Widely – regarded for his creativity in solving technical problems and for sophisticated tax planning and compliance work, Randy Lawrence brought 40+ years of noteworthy experience to clients in corporate, partnership, and individual taxation. One of his outstanding traits was his keen ability to distill complex tax issues into clear, concise communications, which was a valuable asset to clients of all sizes and industries.
Throughout his career, Randy successfully handled over 1,500 tax audits, directed tax compliance and monitoring associated with over 250 partnerships, and managed the professional development and counseling of over 60 professionals.
Randy was also active in his industry in many professional capacities, serving on the planning committee and as co-chairperson for California’s Annual Tax Accounting Conference. He was a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California and Golden Gate College in Master of Business Taxation courses; and a discussion leader, panel member, and frequent lecturer at various Los Angeles and California CPA Society conferences and seminars.
Randy earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles and his MBA from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on finance and taxation. After graduating from college, he served as CFO for a small marketing firm in Southern California before entering the world of public accounting.
Randy’s accounting career began in 1973 with a “Big Eight” firm where he focused on international taxation, real estate, and corporate reorganizations. He left that firm for a Beverly Hills accounting firm where, for fifteen years, he was the partner in charge of taxation.
In 1995, Randy joined the Century City office of Altschuler, Melvoin and Glasser LLP (AM&G) where he served as the lead tax partner. At that time, AM&G was the 15th largest CPA firm in the country. After AM&G was acquired by American Express Tax & Business Services in 1999, Randy served as the managing director of tax for the Los Angeles office and the California region for American Express Tax & Business Services.
Randy was with the firm Kallman and Associates, LLP for four years up until August 2009 when he co-founded Lawrence & Lewis, LLP with partner Patrick Lewis. Randy passed away in November 2014, leaving behind a legacy of leadership, expertise in his industry, and an unequivocal example of a life well-lived.