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Smith Dickson sponsors the Annual “General Counsel Awards”

As part of our commitment to the Southern California legal community, Smith Dickson is pleased to have been a Silver Sponsor of the “10th Annual General Counsel Awards,” presented by the Orange County Business Journal.

These awards recognize the significant role in-house counsels play in the success of Orange County businesses.


The Bocce trophy awaits inscription of our 2018 champions!

Smith Dickson sponsors – and wins – Bocce Invitational charity event!

Smith Dickson was proud to sponsor the recent “7th Annual Bocce Invitational” to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The event, held at IL Fornaio restaurant in Irvine, was attended by Orange County business leaders and raised thousands of dollars for the organization.

An exciting highlight for our Smith Dickson team was repeating as champions of the Bocce tournament (we also won in 2017)!  The event was fun for all involved and we enjoyed supporting such a worthwhile cause.

Our Smith Dickson group at the event …


The Bocce trophy awaits inscription of our 2018 champions!


Our winning team, Debbie Dickson and event head Carol Fox.




Special Segerstrom Concert Hall Performance

The Dickson family’s achievements in performing arts have reached new heights! Debbie Dickson and daughter Brooke Dickson recently performed at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. In the 25 minute concert, Brooke performed as a soprano soloist and Debbie played the massive organ (4,322 pipes, 40 feet wide x 48 feet high).

If you missed this performance, or would like to see it again, see these videos on YouTube: Full concert – or “Ave Maria” (Brooke’s solo) –


Debbie Dickson profiled in OCBJ’s “OC Style File”

Debbie Dickson was profiled in the “OC Style File,” in the Orange County Business Journal (October 2, 2017). The column showcases fashion and clothing styles of leading OC executives.

Says Debbie “It was quite a nice compliment to be chosen for this column.  I do feel that style is very important for my role in the courtroom and business community.  It was fun doing this profile, although I must say it wasn’t easy posing for the photo – but now I have a greater appreciation for models!”

See the article:


Smith Dickson sponsors – and wins – Bocce Invitational charity event!

Smith Dickson was proud to sponsor the recent 6th Annual Bocce Invitational to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.  The event, held at IL Fornaio restaurant in Irvine, was attended by approximately 175 Orange County business leaders and raised thousands of dollars for the organization.

Most of our Smith Dickson team was able to attend and support the event, with many even playing a few games of Bocce!  To our surprise, we won!  It was great fun, and we enjoyed supporting such a worthwhile cause.





Debbie Dickson nominated for OCBJ “2017 Women in Business” awards

Smith Dickson president Debbie Dickson has been nominated for the OCBJ “2017 Women in Business” awards.  These awards recognize exceptional business and professional OC women.  The special OCBJ issue of April 17th  features profiles and photos of this year’s nominees.

Read OCBJ profile of Debbie


Segerstrom Center for the Arts recognizes Smith Dickson for corporate support

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has recognized local corporations and corporate foundations, including Smith Dickson, for providing annual contributions to the Center.  These contributions support the Center’s artistic and education programming.  Smith Dickson is pleased to be a supporter of the Center, which  hosts Broadway shows, Dance, Concert Series, Cabaret Series, Jazz Club and special events.  It is also the artistic home to three resident companies: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale.  The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, originally called Orange County Performing Arts Center, is a performing arts complex located in Costa Mesa, California, United States, which opened in 1986.



National Association of Women Business Owners – Orange County selects Debbie Dickson to receive “Lifetime Achievement Award”

NAWBO-OC presented Debbie Dickson with the organization’s Remarkable Women Lifetime Achievement Award.  The award was presented at NAWBO’s “20th Annual Remarkable Women Awards Event & Dinner” on May 19, 2016.

Per NAWBO-OC: “Accomplished and respected CEO, mentor, and generous volunteer to numerous professional and community organizations for decades, Debbie Dickson is well deserving of NAWBO-OC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Debbie is founder and president of Smith Dickson, an Irvine-based CPA firm specializing in litigation support services, accounting, taxation, and business consulting. She has earned a reputation as a formidable forensic accounting expert witness and is considered a dynamic leader in her field.

“When she began her career as a CPA, Debbie was one of the few women in the profession. In the 1980s, after many years with Big 8 firms, she started Smith Dickson, an Accountancy Corporation. Taking care of her 12 employees is of the utmost importance to her, not only for the success of Smith Dickson but for the well-being of each employee’s personal concerns. For example, she shares her business sense and leadership skills as a mentor to those just starting their careers. Through her efforts, dozens of accountants have earned CPA certifications. Debbie regularly volunteers for boards and as president of groups such as the Forensic Expert Witness Association, Orange County Management Association, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and Orange County Performing Arts Corporate Council. She also speaks before business organizations and women’s groups, and for three years ran a program that counseled teenage girls to develop their abilities. She’s a talented concert organist and pianist, donating her performances as a service to the arts.

“Perhaps if you asked her about her greatest accomplishment, Debbie would say that being a wife and Mom to her six children is at the top of the list.”


If you weren’t able to attend, see the video of Debbie’s acceptance speech below.  Congresswoman Mimi Walters presented Debbie with her award. Or click here for a written transcript.  For a news release, click here.

Debbie received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” …

Approximately 400 business leaders attended the gala …


Debbie’s speech capped the night …

Most of the Smith Dickson team was on-hand to enjoy the festivities …

Debbie with her husband, Guy, and children Kristin, Courtney, Michael, Ashlee, Heather and Brooke …

Debbie Dickson interviewed on radio show about “Tax Code Changes”

Debbie Dickson was interviewed June 6, 2013 on the “Critical Mass for Business” radio show. She discussed  the impact of the tax code changes on small businesses. Deborah also shares with our audience some mitigating positive effects of changes in depreciation and other areas in the new tax code.  The radio show’s audience demographic is 90%+ CEOs, business executives and owners.

Listen to the interview:

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Debbie Dickson earns  Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) designation

May 9, 2012 — Deborah Dickson, CPA, CFF, MAFF, President of Smith Dickson, has successfully completed the rigourous certification process to earn the designation of Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) with the prestigious National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA®).

The MAFF credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who demonstrate considerable expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience. The MAFF encompasses fundamental and specialized forensic accounting skills that CPA practitioners apply in a variety of service areas, including bankruptcy and insolvency; computer forensic analysis; family law; valuations; fraud prevention, detection, and response; financial statement misrepresentation; and economic damages calculations.

Ms. Dickson is an experienced CPA and expert witness, with over 25 years in the accounting profession including 15 years in the litigation services area. She began her career as an auditor for Deloitte Touche (formerly Touche Ross) and subsequently accepted an opportunity to run the Entrepreneurial Services Division at PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). She has been President of Smith Dickson, an Accountancy Corporation, since 1982.

Press Release: Deborah Dickson, CPA, President of Smith Dickson earns prestigious MAFF designation