Firm Profile

Barlow & Hughan - Certified Public AccountantsBarlow & Hughan LLP, although founded in 1990, can trace its origins to 1946 when Barlow, Davis, & Wood was established. Barlow, Davis, & Wood was one of the larger local San Francisco accounting firms at the time, with a professional staff of nearly twenty-five. The 'Barlow' of that firm was Wm. P. Barlow, Sr., whose son William Jr. joined the practice in 1960 after three years with a "Big Eight" firm, was made partner in 1964, and is still with the firm today. Barlow & Hughan has been fortunate in retaining many clients of Barlow, Davis, & Wood to this day. Indeed one individual, a 1906 San Francisco earthquake survivor, was a client until her death a few years ago at the age of 104.

In 1973, Barlow, Davis, & Wood became the San Francisco office of J. K. Lasser & Co., a national firm in the tier below the "Big Eight". Four years later, J. K. Lasser merged with Touche, Ross & Co., shortly after which Wm. P. Barlow, Jr. withdrew as a partner, taking most of the clients whom he had handled with him to his sole proprietorship in Oakland, CA.

In 1990, Wade C Hughan, who had had similar "big firm" experieince with Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells, transformed the sole proprietorship into the present partnership of Barlow & Hughan. At the end of 1999, the partnership, defying the dot-com-created escalation of San Francisco rents, moved from Oakland to its present San Francisco location near the Civic Center. The firm of Barlow & Hughan, looking back to more than half a century of service to its clients through all of the intermediate entities, now looks forward to several more decades of sophisticated personal service to both continuing and newly acquired clients.

We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship as a partnership, and we truly believe that our success is a result of your success.

We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. Our continual investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of our commitment to excellence.