Debora May, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Executive Vice President at CBM, was recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as a 2018 Top Financial Advisor. This award, whose winners are selected by peers throughout the Washington metropolitan region and compiled by the magazine, is the seventh such recognition for Ms. May who has been listed by the Washingtonian for financial advisory expertise multiple times in the past.
Ms. May has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting with significant experience in tax, financial planning for individuals and closely held businesses, collaborative divorce, divorce litigation support and negotiation for financial settlements in divorce. She leads the firm’s quality review for the firm’s divorce and financial planning engagements.
Throughout her career, Ms. May has also provided expert testimony for attorneys in divorce and real estate matters, and participated in mediations for divorce. She has served as a financial neutral in more than 250 collaborative divorce cases. In addition, she is actively involved with individual tax work and has also represented clients in IRS and state audit matters.
Ms. May is a past president of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals of Maryland, and a member of the Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable and other collaborative divorce groups.
“Debbie’s recent arrival at CBM has brought nothing but compliments from both clients and colleagues. Her strategic thinking is already paying dividends for all of us at CBM,” said Peter B. Reilly, CPA, CVA, CBM’s president and managing partner. “Her work for divorce clients seeking financial planning expertise or as a financial neutral in such cases, in particular, has made her one of the most trusted and well-known professionals in her field. Congratulations to Debbie. CBM is proud to be able to offer this expertise through her ongoing record of accomplishments.”
Ms. May also co-founded (with Jeff May and Judy Barnhard) and currently serves as chief investment officer of May Barnhard Investments, an investment advisory firm whose service philosophy is based on taking a holistic approach of each client’s situation. In 1989, she was a founding partner (with May and, in 1990, Barnhard) of May & Barnhard, P.C., a Bethesda, Maryland-based tax and financial consulting firm that merged into CBM in November 2017.