Elizabeth Woodward, CPA, CFF, CFE

Director of Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support
Director of Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support


Elizabeth obtained her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Kentucky in 1994. She worked in the audit group of KPMG for six years, and joined Dean Dorton in 2000. She has 25 years of experience in public accounting.

Industry Expertise

Elizabeth leads the firm’s forensic group, specializing in bankruptcy accounting matters, litigation support, and forensic accounting services. In addition to her Certification in Financial Forensics (CFF), Elizabeth is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She has served in several fiduciary roles, including Chief Restructuring Officer, Receiver, and Fee Examiner. She has acted as a Compliance Ethics Monitor/Independent Monitor of a rural electric cooperative, reporting to two branches of the Federal government. Elizabeth has testified in state and federal courts.

Speaking Engagements

Elizabeth teaches professional ethics frequently, for our firm and for the Kentucky Society of CPAs. She also speaks on fraud prevention and detection, and on forensic accounting.

Kentucky Society of CPAs, Board of Directors, President
AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services, 2019 Volunteer of the Year
AICPA Forensic and Litigation Services Committee 2016-2017
AICPA Forensic and Valuations Services, Fraud Task Force Committee Chair, 2016-present
AICPA Governing Council
AICPA CFF Champion of the Year 2014
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Member
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member

Lexington Blue Grass Airport Board of Directors, Chair
Lexington and Fayette County Parking Authority, Former Commissioner
North Lexington Family YMCA, Past Chairman
Eastern Little League, Past Board Member and Treasurer
Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2014
Leadership Bluegrass, Class of 1998

Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting, 1994, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, 1989, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky