Lexington, KY -  Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC (Dean Dorton), a leading regional accounting, tax and advisory services firm, is proud to announce the addition of Erica L. Horn, CPA, J.D. Erica joins Dean Dorton as an Associate Director of Tax Services, based out of the Lexington office, significantly growing the firm’s local presence as well as its overall state and local tax expertise.


Formerly counsel to the firm at Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC and a member of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Erica has more than 27 years of experience in Kentucky as an attorney and licensed CPA. She has represented clients regarding nearly all of Kentucky’s taxes and fees including income, sales and use, property, and severance taxes. Erica has successfully appealed assessments issued by taxing authorities and pursued refund claims for her clients, saving them millions of dollars in Kentucky taxes. Erica is a

frequent speaker and prolific author on state and local tax topics.


Erica has served on the Tax Committee of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants since 2006. In her role as a committee member, she has worked with the Department of Revenue and legislators on challenges confronted by companies doing business in Kentucky and to strengthen Kentucky’s tax code.


Erica was appointed to serve on the boards of directors of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation, and Kentucky Affordable Prepaid Tuition. She served as Chairperson of the boards and chair of those agencies’ Finance and Audit Committees. Also, she is co-founder of GleanKY, a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation that gathers and redistributes excess fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish Kentucky’s hungry.


“With Erica joining Dean Dorton we are significantly strengthening our capability to serve the fast-growing corporate and private-equity sectors,” said David Bundy, President and CEO of Dean Dorton. “As state and local taxes continue to change in Kentucky and throughout the country, Erica’s vast knowledge and experience will help us deliver comprehensive expertise that enables clients to make smarter strategic decisions.”


Erica earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, from Transylvania University. She is a member of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, and the Institute of Professionals in Taxation.


“I look forward to working with Dean Dorton leadership to expand our state and local tax services,” said Erica. “The firm has tremendous vision and continues to expand its depth and breadth of expertise, important for our clients and the region.”


About Dean Dorton

Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC is one of the region’s largest full-service accounting and consulting firms providing comprehensive accounting, tax, and consulting services including: tax preparation, tax planning, merger and acquisition strategy development, external and internal auditing,  business valuation, healthcare consulting, accounting and financial outsourcing, estate and financial planning , litigation support and forensic accounting and technology consulting to clients of all sizes in a variety of industries throughout Kentucky, as well as nationally and internationally. Dean Dorton has been awarded Best Places to Work in Kentucky for 13 consecutive years and was an inaugural Best Place to Work Louisville honoree. For more information visit www.deandorton.com<http://www.deandorton.com/>.



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