United States

Donald A. Lipari

National Industry Leader, Private Equity Leader

Areas of focus: Private Equity Services


Summary of experience

As the national industry leader, Don is responsible for the development of the firm’s overall industry strategy, including methodologies, go-to-market activities, and alignment and integration of the firm’s industry teams. He oversees training and talent development to strengthen the firm’s industry capabilities and expertise. He also serves as a member of the firm’s core leadership team.

In addition to his industry leadership responsibilities, Don is the firm’s national leader of private equity services. He brings broad financial sector experience and has been an audit partner for more than 25 years. He routinely hosts and speaks at the firm’s private equity conferences, deepening RSM’s relationships with senior industry executives through discussions of critical accounting and business issues unique to the private equity space. Don has also worked closely with the New York private equity services practice, building its dominant presence in the New York marketplace over the past five years.  

Don is also a member of the RSM Academy Faculty. As a faculty member, he provides training to RSM member firms around the world. Don is a former member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Women’s Leadership Board.

Throughout his career, Don has advised clients on matters involving audit, tax, and management and financial consulting. He also has an extensive background with forensic engagements, litigation and transactional support. Don’s clients operate in numerous industries with a particular focus in consumer products.

Don speaks regularly on business issues with media outlets, such as CNBC, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, Dow Jones, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and Women’s Wear Daily. He is also the host of Privcap’s Powerhouses in Private Equity quarterly video series, which captures insights from leading investors and dealmakers in private equity. Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City has recognized him with its Bob Berenson Leadership Award.

Professional Affiliations and Credentials

  • Licensed as a CPA in New York
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting from New York University
  • Completed the Advanced Business Advisor Program at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business


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