Wayne R. Pinnell, CPA

Managing Partner

With Haskell & White since: 1995

Wayne R. Pinnell assumed the role of Managing Partner at Haskell & White LLP in 2004, following eight years as a partner in the Firm’s Audit and Business Advisory Services Group. As Managing Partner, Wayne oversees the overall strategic direction and operations of the Firm, while continuing to serve clients in his role as an Audit Partner.

Before joining Haskell & White, Wayne spent more than 10 years at BDO Seidman, LLP, rising to the level of partner prior to his departure.

Wayne’s clients have included both publicly traded and privately held firms, ranging in size from small, family-owned businesses to corporations with revenues in excess of $700 million annually. He has assisted clients with initial public offerings and the periodic reporting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission; private finance and merger/acquisition transactions; and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Wayne has also consulted with a number of companies on their general business operations including workflow, waste reduction, strategy, and growth/profit initiatives.


Industry & Areas of Specialty:
  • Distribution
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Audits
  • Due Diligence
  • Growth and Profit Advisory
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • SEC Reporting


Industry and Professional Affiliations:
  • Accredited Mindshop Facilitator
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Association for Corporate Growth (San Diego)
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
  • Corporate Directors Forum (San Diego)
  • Forum for Corporate Directors (Orange County)
  • Leading Edge Alliance – Board of Directors


Community Involvement:
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast – Board of Directors
  • California State University, Fullerton – Part-time faculty member, Chair of School of Accountancy Advisory Board
  • Center for Corporate Reporting & Governance – Board of Directors
  • Executive Council at CSUF – Board of Directors
  • Laura’s House – Board of Directors
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Department – Professional Services Civilian Responder
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council – Board of Directors
  • Seton Hall University – B.S. in Business Administration
    Magna Cum Laude

“Leadership means knowing your client inside and out. Our depth of industry knowledge and strong client relationships enables us to deliver strategies that make them more efficient and cost- effective while deploying practical solutions for complex financial and transaction matters.”

Posts by Wayne Pinnell

High-risk Areas in Financial Reporting

In July 2023, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) published a report that highlights common areas of audit deficiencies for public companies. Private companies face similar challenges when reporting their financial results. Internal accounting personnel and external auditors can use the PCAOB’s report to identify high-risk areas in financial reporting that may warrant additional Read more...

Overhead Allocations: Rising Costs Require a Fresh, Disciplined Mindset

From utilities and interest expense to executive salaries and insurance, many overhead costs have skyrocketed over the last few years. Some companies have responded by passing along the increases to customers through higher prices of goods and services. Is this strategy right for your business? Before implementing price increases, it’s important to understand how to Read more...

Reporting UTPs on Your Financial Statements

It can be difficult for business owners to navigate the tax code and monitor tax law developments. One area of special concern is financial reporting for uncertain tax positions (UTPs). Here’s some insight to help clarify matters. Recognition standard  Companies that follow U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) must identify, measure and disclose UTPs using Read more...