Firm History

Rowles & Company, LLP was established in 1928 by Leonard B. Rowles, Sr., CPA.  Mr. Rowles was not only a practicing attorney-at-law, but also spent several years with the Maryland State Bank Commissioner as Senior Bank Examiner.  His experience, coupled with his skills as an instructor of accounting at The Johns Hopkins University, provided the foundation for the development of his accounting practice.

In its early years, Rowles & Company, LLP primarily offered auditing, accounting, and tax services to commercial banks.  However, over time the practice became more diversified and today Rowles & Company, LLP offers a variety of auditing, accounting, consulting, and tax services to financial institutions, engineering and architecture firms, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, estates, and trusts.

The following are some key events in the firm's history:

1928

The firm was founded by Leonard B. Rowles, Sr.

1953

Leonard B. Rowles, Jr. became a partner with his father and Frederick Everhardt.

1956

The firm merged with Main LaFrentz & Company, a national accounting firm.

1970

The firm was reestablished and included J. Clarence Jameson and Charles J. Anderson as partners.

1973

The firm name was changed from Leonard B. Rowles & Company to Rowles & Jameson.

1973

The firm opened an office in Salisbury, Maryland.

1975

Leonard B. Rowles, Sr. retired.

1983

J. Clarence Jameson retired and the firm name was changed to Rowles & Company.

1986

Edward C. Beyer and James A. Higbee were admitted as partners in the firm.

1991

Leonard B. Rowles, Jr. retired as a partner.

1996

The firm became a limited liability partnership and became Rowles & Company, LLP.

2001

Steven D. Halpern was admitted as a partner in the firm.

2005

Darlene D. Gerstmyer was admitted as a partner in the firm.

2006

Ron Grodzinsky was named a principal of the firm.

2007

Charles J. Anderson retired as a partner.

2013

The firm moved its Baltimore office to Sandpiper Circle in Nottingham, Maryland.

2014

The firm sold the Salisbury practice to Stanley Morris, and no longer maintained a Salisbury office.

2015

Joseph A. Musumeci, Jr. was admitted as a partner in the firm.

2015

Edward C. Beyer retired as a partner of the firm.

2015

Steven D. Halpern was named managing partner of the firm.

Rowles & Company, LLP is a member of the AICPA Center for Audit Quality and subject to triennial peer review.  View our most recent peer review report here.