Who We Are at Griffin & Furman, LLC

Stephen Griffin and Robert Furman began their careers in public accounting in 1992 and 1991 respectively. In their early years they came to work together at a CPA firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. In September of 2000, after his son was diagnosed as severely autistic, Mr. Griffin started his own practice. Not long after, he and a contract employee discovered fraud at a Credit Union in New Orleans. The Board of Directors at the Credit Union was forced to fire the Credit Union’s entire accounting department and asked Mr. Griffin to staff it for them. Thus began the firm of Griffin & Company, LLC.

Mr. Furman joined the firm as a partner in 2001, and the firm evolved into Griffin & Furman, LLC. The firm offers attest, accounting and tax services to Credit Unions, For-Profit Businesses, Not-For-Profit Entities, Government Entities and Individuals.

No more evident was the firm’s dedication to their clients than during the time following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Days after the hurricane struck New Orleans, the Board President of that same Credit Union in New Orleans called Mr. Griffin and Mr. Furman and asked them to return to the city and obtain a backup tape from the Credit Union. Management had evacuated with the wrong backup tape. And so they did. Mr. Griffin and Mr. Furman entered New Orleans via boat with an armed escort to reach the Credit Union.

That same dedication to their clients remains today and is demonstrated by the partners and staff of the firm. Please allow us the opportunity to exceed your expectations.

Meet The Team

Stephen M. Griffin

Stephen M. Griffin

Stephen M. Griffin, CPA, Managing Partner Mr. Griffin is the founding member of the firm. He began his career in public accounting upon graduating from the University of New Orleans in 1992. His emphasis is on credit unions, state retirement systems, accounting, individual & business taxation, and a variety of attest services. Mr. Griffin is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Society of Louisiana CPA’s where he serves on their financial institution committee. He serves on the Finance and Capital Campaign Committees for Raphael Village in New Orleans. Mr. Griffin also enjoys coaching high school basketball where the girls’ team he coached at Christ Episcopal High School in Covington won a state championship in 2018. He was selected by City Business as one of their 2018 Money Makers.
Robert J. Furman

Robert J. Furman

Robert J. Furman, CPA Partner  Mr. Furman has been a partner in the firm since 2001. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Alabama in 1991.  Since that time Mr. Furman has accumulated diversified experience in accounting, auditing, and tax matters in a variety of industries including construction, healthcare, non-profits, governmental entities, and credit unions.     He oversees all of the firm’s opinion audit engagements.  Rob is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Society of Louisiana CPA’s.  While Rob spends much of his spare time keeping up with the activities of his eight children he does find time to volunteer his time and talents to several school organizations and the Mandeville Soccer Club where he has been treasurer since 2007.

Jessica S. Benjamin

Jessica S. Benjamin

Jessica S. Benjamin, Director, Tax and Accounting  Mrs. Benjamin received her accounting degree from Spring Hill College in 2006.  After working for a public accounting firm in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama for two years, she relocated to the Northshore area and joined Griffin and Furman, LLC.  As Director of Tax and Accounting, Jessica enjoys the opportunity to get to know individual and small business clients on a personal level.

Racheal D. Alvey

Racheal D. Alvey

Racheal D. Alvey, Manager, Attest, Accounting and Credit Union Financial Specialist  Mrs. Alvey began her career in banking upon graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009.  Her emphasis is on banking, credit unions, state retirement systems, accounting, and a variety of attest services.

Angela M. Warden

Angela M. Warden

Angela M. Warden, Senior, Attest and Credit Union Compliance Specialist Mrs. Warden is part of the Auditing Staff for the firm. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2014 and began her career in the Credit Union world in 2015. Mrs. Warden quickly learned her way through the operational positions of a Credit Union worked her way into Operational and Branch Management.

Mrs. Warden works remotely for the firm as she and her family travel from location to location with the US Army.

Leslie R. Gainey

Leslie R. Gainey

Leslie R. Gainey, Senior, Tax and Accounting Mrs. Gainey began her career in accounting in 1988 after graduating from Delgado in New Orleans. After working in various industries over the years and acquiring unique work experiences by wearing many different hats, Leslie found her home with Griffin and Furman in 2016.

Bonnie L. Bennett

Bonnie L. Bennett

Bonnie L. Bennett, Senior, Attest Ms. Bennett is the newest member of the firm after taking some time away from her accounting career to focus on her family. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and then furthered her education at the University of New Orleans where she received her Master’s Degree in Accountancy/Taxation. Her previous experience includes working for a large regional CPA firm where she worked on non-profit, governmental, financial institutions, and oil and gas engagements. She also has experience working within different industries as an internal auditor.

Alicia M. Kelley

Alicia M. Kelley

Alicia M. Kelley, Administrative Assistant Alicia has served as Griffin & Furman’s Administrative Assistant since 2010. In addition to handling any task from processing tax returns to answering phones, Alicia enjoys her interactions with Griffin & Furman’s clients. Alicia is a native of Orange County, California and attended Loyola University of New Orleans on a vocal performance scholarship. She continues to enjoy singing as a Certified Cantor for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and has been performing with the New Orleans Opera since 1990.

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