Joe Heffernan

Retired Partner CPA Southfield
Specializes In: Audit Government

When my boys were younger, they took a liking to karate. I took the lessons with them as a way to bond, and ended up with a black belt in Ishinryu karate (and I have the bruises to prove it).
Joe Heffernan
Retired Partner, CPA


I consult with clients on governmental accounting and auditing issues. Most of my clients are municipal entities, such as cities, townships, counties, and authorities.

Because governmental entities have complex issues but don't always have the expertise in-house to deal with them, I get to bring a lot of value to my clients’ engagements. They appreciate my more than 35 years of experience and my deep knowledge of their industry.

I’m often asked to speak at industry conferences, such as the AICPA's Governmental and Nonprofit Conference, or to the MGFOA, MML, MICPA, or MTA about new accounting pronouncements impacting the industry, such as pension, OPEB, or tax abatements. I belong to the AICPA (where I’ve been an invited member of their State & Local Government Expert Panel and also sat on the Government Audit Quality Center Executive Committee and the Governmental Technical Subcommittee), the MICPA, and the MGFOA (where I’ve been the chair of the Accounting Standards Committee since 1991).

I’ve received the MGFOA’s Lifetime Membership Award and the MICPA’s Outstanding Task Force Member Award. I received my B.B.A. from the University of Michigan (high distinction).

I love to spend time with my wife and play golf. In the summer, I try to get out golfing with friends, family, and neighbors. With my "senior" friends, we spend time playing Pickleball, which is a fast-paced game but much less strenuous than tennis.