Lillian McDonell

Seattle-based Watson & McDonell, PLLC team members joined CLA on February 1, 2019.

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Seattle CPA Firm Watson McDonell Joins CLA

  • 2/1/2019

Seattle-based Watson & McDonell, PLLC team members joined professional services firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), effective February 1, 2019.

“Building solid relationships is foundational to how we work,” says Lillian McDonell, managing partner, Watson McDonell. “Opportunities grow from the commitment we make to know our clients in order to help them get where they want to go. Joining CLA enables us to expand the ways we can help our clients now and into the future.”

For more than 30 years, Watson McDonell has served the Seattle area, providing audit and tax services to a broad array of small and medium-sized businesses, individuals, with a focus on nonprofit organizations and affordable housing.

“We exist to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities,” says Paul Bailey, managing principal of CLA Seattle. “Welcoming Lillian and the experienced Watson McDonell team enables us to deepen that promise. In particular, it expands our nonprofit and low income housing industries — two key industries that we have been focused on and looking to expand throughout Puget Sound. This truly is an incredible opportunity for everyone.”

As one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, named to Accounting Today’s top eight firms, CLA has retained the agility to serve clients of all sizes and in all locations, while at the same time bringing an unparalleled depth of capabilities, all in one place.

The 15 former Watson McDonell team members will continue to serve clients locally and nationally from Seattle, expanding CLA’s Washington team to more than 340 professionals.


About CLA

CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. With more than 6,100 people, 120 U.S. locations and a global affiliation, we promise to know you and help you. Investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.