United States

Michael Gerlach

Partner, Business and Professional Services Senior Analyst

Areas of focus: Business and Professional Services


In May 2019, Michael was selected as a senior analyst in RSM’s cutting-edge Industry Eminence Program, which positions its senior analysts to understand, forecast and communicate economic, business and technology trends shaping the industries RSM serves. These senior analysts advise clients on conditions influencing middle market leaders. Michael’s focus is on the business and professional services industry. 

Summary of experience

Michael serves as RSM’s national law firm services practice lead and has more than 20 years of experience serving business and professional services firms, including law firms, consulting firms and executive search firms. He has extensive experience in partnership audits and preparing financial reports in accordance with the income tax and modified cash basis of accounting. He is a frequent speaker on business and professional services and accounting topics and is a facilitator for local and national training for the firm.

Michael assists clients and other organizations in the following areas:

  • Consolidation and mergers
  • Internal control system evaluations and reviews
  • Implementation of internal risk assessment procedures
  • Application of new accounting pronouncements
  • Alternative investment fair value review and assessment
  • Board governance

Professional affiliations and credentials

  • Certified public accountant, Illinois and Oklahoma
  • American Institute for Certified Public Accountants
  • Oklahoma CPA society


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tulsa

Recent Perspectives

Business and professional services industry outlook


Business and professional services industry outlook

From law firms to government contractors, what’s impacting business and professional services businesses amid a time of uncertainty?

Conditions Ripe For Services Firms To Make Strategic Investments


Conditions Ripe For Services Firms To Make Strategic Investments

Services firms should capitalize on low interest rates to access low-cost capital and make long-term strategic investments in technology

2020 business and professional services trends


2020 business and professional services trends

Firms are under tremendous pressure to gain and maintain competitiveness amid new and evolving trends in 2020.


Ready for changes to revenue recognition?

Business and professional services: Prepare for the new revenue recognition guidance. Understand certain accounting considerations.


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