LBL named to the INSIDE Public Accounting 2014 Best of the Best Accounting Firms

LBL was recently named to INSIDE Public Accounting’s (IPA) Best of the Best Accounting Firms list for 2014.

This recognition honors 50 CPA firms across the country for their overall superior financial and operational performance on more than 70 IPA criteria. The right combination of planning, strategy, and execution distinguish Best of the Best firms from among more than 540 firms that participated in the 24th IPA Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms.

The IPA Best of the Best CPA firms demonstrate long-term consistency and exceptional performance. In any economy – up or down – clues for what to do, where to focus and how to practice can be found in the IPA Best of the Best.

LBL is named to another local “Best Places to Work” list

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal announced that LBL is one of the 2014 Best Places to Work. The firm was one of 53 companies chosen. The anonymous employee survey is based on topics such as work environment, people practices, and how things work day-to-day.

In its 16th year, this is the longest running evaluation of Minnesota’s top workplaces and LBL’s first time on the list. The notable honor celebrates organizations that are setting the standard for employee happiness and overall well-being which is something LBL has worked to increase over the past 5 years.

The Business Journal put together a unique video highlighting all 53 companies.

20 college students take a career test drive with LBL

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP held its inaugural Entrepreneurial Experience: Career, Clients & Community in June. The firm hosted 20 students from eight universities across the state of Minnesota.

The program was designed to enhance the students’ understanding of what it’s like to work for a CPA firm and to better understand the careers paths they can pursue with a degree in accounting.

Program modules included two job shadowing opportunities, panel discussions, working on and presenting client case studies to partners, volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, interviewing with the firm for internship and post-graduation positions, and exploring the Minneapolis riverfront on a Segway tour.

LBL ranks 26th on Vault Accounting 50 for 2015

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP debuted at No. 26 on the 2015 Vault Accounting 50 list in the firm’s first year of participation. This list shines a spotlight on the best accounting employers in North America.

“For the past three years we’ve been working to define our culture as a place where there’s a line out the door of talented people and new clients. We encourage our staff to offer ideas and input to help foster a firm they want to be part of long-term.” – Tammy Dehne, Director of Human Resources

This list is used by university placement groups and students for identifying firms they might be interested in.

LBLCO admits Dan Utz into partnership

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP (LBL), a leading Twin Cities accounting, tax and consulting firm, recently announced that Dan Utz, CPA, has been admitted as a partner.


After 12 years as an assurance and advisory senior manager with a Big 4 accounting firm, Utz came to LBL in December 2012. Previously, he managed audits of domestic companies and their foreign subsidiaries. His industry specialties include manufacturing, consumer services, distribution, transportation and hospitality, owned by private equity groups, venture capital firms, and families.

Utz graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.