of revenue increase will receive
the higher ranking.
Of course, no project
of this magnitude could
be completed without a
total team effort in ushering it to publication. This
year, as always, the project was quarterbacked by
managing editor Dan
So, with that, we present the 2011
class of the Top 100 Tax and Accounting
Firms, accompanied by the rankings of
Regional Leaders, who somehow find a
way to get it done.
No matter how difficult it gets.
— Bill Carlino
Top 100 Overview 4
Top 100 Databank 5
Firms to Watch 6
Top Tax Firms 8
Firm Strategies 10
Firm Technology 11
Niche Services 12
Client Categories 13
Top 100 Rankings 15
Regional Overview 19
Regional Leaders 21
Firm Highlights 27