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Joel A. Cooperman, CPA

Chief Executive Officer

Joel A. Cooperman is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Citrin Cooperman. Joel has guided the firm since its inception in 1979, helping to position Citrin Cooperman among the nation’s top 25 CPA and advisory firms.
In addition to leading the firm, Joel is one of the industry’s foremost experts in business consulting, working closely with clients in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, expansion, profitability enhancement, strategic planning, and financing. With extensive expertise in steering companies through all stages of growth, Joel’s clients have come to rely on him for his candor and his help in overcoming operational and financial challenges.
Joel brings this same leadership to Citrin Cooperman. During his tenure, he has overseen the firm’s significant growth including doing deals to bring in professionals from over 40 CPA and consulting firms, hiring many talented lateral partners and helping the firm achieve organic growth each and every year of their existence. Today, the firm employs over 900 people in 10 locations throughout the Northeast. The firm also maintains affiliates in the Cayman Islands and India. Citrin Cooperman is consistently ranked as one of the top firms in the United States and has achieved numerous awards and recognitions as one of the industry’s best places to work.
Joel is a frequent media resource and is often quoted in numerous industry publications such as Accounting Today, Public Accounting Report and Crain’s NY Business. He is also a regularly engaged speaker for industry forums, focusing many of his presentations on profitable growth, firm culture, and mergers and acquisitions.
Joel earned his B.S. degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA). He has also served on the board of The Sylvia Center, which supports healthy eating habits for children.

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Feb 23, 2017

International Women's Day 2017 Executive Statement more

Jul 20, 2016

Citrin Cooperman Appoints New International Tax Practice Leader more

Nov 03, 2015

Westfair Communications covers the expansion of Citrin Cooperman with the joining of Joel Popkin & Company more

Oct 29, 2015

Accounting Today covers the expansion of Citrin Cooperman with the joining of Joel Popkin & Company more

Sep 02, 2015

Inside Public Accounting covers our expansion to the Washington D.C. region more

Jul 27, 2015

Accounting Technology covers the launch of Citrin Cooperman Technology Consulting more

Jul 22, 2015

Accounting Today covers our new tagline “Focus on What Counts” and video on their Debits & Credits blog. more

Jul 14, 2015

Citrin Cooperman Announces 2015 Partner, Principal, and Director Promotions more

Jun 29, 2015

Citrin Cooperman named CPA Firm of the Year by ACG New York more

Jun 04, 2015

Westfair Online: ‘Citrin Cooperman Acquires Tech Consulting Firm RCS’ more

Nov 10, 2014

Citrin Cooperman Continues Expansion With Addition of RSSM Talent more

Oct 28, 2014

Accounting Today publishes an article about our new New York City co-managing partnership announceme more

Oct 28, 2014

Accounting Today publishes an article about our new New York City co-managing partnership announcement. more

Oct 28, 2014

Citrin Cooperman Names Co-Managing Partners of New York City Office more

Sep 30, 2014

Crain’s New York Business has named Citrin Cooperman the 10th largest accounting firm in New York, by personnel. more

Jul 15, 2014

Managing Partner Joel Cooperman discusses the firm’s Long Island expansion in Long Island Business News. more

Mar 21, 2014

Citrin Cooperman Ranked 25th Largest Firm in U.S. For Second Consecutive Year more

May 08, 2012

Citrin Cooperman Managing Partner Joel Cooperman Serves Breakfast to Employees more

Dec 14, 2010

Crain's New York Business, Accounting Today in Agreement: Citrin Cooperman Among Best Places to Work more

Aug 18, 2010

Citrin Cooperman Ranked No. 31 in Inside Public Accounting Annual Top 100 Report more

Jul 19, 2010

Citrin Cooperman Awards Two New Jersey Students with Business/Accounting Scholarships more

Jun 30, 2010

Citrin Cooperman Joins Moore Stephens North America, Leading Accounting Firm Association more