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Elizabeth Woodward

Elizabeth Woodward, CPA, CFF, CFE

Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support Director, Lexington Market Leader

  • Role

    Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support Director, Lexington Market Leader

  • Service

    Forensic Accounting, Bankruptcy, Litigation Support


  • Lexington, KY

  • Direct Line: 859.425.7677

Professional Experience

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 over 25 years of experience in public accounting.

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, and currently serves as a Subchapter V Bankruptcy Trustee.

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.

Professional Activities

  • Kentucky Society of CPAs, President – Board of Directors (2019 – 2020)
  • AICPA Forensic and Litigation Services Committee 2016-present – (Chair)
  • AICPA Forensic and Valuations Services, Fraud Task Force Committee Chair, 2016-2020
  • AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Section, 2019 Volunteer of the Year
  • AICPA Governing Council (2018 – 2019)
  • AICPA CFF Champion of the Year 2014
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Member
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member

Community Involvement

  • Lexington Bluegrass 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

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