About Us

Dean Dorton is one of the largest CPA firms based in Kentucky, providing audit, accounting, taxhealthcare consulting, litigation support, business valuationtechnology consulting services and many others to clients throughout the region. As a leading Kentucky-based regional accounting firm, Dean Dorton perfectly blends innovative business thinking, attentive personal service and an unyielding commitment to accuracy, quality and timeliness.

When it comes to accounting, technology and consulting, Dean Dorton is the kind of CPA firm to have on your team. Our innovative business advisors and problem solvers bring a fresh perspective to your organization. We help leaders create, grow and protect value. We provide access to the resources, experience, and professional knowledge base of a national organization while still providing the level of service and attention that only a locally owned, independent accounting firm can offer. Dean Dorton’s firm growth, staffing stability, and more than team members (including more than 130 CPAs) across our Lexington and Louisville offices, allow us to build long-term relationships with our clients.

Our presence and expertise spans far beyond the borders of Kentucky. The expertise of our team members is nationally recognized. Team members are often invited to speak at national conferences, been asked to write for national publications including Healthcare Financial Management, and have been quoted in national publications including The Wall Street Journal and works sighted in Becker’s Hospital Review. Our team members have also served on American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA) committees and boards. We even have a team member, Elizabeth Woodward, who was named 2014 Certified in Forensics Champion of the Year by the AICPA.

We listen to our clients, assess their needs, and play an integral role in providing business advisory expertise that will help them succeed now and well into the future. It’s a process better experienced than described. Talk with any of our Directors to see for yourself.


Dean Dorton has roots dating back to 1921. Dean Dorton was created in 2011 by the combination of two of Kentucky’s premier accounting firms – Dean Dorton Ford (1979) and Cotton+Allen (1921). Barr, Anderson, & Roberts, PSC joined Dean Dorton on January 1, 2016 in order to expand their services and expertise offered to their clients. Our legacy firms provided us with a positive, strong culture that continues today at Dean Dorton.


At Dean Dorton, we pride ourselves on being large enough to provide expert services while still maintaining our core values which include personal and timely delivery of services. Further, we strive to do so in a setting that is professionally and personally satisfying for our team members through our core values:

  • We are knowledgeable and innovative.

  • We are effective communicators.

  • We maintain exceptionally high standards.

  • We are one team.

  • We manage the firm as a business.

Dean Dorton Foundation


  • Individuals
  • Public companies
  • Privately held businesses
  • Family offices
  • Start-ups/Entrepreneurs
  • Tax-exempt and governmental entities

Geographic Reach

(pictured to the left are all the states where our clients are located):

  • Kentucky and North Carolina
  • Southeast region
  • Throughout the United States
  • Internationally including Japan, Brazil, Canada, China, throughout Europe, and Australia

CEO: David Bundy, CPA