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Christopher McCauley, CPA, Esq. 

220 Second Avenue South, Suite 212​

Seattle, WA 98104

D: 206.452.5049

F: 844.364.2683

E: chris@joinmccauley.com

Overview

 

Ever since his football playing days at LSU ended, Chris has been advising small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and athletes on managing business operations, protecting assets and, in general, identifying and mitigating a variety of business risks.

 

Over the past decade, Chris has served as a (i) financial manager for a nonprofit, managing a budget in excess of $1.2 million; (ii) financial services auditor at a Big 4 CPA firm, (iii) senior SEC reporting analyst at a Fortune 500 global manufacturing firm, (iv) bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, borrower's counsel and bank counsel at a regional law firm based in the Southeast, (v) founder of an online SaaS platform designed for supporting creative entrepreneurs, (vi) technical accounting and financial reporting consultant for a regional power and gas company and (vii) technical accounting manager for a Fortune 500 coffee company. 

 

From his roles, Chris has been involved in:

  • researching, analyzing and advising private investors on risk related to private investment opportunities, 

  • preparing and filing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reports for both publicly-traded and private companies,

  • measuring the fair value of assets and liabilities and accounting for them,

  • drafting disclosure documents for the issuance of municipal bonds, membership interests and other securities,

  • ensuring U.S. GAAP accounting compliance and appropriate disclosures,

  • researching various tax requirements for businesses and governmental agencies,

  • drafting documents for mergers and acquisitions,

  • ensuring, and testing for, SOX controls compliance,

  • auditing financial records and

  • performing other general business transactional work. 

 

Today, Chris uses his expansive background in a variety of industries to provide a unique blend of experience and knowledge for his clients. 

Background

Growing up, Chris's family didn't have access to, or the funds to hire, attorneys, CPAs or other business professionals to help with his business ideas. It was this accessibility and barrier issue that inspired him to become an attorney and CPA. Today, Chris works hard to eliminate barriers between great ideas created by aspiring entrepreneurs and high quality, honest business professionals that can help bring those ideas to life and keep them alive.

Education:
  • J.D., Law and Business Certificate, Vanderbilt University Law School

  • B.S. in Finance, LSU

  • M.S. in Accounting, LSU

Certifications:
  • Alabama Bar (#ASB-7915-R38M)

  • Washington Bar (#50135)

  • NC CPA (#32894)

  • WA CPA (#35060)

Affiliations:
  • American Bar Association

  • Alabama State Bar

  • Washington State Bar

  • National Eagle Scout Association

Football Career:
  • LSU 2001 - 2004

  • 2003 National Champions

  • 2003 SEC Champions

Speaking & Presentations

  • Creating, Managing, and Analyzing a Nonprofit Budget, Wayfind (2017)

  • Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofits, Wayfind (2017)

  • Legal Essentials for Starting a Business, Black Dot (2017)

  • New Revenue Recognition Rule and Its Impact, PSE (2015)

  • The Basics of Starting a Business, TechShop SF (2014) 

Related Employment

 

Louisiana Resource Center for Educators

  • Baton Rouge, LA, 2004 - 2005

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

  • Charlotte, NC, 2005 - 2007

SPX Corporation (now SPX Flow and SPX Corporation)

  • Charlotte, NC, 2007 - 2008

Presley Burton & Collier LLC, (now Balch & Bingham LLP),

  • Birmingham, AL, 2011 - 2013

Whizkins Corporation,

  • Santa Clara, CA, 2013 - 2014

Puget Sound Energy

  • Bellevue, WA, 2014 - 2016

Starbucks Corporation

  • Seattle, WA, 2016

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