Lela C. Lawless, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA


Lela C. Lawless

At Eide Bailly, client service means exceeding our clients' expectations in a cost-efficient manner.


Lela has specific expertise managing complex litigation support, business valuation, forensic accounting, fraud detection, analyzing claims and calculating economic damages related to lost profits, fraud schemes, securities litigation, bankruptcy, employment, contract disputes and other business disputes. Lela's experience includes preparing reports, supporting schedules, analysis and exhibits used in all phases of commercial litigation and providing testimony in federal and state courts.

Lela is dedicated to clients and is focused on providing meaningful financial and economic analysis.

Outside of her professional life, Lela enjoys playing competitive tennis and spending time with her three children.



  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Forensics and Valuation Services Section
  • Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants – Forensic and Litigation Services Section, Business Valuation Services Section
  • National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Accredited in Business Valuation
  • Certified in Financial Forensics
  • Certified Valuation Analyst


  • Bachelor of Science – University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Master's in Business Administration, Accounting – University of Arizona, Tucson


Client Work

  • More than 20 years of experience as a consultant, expert witness and forensic accountant on hundreds of litigation cases and claims.


Community Involvement

  • Central Arizona Estate Planning, Council Board Member
  • Central Phoenix Women
  • Florence Crittenden Finance Committee
  • Arizona Business Leadership