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Law firms, regardless of their size and areas of specialization, often face complex issues that demand technical knowledge, expert advice, experience and insight. Armanino is uniquely positioned to satisfy those needs and deliver results-oriented solutions to help your firm.


Our exposure to firms of all sizes and specialties enables us to quickly recognize issues that may impact your firm, develop effective solutions, and ensure these solutions are properly and effectively implemented. For over 25 years, hundreds of law firms have turned to Armanino to guide them through the complex issues facing this mature industry. Now more than ever before, in this time of disruptive transformation, law firms need guidance from experts who understand their unique needs.

Armanino is the only firm in the Western U.S. with a combined consulting and accounting practice that is exclusively dedicated to serving the business needs of law firms. From “bet the firm” strategic guidance, to tax compliance services that understand the specialized tax rules that apply only to law firms, Armanino’s Law Firm Services team provides best-in-class service from the boardroom to the back office. Our approach is customized for each client; nothing is off the shelf. Whether your firm is transitioning from one generation to the next, or evaluating a software platform, Armanino has the team, the experience, and the solutions to help.

Armanino’s experienced team provides a full spectrum of advisory services including:

Performance and Operations

  • Profitability Analysis & Benchmarking
  • Operating Process Improvement
  • Temporary CFO/Controllership
  • Cybersecurity
  • Law Firm Performance Management with Adaptive Insights

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Due Diligence Analysis
  • Post-Merger Integration Support

Health Check

In today’s ever more competitive legal market, many law firms face challenges in day-to-day operations that prevent them from growing or having a strategic focus on the future. These challenges are multifaceted and may include: general counsel pricing pressures, industry consolidation, commoditization of certain practice areas, retirement of rainmaking partners, cybersecurity threats, generational culture differences and partner compensation issues.

Armanino’s analytical approach offers an informed perspective to help you overcome these hurdles. We perform leadership interviews, profitability analysis and external market analysis with information gleaned from your peer firms via our law firm benchmarking survey. We examine the various aspects of your firm, including interviewing your partners, to gain a true understanding of your culture, operations and strategy.

Our specialists use this information to perform a fact-based diagnostic assessment of your unique situation. We then produce an evaluation with quantitative benchmarks for compensation, technology, rates and demographics. Our recommendations will help your firm build an improved framework to implement growth-oriented change.

Outsourced Finance and Accounting

From fractional C-level guidance to accounts payable transactional assistance, our team of CPAs and former COOs and CFOs can handle all or part of your firm’s finance, accounting and billing functions. Armanino’s experts bring 20+ years of specialized experience to assist in handling financial statements, billing, payroll, taxes, accounts receivable, reconciliation and navigating evolving regulations, allowing you to focus on what you do best – practicing law.

Our specialists have worked with hundreds of law firms of varying sizes and needs. They provide not only an accurate report of your monthly transactions, but also analysis and keen insights to help drive further growth and profitability for your firm. And we design your solution to best meet your needs.

Our full outsourcing solution includes: subledger transaction entry, journal entries, general ledger processing, billing and e-billing, work-in-progress and accounts receivable management, financial statements, bank reconciliations, tax reporting, and fractional controller and CFO services Or, if you prefer to keep some functions in-house, you can take advantage of our limited outsourcing solution and select from a subset of these services.

Tax and Assurance

As one of the top 25 largest independent accounting and business consulting firms in the United States, we also provide world-class corporate, partnership and individual tax accounting services and assurance services tailored to your needs. We understand that law firms are different from most businesses, from the proper treatment of client advances to the specialized rules of trust accounting.  We can handle any tax or accounting issue you or your firm faces.

Law Firm Tax Services

  • Tax Planning and Preparation
  • Multi-State and International Taxes

Assurance Services

  • Financial Statement Reviews & Compilations
  • Internal Control / Operations Reviews
  • Back Office Assistance
  • Temporary CFO

Data and Analytics

Armanino Analytics for Law Firms

Our team of experts, which includes former managing partners, business intelligence professionals and technical specialists, developed Armanino Analytics for Law Firms to harness your firm’s accounting and practice management systems to provide you with more accurate, customized metrics. This monthly subscription-based service is accessible 24/7 and comes at a fraction of the cost and time needed to train or add staff to perform the same analysis in-house.

We offer multiple levels of support, providing you with the financial reporting, attorney utilization, inventory review and profitability analysis that will give you a new way to visualize and analyze your firm’s data.

Benchmarking for Law Firms

Download The Law Firm Sample Survey

View a sample of our Armanino Law Firm Compensation, Billing Rate & Benefits Survey.

The Armanino Law Firm Services team produces the Law Firm Compensation, Billing Rate & Benefits Survey, an annual comprehensive survey of law firms in major metropolitan regions across the Western United States. The survey includes detailed compensation and operational benchmark data by size of firm, location and practice area on over 100 different positions within law firms. The survey also includes data on billing rates, billable hours, employee benefits, leverage, costs per lawyer, net income per partner and more.

This report is the preeminent resource for benchmarking information for Western U.S. law firms.

For more information about participating in the survey process or purchasing a copy of the Armanino Law Firm Compensation, Billing Rate & Benefits Survey, [email protected]

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