Derek Barto

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Derek Barto is a Principal in Armanino’s Law Firm Services Group where he spends 100% of his time consulting with law firms. He provides consulting services on critical issues that law firm managers encounter, including advising on partner compensation methodologies, merger and ac­quisition analysis, firm start-ups, restructuring, profitabili­ty improvement analysis, and analyzing and benchmarking data in comparison with industry statistics.

Derek’s clients range from start-up law firms with less than 10 attorneys to multi-office firms with over 100 attorneys operating in multiple states. He also manages tax return and financial statement engagements for his law firm cli­ents.

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Professional History


  • Bolar Hirsch & Jennings
  • Deloitte LLP


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Orange County Estate Planning Council
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management


  • Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Orange County
  • Member of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund of the Orange County United Way
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Derek's Thought Leadership
Blog articles
Most law firms are extremely dependent on receivables for working capital. Armanino has compiled best practices on how ...
Blog articles
Imagine this scenario: You're one of four partners in your 25-lawyer firm. One partner decides to retire.