CDL History


The cost of a gallon of gas – $.89;  the cost of a new home –  approximately $92,000;    President Ronald Reagan’s Tax Reform Act rolls out;   Florida’s population doubles in size;  a 29-mile stretch of Interstate I-95 in Ft. Pierce, Florida opens for travelers to drive from Maine to Miami.

The Firm then known as Hutchinson & Gravett, P.A. opens. 


William Caler, David Donten, Joel Levine, Scott Porter and Mark Veil work together at a Big Eight firm in West Palm Beach.  In May, the Big Eight firm announces it will merge with another large firm.  Seizing the opportunity to break out on their own, the five young CPAs leave and join Hutchinson & Gravett, P.A.

Business Valuation and Litigation Support services begin to be offered.


The Firm signs a lease at 505 S. Flagler Drive, Suite 900 in West Palm Beach. 

Lou Cohen joins the Firm.


Jim Mullen joins the Firm.


Family Office services begin to be offered. 

Tom Pence joins the Firm.


Jim Hutchison and John Courtney join the Firm.


Mike Nalezyty joins the Firm.


Laura Clark joins the Firm.


Martin Woods joins the firm.


The Firm is named Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A.

Lou Cohen is named President of the Firm.


The Firm continues to grow and takes 16 spaces and one conference room on the 9th   floor  in the West Palm Beach Office.


Patrick Mangan joins the Firm.


Now occupying the entire 9th floor in the West Palm Beach office, the Firm leases 13 additional spaces and a break room on the 10th floor.

The Firm signs a lease at 850 NW Federal Highway, Stuart.


Laura Clark named shareholder;  third female in the Firm’s history to be named shareholder.

The number of Firm employees passes the 100 mark.


Controller Services begin to be offered.

Martin Woods named shareholder.

CDL receives first-ever INSIDE Public Accounting accolades: “Best of the Best, Fastest Growing, Top 200 Firms.” CDL was one of only 15 CPA firms among 550 in the nation to receive all three.

The Firm expands into Martin County signing permanent office space at 759 SW Federal Highway, Suite 301, Stuart (Royal Palm Financial Center).


CDL recognized as a 2019 All Star in Niche Specialization for High Net Worth Clients by INSIDE Public Accounting.  CDL was the only Firm from the State of Florida to be recognized in that category. 

Since 1987, CDL’s exponential growth has been organic and has led to the ranking as one of the largest local CPA firms in Palm Beach County. We are proud to be the alternative to regional and national CPA firms. Our homegrown roots have made us one of the most respected CPA firms in South Florida and we are grateful to our clients, our employees and the community for helping shape our history.