Leigh McKee, CPA

Director of Tax Services
Director of Tax Services


Leigh has worked with Dean Dorton since January 1996, providing a variety of tax services to clients. She works with clients in a wide variety of industries, including nonprofits, colleges and universities, healthcare, natural resources, and equine. She also covers the estate/gift and succession planning, fiduciary income tax planning, and international planning areas.

Speaking Engagements

Leigh is a frequent speaker on nonprofit and estate planning topics, including charitable giving, tax exempt issues, governance matters, entity structuring/restructuring, and business venture planning. Her recent speaking engagements include:

  • Intersecting Major & Planned Giving, Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Central Kentucky Planned Giving Council Annual Conference – Feb 2017
  • Dean Dorton Higher Education Training Day: Current Issues and Trends – February 2016
  • Substituting Low Basis Assets for High Basis Assets in Grantor Trusts – Various lunch and learn presentations, Fall and Winter 2015-2016
  • Panel Presentation on Planned Giving – Association of Financial Planners’ Bluegrass Chapter’s Annual Conference, September 2015
  • Panel Presentation on Planned Giving – Bluegrass Community Foundation’s Professional Advisor’s Seminar, September 2015
  • Dean Dorton Annual Audit & Ethics Update – Tax Exempt Update, November 2012-2017
  • Central Kentucky Planned Giving Council – Surprising Results from the New Tax Law – Implications for Charitable Giving, Summer 2013
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 13th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute – Representing Charitable Organizations, February 2011
  • Kentucky Public University Business Officers – Various Tax Issues for Exempt Organizations, February 2011
  • UK Nonprofit Leadership Initiative Annual Tax Update, April 2005, February 2006-2012

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
Bluegrass Estate Planning Council, Past President and Current Member
Central Kentucky Planned Giving Council, Board of Directors

Bluegrass Community Foundation, Finance Committee

  • Post-Baccalaureate Work in Accounting, 1995, School of Accountancy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Master of Arts in International Commerce, 1990, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Bachelor of Science in Foreign Services, 1987, Georgetown University, Washington, DC