Our Story

Coulter & Justus operated as the Knoxville, Tennessee office of the international accounting firm Ernst & Young until 1993 when Ernst & Young partners, Sam Coulter and Ron Justus, acquired the Knoxville practice. Almost thirty years later we have grown to be one of the largest CPA firms in East Tennessee serving clients throughout the United States and Canada.

For 30 years, we’ve served a highly diverse group of clients.

Today, this tradition continues as both our services and clients continue to grow. While we remain a Knoxville-based firm, our services now extend well beyond East Tennessee.

We are proud of our exceptional foundation built on values and experience. That heritage is summarized in the guiding philosophy, The Better Way, which means our clients receive a higher level of expertise and attention from experienced professionals. It is an important part of our belief that there is a better way of doing business through a productive partnership with our clients.

We’re also proud to have been honored as some of the best in business. Our company-wide dedication to growth, profitability, and stability led us to be presented with a Pinnacle Business Excellence Award by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. We have been recognized both locally and nationally as a Top Workplace, Best Accounting Firm to Work For, and Best Accounting Firm for Women.

“More than 90% of our staff have reached senior level or have at least three years of experience. With a firm average of over 14 years of experience, this expertise plays a large role in how we serve our clients and the growth they see in return.”

– Mike Parton, Principal

Our clients & people are our future.

As a member of international alliances with independent accounting and consulting firms like CPAmerica, we’re constantly evolving to meet our clients’ highest expectations. By encouraging our people to actively participate in these organizations, we’ve enhanced our service capabilities and continue to support the exchange of ideas, resources, and solutions throughout the world.

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