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.
In August of 2021 Rowles merged with YHB. The merger will make the Baltimore office YHB’s ninth location. As a Regional Leader and Fastest Growing Firm in the United States, the YHB and Rowles merger helped strengthen both Firm's foothold as a multiregional accounting firm with offices spanning across Virginia and Baltimore.
The following are some key events in the firm's history:
The firm was founded by Leonard B. Rowles, Sr.
Leonard B. Rowles, Jr. became a partner with his father and Frederick Everhardt.
The firm merged with Main LaFrentz & Company, a national accounting firm.
The firm was reestablished and included J. Clarence Jameson and Charles J. Anderson as partners.
The firm name was changed from Leonard B. Rowles & Company to Rowles & Jameson.
The firm opened an office in Salisbury, Maryland.
Leonard B. Rowles, Sr. retired.
J. Clarence Jameson retired and the firm name was changed to Rowles & Company.
Edward C. Beyer and James A. Higbee were admitted as partners in the firm.
Leonard B. Rowles, Jr. retired as a partner.
The firm became a limited liability partnership and became Rowles & Company, LLP.
Steven D. Halpern was admitted as a partner in the firm.
Darlene D. Gerstmyer was admitted as a partner in the firm.
Ron Grodzinsky was named a principal of the firm.
Charles J. Anderson retired as a partner.
The firm moved its Baltimore office to Sandpiper Circle in Nottingham, Maryland.
The firm sold the Salisbury practice to Stanley Morris, and no longer maintained a Salisbury office.
Joseph A. Musumeci, Jr. was admitted as a partner in the firm.
Edward C. Beyer retired as a partner of the firm.
Steven D. Halpern was named managing partner of the firm.
James A. Higbee retired as a partner of the firm.
Darlene D. Gerstmyer retired as a partner of the firm.
Rowles merged with YHB.