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Our History

November 1965:  While serving as Chief Accountant for Frederick County and preparing tax returns and financial statements part-time, Don Linton acquired Lloyd Fogle’s bookkeeping practice. Full time staff: Ron Shafer, Jenny Hedges, Kay Rice. Part-time staff: Don Linton, Jean Whipp, Pete Hedges.

January 1967 – Ron Shafer and Don Linton enter into a partnership and establish the CPA firm of Linton Shafer & Company.

January 1967:  Ron Shafer became partner and Linton, Shafer & Company is formed

1968: 6 West Second Street (Frederick) office building acquired

September 1974: J.Morris Hardy practice and Silver Spring office acquired. (The Linton, Shafer & Company name is still on the building on Connecticut Avenue.)

September 1980: Dunbar Ashbury practice acquired; Dunbar Ashbury joins the firm as a partner

September 1974 – LS Silver Spring office is acquired.

September 1974 – LS Silver Spring office is acquired.

June 1990: Hoye, Graves, Bailey & Associates firm is acquired. Bill Graves and Joe McCathran become partners.

June 1993: Doug Warfield and Ed Garrett leave a prominent Frederick CPA firm to start their own practice: Warfield Garrett & Associates

 

January 2005: Linton, Shafer & Company and Warfield Garrett & Associates merge to become Linton Shafer Warfield & Garrett (LSWG)

June 1990 – Linton, Shafer & Company merges with Hoye, Graves, Bailey & Associates. Left to right are: Joe McCathran, Bill Graves, Kathy Lindner, Joe Bell, Tad Olson, and Ron Shafer.

June 1990 – Linton, Shafer & Company merges with Hoye, Graves, Bailey & Associates. Left to right are: Joe McCathran, Bill Graves, Kathy Lindner, Joe Bell, Tad Olson, and Ron Shafer.

January 2005 – Linton, Shafer & Company and Warfield Garrett & Associates merge to become LSWG. Heading up the newly merged firm are principals Joe McCathran, Ron Shafer, Kevin Hessler, Doug Warfield, Ed Garrett, and Don Linton.

September 2005: LSWG relocates from two downtown offices (6 W. Second Street and 30 W. Patrick Street) to the newly renovated Thomas Johnson Drive Professional Building (201 Thomas Johnson Drive)

September 2010: The Gazette of Politics and Business names LSWG among “the 53 most exceptional businesses in the State of Maryland.”

August 2014: Kevin Hessler and Barbara Roman are named LSWG co-managing principals.

2015: LSWG Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

September 2015: Frederick News Post readers’ poll names LSWG the best accounting firm in Frederick County.

September 2016: Frederick News Post readers’ poll, again, names LSWG the best accounting firm in Frederick County.

TODAY: LSWG has two offices: The Frederick headquarters at 201 Thomas Johnson Drive, and the Rockville office at 932 Hungerford Drive; and is lead by seven principals.

January 2017 – LSWG’s principal group: Eva Webb, Brian Rippeon, Jon Holmes, Barbara Roman, Jennifer Clingan, Ted Gregory, and Kevin Hessler.