Elliott Davis, LLC Company Profile


Accounting down South

The Greenville, S.C.-based Elliott Davis is one of the largest accounting, tax, and consulting firms in the Southeast U.S. It is led by Richard E. "Rick" Davis, who took over as managing shareholder in 2008. Before taking the firm's top spot, Davis, a graduate of Clemson University, had served as one of two regional managing shareholders, after beginning his career at the firm back in 1984. The firm's roots go back much further. In 1925, Merrill Patten brought the Boston-based accounting firm Elliott, Davis & Company to South Carolina, opening a small branch office in Greenville. For many years, Patten was Elliott Davis' lone representative in the region, but he singlehandedly kept the business running through the Great Depression. Later, Patten passed the company on to four of his employees when he retired after World War II.

These days, Elliott Davis is firmly established in the Southeast, with offices across the state of South Carolina (and additional locations in North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia). It's no longer present in New England, but Merrill Patten's efforts to build client relationships among Southern manufacturers, financial institutions, and textile companies remain at the heart of the firm. The firm's assurance and audit team works across industry lines, providing audit, assurance, annual reporting, IPO services, internal audits, international services, and more. Advisory services include business advisory, valuations, transaction services, risk management, litigation support, cost segregation, IT auditing, fraud investigation, as well as grant and economic incentive services. Meanwhile, the firm's tax division provides state and local tax services, estate and succession planning, international tax services, and not-for-profit reporting. Industry-wise, Elliott Davis works primarily with financial institutions, construction companies, manufacturers and distributors, governments and nonprofits, closely held businesses, and real estate companies. In 2013, it ranked as the 50th-largest accounting firm in the U.S. by revenue, according to Accounting Today. Elliott Davis booked approximately $61 million in revenues during its latest fiscal year.

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Elliott Davis, LLC

200 E. Broad Street
P.O. Box 6286
Greenville, SC 29606
Phone: (864) 242-3370
Fax: (864) 232-7161


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Richard Davis
  • 2013 Employees: 400

Major Office Locations

  • Greenville, SC

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