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Partners

Meet Our Management Team

Our Team

Our most important product is personalized and prompt client service. This philosophy is reflected in the fact that every service we perform for each client has the direct, personal supervision of one of our partners. We take tremendous professional and personal pride in being responsive to our client's needs. We are available when our clients need us, and often before they realize a problem exists. Always feel free to contact our office and our trained staff will assist you in any way possible.

Directory


Phone (504) 838-9991
Fax (504) 838-9991


Craig M. Fabacher, CPA

Craig M. Fabacher, CPA

Craig started his accounting career in 1984. As a partner, Craig specializes in the taxation of individuals, partnerships, small corporations and trusts. He has extensive experience assisting clients with strategic tax planning and IRS controversy and audit assistance (he is a former IRS Agent). He is a guest lecturer and speaks professionally on topics related to taxation. He works with clients on estate, trust and gift tax planning. Craig provides tax services to clients in a number of industries with a practice concentration in healthcare, law firms, real estate, professional services, contractors and high net worth individuals

Douglas W. Finegan CPA, CVA

Douglas W. Finegan CPA, CVA

Doug started his accounting career in 1981. After several years with national firms, Doug joined Kushner LaGraize in 1988 and has been a partner since 1995. Doug serves clients in a variety of areas and has provided business solutions to clients by offering consulting, tax and business valuation services with special expertise in accounting and assurance related services. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst and has qualified as an accounting expert witness in Federal courts and provided expert testimony at trial.

Mary Anne Garcia, CPA

Mary Anne Garcia, CPA

Mary Anne started her career in public accounting in 1982. She joined the firm in 1989, and became partner in 1996. Mary Anne specializes in the taxation of individuals, partnerships, small corporations and trusts. She also provides tax services to clients in a number of industries with a practice concentration in healthcare, real estate, and high net worth individuals.

Ernie G. Gelpi, CPA, CGFM

Ernie G. Gelpi, CPA, CGFM

Ernie started his career in public accounting in 1980. Upon graduation, he accepted a position in public accounting with a national/international CPA firm. In 1986, he joined Kushner LaGraize. His extensive experience includes audits of closely-held businesses, non-profit organizations, retirement plans, and governmental units. He has served clients in numerous industries including government, non-profit, restaurant, wholesale, hospitality, construction and manufacturing. He also provides consultation in internal controls, recruiting and business planning.

William B. Hamilton, CPA

William B. Hamilton, CPA

Will began his career in public accounting starting with the firm in 1991. His background includes extensive experience with tax planning and compliance for individuals, corporations, partnerships and trusts involved in numerous industries. Many of Will’s clients are closely-held and/or family businesses and their owners. He also represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service as well as state and local tax authorities.

S. David Kushner, CPA, CR.FA

S. David Kushner, CPA, CRFAC

David started his accounting career in 1974. As one of the founding members of Kushner LaGraize, he has extensive experience in tax planning for corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates. His daily work includes tax planning for high income individuals and closely-held businesses, litigation support for criminal, civil and marital dispute cases as well as consulting on valuations of closely-held businesses. He has also qualified as an expert witness in both Federal and Louisiana courts and has provided testimony at trial. David has been a frequent lecturer at various organizations including Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Organization, Louisiana Restaurant Association and J.P. Morgan/ Chase.

Wilson A. LaGraize, Jr., CPA/CFF

Wilson A. LaGraize, Jr., CPA/CFF, Certified Forensic Accountant

Wilson started his career in public accounting in 1972. As one of the founding members of Kushner LaGraize, Wilson has over 46 years of experience in public accounting and auditing. He has extensive experience in Litigation support services for civil and marital dispute cases, business liquidation and business valuations. He is a certified forensic accountant and has experience in audits of closely-held businesses. He is also qualified as a court appointed accounting expert in federal and state courts. He is a consultant in tax planning for corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates. He is qualified as an expert witness in both Federal and Louisiana courts and has provided testimony at numerous trials. He has served in the capacity of a court appointed liquidator and receiver several times in several state courts. Wilson has been a frequent lecturer in the areas of damages and forensic accounting at LSU’s EJ Ourso School of Business and various other organizations.

Katharine M. Lassiter, CPA

Katharine M. Lassiter, CPA

Katharine started her career in public accounting in 1988. Katharine has extensive experience advising and assisting clients with accounting and tax matters. As a tax partner, Katharine specializes in the taxation of individuals, trusts, partnerships and closely held corporations. In addition to tax compliance, she frequently assists clients with tax planning and resolving complicated tax issues

Richard J. Rumney, CPA

Richard J. Rumney, CPA

Ricky began his career in public accounting starting with the firm in 1997. Ricky has extensive experience assisting clients with business planning, tax compliance and opportunities with various federal and state incentive programs. Ricky provides tax services to clients in a number of industries with a practice concentration in healthcare, professional service firms, real estate, manufacturing, and the hospitality industry. He has spoken professionally on various tax topics and incentive programs to professional organizations, CPAmerica conferences and has taught professional education courses to the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants and LAMMICO.