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James (Jim) Kieckhafer

Over the past 35 years, James (Jim) Kieckhafer has created a thriving accounting practice that provides customized tax, audit, and business advisory solutions to a diverse set of clients across numerous industries. The experience and breadth of knowledge he brings to each client engagement continues to solidify his reputation as one of Orange County’s most trusted and sought after business advisors.

Jim’s client portfolio includes organizations of all sizes and stages of the business lifecycle, with a concentration on strategic and financial planning for closely held businesses, partnership taxation, private placements, acquisitions / dispositions, estate planning, and succession planning.

As one of KS LLP’s founding partners, Jim’s commitment and contribution to the personal and professional development of his team is a testament to the value the partnership places on its employees. Jim, along with his co-founder and executive team members, are guided by the belief that the investments we make today shape the next generation of leaders. As a result, Kieckhafer Schiffer LLP enjoys a remarkably low turnover rate, exceeding the industry standard for employee engagement and retention.

In addition to his licensure as a Certified Public Accountant, Jim is also a Registered Securities Broker (FINRA Series 7), Advisory Associate (FINRA Series 65), and Licensed Life Insurance Agent (State of California License #OC67846). Jim has received numerous awards and designations for services provided in his capacity both as the Branch Manager of KS Financial Advisors and as a trusted provider of complete tax and wealth management services; including the designations of Personal Financial Specialist as determined by the AICPA and that of Five Star Wealth Manager from 2008 to 2017, a designation presented annually to fewer than 7% of wealth management professionals in the provider’s local market.