Jim Lanzarotta
National Practice Leader, Government


Jim has practiced public accounting since 1984 and specializes in providing audit, accounting, and consulting services to governmental entities, including state agencies, counties, cities, universities and their foundations, port and transportation authorities, and water, sewer, and other special districts.

Jim just completed six years of services as an appointed member of the Financial Accounting Foundation’s Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, a group of leaders responsible for advising GASB on issues related to the financial accounting and reporting by state and local governments.

Previously, Jim served for three years on GASB's Comprehensive Implementation Guide Advisory Committee and for six years on the AICPA's State and Local Government Expert Panel, serving as its chair for a three-year term that ended in 2012. Jim is also a nationally recognized and sought-after speaker for organizations such as the AICPA, the Government Finance Officers Association, and the National Association of College and University Business Officers, as well as state CPA societies.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Actuarial Valuations
    (AICPA National Governmental and Not-for Profit Conference, October 2015)
  • Getting to the Finish Line – Implementing the New Pension Standards for Employers
    (National Association of College and University Business Officers, July 2015)
  • GASB 68 – Implementation for Employers
    (OSCPA Governmental Conference, May 2015)
  • GASB 68/71 Audit Requirements
    (Oregon Society of CPAs, January 2015)
  • Audits of State and Local Governments/Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards
    (Oregon Society of CPAs, June 2014 and September 2015)
  • Be Prepared for 2014 Government Audits
    (Oregon Society of CPAs Winter Governmental Conference, January 2014)
  • SLG Audit Guide Overview / Avoiding Deficiencies in Applying GASB Pronouncements
    (AICPA National Governmental and Not-for Profit Conference, October 2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate Member, Government Finance Officers Association
  • Associate Member, Oregon Government Finance Officers Association
  • CPE Committee Member, Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Financial Accounting Foundation's Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council
  • Past Chair, Governmental CPE Committee, Oregon Board of Accountancy


  • BBA, accounting, University of Oregon