Bethany has more than 30 years of experience providing professional services including assurance, tax, business valuation, litigation support, and transaction services. She has specialized in business valuations and litigation support for the last 23 years and currently leads CLA's Valuation, Forensics, Litigation, and Investions (VFLI). She performs business valuations for companies for succession planning, transactions, gift and estate tax planning and filings, shareholder agreements and disputes, divorce, and other litigation purposes. Bethany has testified for Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Washington, and Wisconsin litigation matters.
Bethany is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), and holds a Certification in Financial Forensics (CFF).
Bachelor of science in accounting, Northern Illinois University
In the community
AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Executive Committee, chair
AICPA ABV Credential Committee, past chair
AICPA ABV Exam Task Force, past chair
AICPA ABV CSO Task Force, past chair
AICPA Business Valuation Volunteer of the Year 2018
Resources and events
Webinar 4/13/2023Navigating Risk: Strategies for Successful Risk Management
Media coverage 3/27/2023CLA’s Hearn Discusses Women in Valuation Industry on AICPA’s FVS Podcast
Media coverage 9/22/2020Closing the Gap: Diversity and Inclusion in Forensic and Valuation Services.
Article 5/15/2020Estate Planning Options During COVID-19
Media coverage 11/8/2018Hearn Named Valuation Volunteer of the Year
Media coverage 5/30/2018CLA’s Hearn Comments on Value of Credentials for Professional Advancement