Story of the Barson Group

The Barson Group was founded in January, 2002 by Kal and Janet Barson. Prior to that, Kal was a partner at another local accounting firm, and for the several years before leaving, was managing partner. During Kal’s tenure with that firm, with considerable contribution from him, it grew from about 10 people to in excess of 55 personnel. During those years, Kal developed an expertise (nationally recognized) in investigative accounting and business valuation. Janet was an administrative assistant at the same firm.

In January, 2002, Kal and Janet decided it was time to open their own accounting firm, one having a focus on litigation support, financial investigations and business valuations. While The Barson Group handles a substantial number of traditional accounting and tax clients, its major focus is working with clients, their attorneys, and of course the judicial system – on numerous forms of financial based litigation.

Kal Barson has been involved in and responsible for in excess of one thousand financial litigation matters, covering a wide gamut of types of litigation, financial investigations and business valuations. Kal has also testified numerous times in court and in depositions and has been accepted as a financial expert in most counties in New Jersey, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania. Kal regularly assists attorneys and their clients in all phases of litigation – including the investigation of finances and businesses, strategizing, financial planning/consulting, assisting in the negotiation process and helping to structure the best deal possible.


Kalman A. Barson, CPA/ABV, CFE, CFF

Kal Barson

Founder & Shareholder of The Barson Group PA
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brooklyn College;
Certified Public Accountant – New Jersey and New York;
Accredited in Business Valuation, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics

Member of the Board of Directors and Past President (for 8 years) of CPA-USA Network (formerly the National Associated CPA Firms); Member of the New Jersey Collaborative Law Group; Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Matrimonial Services Committee (of the NJSCPA’s); Former Chairman of the Judicial Liaison sub-committee (of the NJSCPA’s); Former Chairman of the Matrimonial Services and Litigation Services Committees (of the NJSCPA’s); Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Besides the CPA credential (which we expect is understood by the majority of the general public) Kal Barson currently has three other designations/credentials – and they are referenced above. A brief explanation for them is as follows:

  • ABV – Accredited in Business Valuation. This is a designation supported by the American Institute of CPAs (headquartered in North Carolina), and is a reflection of having expertise in business valuations;
  • CFE – Certified Fraud Examiner. This is a designation maintained by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (headquartered in Austin, Texas), and is an indication of having expertise in financial investigations;
  • CFF – Certified in Financial Forensics. This is a fairly new credential, established by the American Institute of CPAs and, similar to the CFE, is an indication of expertise in the area of financial investigations.