Paula Hanson, CPA

Director of Tax Services
Director of Tax Services


Paula has over 30 years of tax planning and compliance experience working in various industries including manufacturing, construction, law firms, and nonprofit organizations. She also spends much of her time focusing on providing estate planning and financial and tax planning services for individuals and their businesses. Additionally, Paula works with many financial institutions providing fiduciary tax compliance and consulting services.

Employment History

Ernst & Young 1980-1989, 1992
Gray Construction 1989-1992
Dean Dorton 1992-present

Industry Expertise

Paula is a member of the firm’s construction, manufacturing, nonprofit, and college and university industry teams.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member and Past Board of Directors
Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, Member, Past President and Board of Directors
Lexington Estate Planning Council, Past President
Construction Financial Management Association
Federal Reserve Bank, Cincinnati Branch, Advisory Board

University of Kentucky Athletics Committee, Member
University of Kentucky School of Accountancy Advisory Council
American Heart Association, Board of Directors
Leadership Kentucky, Board of Directors
Women Leading Kentucky, Advisory Board Member
Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award Winner, 2016
The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, Board of Directors
Commerce Lexington, Past Chairman of the Board, Current Board Member
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Past Treasurer of Board of Directors
United Way, Past Chairman
Junior Achievement, Past President
Lexington Forum, Past President
YMCA Metro Board, Past Treasurer
Governor’s Scholars Program, Past Treasurer
Leadership Kentucky, Class of 1995

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1980, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky