Richard M. Lopez, Managing Partner

Mr. Lopez is currently the Senior Partner of Lopez and Company, L.L.P. A professional in the field of auditing for over thirty years with more than thirteen years of transit and Federal compliance related experience, Mr. Lopez brings to the firm extensive expertise in providing professional services in the fields of audit, tax and business planning. Mr. Lopez has been continuously involved in the accounting profession since 1979, either as an owner or a member of senior management.  He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and has been a licensed certified public accountant in the State of California since 1981.

He began his career with the international public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand.  He supervised and managed financial audits of companies from $10 million to in excess of $3 billion.  These ventures led him into the fields of Accounting and Taxation, Financial Services, Management Consulting, Banking, Securities Manufacturing and Non-Profits.   He spent over eight years in the real estate industry during which he established an internal audit department assisted in the acquisition of a $500 million savings and loan and helped with the formation and public offering of several real estate investment trusts totalling in excess of $500 million. 

With the Firm’s Federal Practice, Mr. Lopez is considered an expert in the areas of Federal Acquisition Regulations, (FAR) and Federal contract and grant compliance. Mr. Lopez has directed financial and compliance audits, internal reviews, cost allocation reviews and management consulting services for Federal agencies such as Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Federal Transit Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration as well as various other private and governmental entities. Mr. Lopez served as Vice Chairman on the National Advisory Council for the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2002 to 2008. And, in addition to his many business interests and active involvement with various organizations, Mr. Lopez is or has been a member of the following organizations:

  • Arcadia Rotary Club
  • Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Board of Trustees
  • Department of Real Estate- Licensed in the State of California
  • Advisory Board to the Archdiocese Youth Employment Agency
  • Latin Business Association Institute, Board Member
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of the AICPA Tax Division
  • Member of California Society of Certified Public Accountants