Paula Hanson, CPA

Director of Tax Services
Director of Tax Services


Paula has over 35 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.

Paula has been with Dean Dorton since 1992. She worked for Gray Construction in 1989-1992, as well as Ernst & Young in 1980-1989 and 1992.

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, Council 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
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 Chair
Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award Award Winner, 2016
Commerce Lexington, Current Board Member, Past Board Chair
Sanders Brown Center on Aging, Board of Directors
Downtown Lexington Partnership, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
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