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Melissa Hicks, CPA

Tax Director

  • Role

    Tax Director

  • Service


  • Industry



  • Louisville, KY

  • Direct Line: 502.566.1093

Professional Experience

Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Morehead State University in 2002. Since that time, she has been practicing public accounting at Dean Dorton. The majority of her career has been spent providing tax planning, compliance and accounting services for privately-held businesses and individuals.

Melissa has over 17 years of public accounting experience—all at Dean Dorton. During her tenure at Dean Dorton, she has become a go-to technical advisor, specifically specializing in partnership taxation. She is the leader of Dean Dorton’s tax training team and spear-headed the internal training of Dean Dorton’s tax team on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Additionally, Melissa has worked with a broad range of clients across a variety of industries including automobile dealerships, professional services firms, and specialty trade contractors. She is actively involved in the equine industry, serves as an executive member of the firm’s equine industry team, and works with many Thoroughbred operations in central Kentucky and across the United States.

Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants

Community Involvement

  • Commerce Lexington, Leadership Lexington Class of 2011
  • Equine Financial Group, Member
  • Lexington Humane Society, Board Member and Treasurer


Bachelor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting, summa cum laude, 2002, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky

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