Top Ranked

Best Accounting Firms in Each Practice Area

Accountants across the nation rate the top firms in their practice areas.

  • Survey Methodology

    Vault asked accountants to rate on a scale of 1 to 10 the top accounting firms in terms of how strong they were in three practice areas: Audit & Assurance, Tax Accounting, and Forensic Accounting. Respondents were not allowed to rate their own firm and were asked to rate only those firms with which they were familiar. Vault averaged the scores for each firm and ranked them in order.

  • Ranking History

2016 Best Accounting Firms for Forensic Accounting

1
SCORE
8.298

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP

American representative  New York-headquartered professional services firm PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP is the U.S. member firm...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
1
2
SCORE
7.805

Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

The name changer  Ernst & Young LLP is a member firm of Big 4 accounting legend EY, a global organization of member firms formally known...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
2
3
SCORE
7.746

Deloitte LLP

Known throughout the world Deloitte's U.S. operations have more than 60,000 professionals in 90 cities and works in four key business areas: audit...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.091

KPMG LLP

The Big Four's four-lettered firm  With approximately 27,000 employees in more than 100 offices across the U.S., KPMG LLP has rightfully earned...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.097

Grant Thornton LLP

Based in Chicago with an international reach  Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd. Grant Thornton's...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
5
6
SCORE
5.751

RSM US LLP

Midwestern giant  McGladrey LLP is one of the largest U.S. providers of assurance, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market. The...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
6
7
SCORE
5.586

BDO USA LLP

The U.S. outpost  BDO USA, LLP (formerly known as BDO Seidman, LLP) is the U.S. member firm of BDO International Ltd., one of the world's...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
7
8
SCORE
4.700

Crowe Horwath LLP

New era  With a history that dates back to 1942, Crowe Horwath began as a certified public accounting firm with only two full-time...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
8
9
SCORE
4.681

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

On the rise Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (commonly known as Baker Tilly) has 31 offices and nearly 2,500 staff members. In October 2014, it merged...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
15
10
SCORE
4.670

EisnerAmper LLP

Big Apple firm New York City-based EisnerAmper LLP has 1,200 employees who work out of offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
10
11
SCORE
4.606

Moss Adams LLP

Western United States Accounting  Seattle-based Moss Adams is the nation's 15th largest accounting firm by revenue, according to Accounting...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
9
12
SCORE
4.564

CohnReznick LLP

One of America's largest firms  New York-headquartered CohnReznick is one of the largest accounting firms in the country. The firm is the result...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
18
13
SCORE
4.514

Plante Moran

Celebrating more than 90 years of excellence  Now in its 91st year of operation, Michigan-based Plante Moran is one of the largest accounting...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
11
14
SCORE
4.473

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

In the top 10 The 10th-largest CPA and consulting firm in the country according to Accounting Today's 2015 Top 100 rankings, CliftonLarsonAllen...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
12
15
SCORE
4.236

BKD, LLP

Small town values   Based in Missouri, the nearly 90-year old BKD brings old-fashioned Midwestern values to the world of big time accounting....

TRENDING

2015 Rank
13
16
SCORE
4.228

CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.

Joined at the hip CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) are independent businesses, associated through an alternative practice structure; this...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
14
17
SCORE
4.120

Wipfli LLP

Decades of service  Wipfli LLP began in 1930 when Wisconsin native Clarence Wipfli opened an accounting practice in Wausau, Wis., where the...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
NR
18
SCORE
4.102

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Getting bigger down South  Dixon Hughes Goodman is the largest accounting firm headquartered in the South and the 16th-largest in the nation...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
19
19
SCORE
4.063

Marcum LLP

Up, up and away Marcum LLP is a New York-based accounting firm with U.S. offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey,...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
13
20
SCORE
4.000

WeiserMazars

1920s firm rises to No. 20   Formerly known as MR Weiser, New York-based Weiser LLP was founded in 1921. Today, the firm has four offices...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
25
21
SCORE
3.989

Eide Bailly LLP

Up in Fargo One of the 25 largest U.S. accounting firms, Eide Bailly has roots that can be traced to 1917 when John A. "Jack" Cull opened...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
20
22
SCORE
3.824

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Southern accountants Cherry Bekaert is the 28th-largest CPA firm in the country, according to Accounting Today's 2012 Top 100 Firms list, a...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
23
23
SCORE
3.782

Friedman LLP

Shorter and stronger  For most of its life, Friedman LLP operated under a much longer moniker: Friedman Alpren & Green LLP. The firm was...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
24
24
SCORE
3.761

Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP

The young entrepreneurs Joel Cooperman and Niles Citrin were still in their 20s when they founded their eponymous firm in 1979.  The pair...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
22
24
SCORE
3.761

Marks Paneth LLP

On the rise in NYC Marks Paneth is headquartered in New York City, and has additional offices in Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; Long Island...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
3.700

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP

Max, Max & David Anchin, Block & Anchin is named for its three founders-Max Anchin, Max Block and David Anchin-who formed the firm in...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
NR