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I was a ballerina for 14 years. In the spring of 2001, I performed at a studio in New York City with my cousin who was practicing there professionally.

Laura LaPorte
Partner, CPA


While I primarily assist clients in the manufacturing and distribution and service industries with tax compliance, I also work with assurance, national, international, state, local, and other specialty teams to fully assist my clients with their federal, state, or local tax needs. My clients are mostly private and public companies with revenues ranging from $12 to $800 million.

I was attracted to a career in public accounting because of the variety and challenges of the work, as well as advancement opportunities and flexibility. With 15 years of experience, my clients appreciate that I’m proactive, responsive, and provide valuable tax advice with their best interests in mind. Around the office, I’m known for being passionate about teaching and contributing to the development of my colleagues.

Prior to joining Plante Moran, I was acknowledged for my participation as part of my prior firm’s National Innovation Team, where I worked closely with the other team members to develop and implement a firmwide billing and standardized business tax return process and workpaper. I also managed the expansion teams for prior firm’s acquisitions. This included working with local office management team members for newly acquired offices to help acclimate them into the firm by assisting with trainings needs, leading training sessions, and helping with various software and process conversions.

I’m a member of the Michigan Women’s Tax Association, the Northwood Network Accounting Alumni Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. I’ve also presented at several internal sessions on tax technical and nontechnical topics.

I received my B.B.A. in accounting from Northwood University. When I’m not helping clients, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Nathan, daughter, Grace, and dog, Fred. My hobbies include yoga, cooking, boating, and other water sports.