Evanston accounting firm in merger


The Evanston-based accounting firm of Brown, Kaplan + Liss is now part of Porte Brown LLC, due to a merger that took effect this week.

Porte Browne, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, is a 65-year-old full service accounting and consulting firm.

Brown, Kaplan + Liss dates back to 1962 and has been providing accounting, assurance, attest, tax, planning, and consulting services for businesses, business owners, trusts, estates, and individuals from its Evanston base.

Its staff will continue to service clients in their downtown Evanston location at 500 Davis St. under the Porte Brown name.

"We are very excited about the new opportunities to work together with the talented team of Brown, Kaplan + Liss," said Bruce Jones, Managing Partner of Porte Brown. 

"We have known BKL for years and just recently started to discuss a merger,” he said. “Once we started to share our philosophies of client service, investing in top talent and the importance of supporting local businesses and communities, we knew it was a perfect fit."

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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