Lara Stanton CPA

Assurance Director, BDO USA, LLP

Lara has more than 20 years of experience. She is responsible for helping to provide training, materials, technical support and updates to all BDO offices that perform audits of employee beneifit plans. In addition, Lara is a part of the National and Regional SOC practices at BDO performing SOC Report evaluations for engagement teams, developing templates and preparing SOC reports for a variety of clients as well as co-leading the Chicago office SOC practice.

Previously, Lara managed the BDO Atlanta and San Francisco offices’ employee benefit plan audit and Form 5500 preparation practices and was an original co-author of the BDO Seidman, LLP Employee Benefit Plan Audit Manual, which was published by Aspen Publishers as “The Miller Guide to Auditing Defined Contribution Plans” from 2003-2006.


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Speaker for the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Conference, 2001-2011, 2015, 2017-2018
  • AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Conferences, co-chair for the 2004-2006 AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Conferences
  • Illinois CPA Society, 2005, 2007-2008
  • Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, 2009-2011
  • North Carolina Institute of CPAs, 2011-2012

  • B.A., Accounting, Aurora University
  • B.A., Public Relations, University of Georgia

  • Appearances