Our Story

Cotton was founded in 1981, with one partner and a handful of auditors, and has continued to expand its client base and range of services. Once providing limited financial audit services to our federal clients, we have grown to a firm of 15 partners and more than 200 professionals providing a full range of audit, accounting, information assurance, and consulting services. Our specialized practice focus sets us apart. Our professional philosophy makes us unique.

Cotton is a certified public accounting partnership licensed and in good standing with the Commonwealth of Virginia and many other states and is qualified to practice in all other jurisdictions. Our practice specialty is the business of government. Since our founding, Cotton has focused its practice on providing services predominantly for governmental agencies and programs. Many clients are repeat clients, which is evidence of our record of outstanding and timely performance and our sustained ability to exceed client expectations.

Cotton has held its office locations in Old Town Alexandria since its inception. Our proximity to many local federal government agency buildings makes us easily accessible to our clients.

Cotton was a small veteran-owned business in its primary NAICS code and under all contract vehicles until 2007. We are currently classified as a large veteran-owned business in our primary NAICS code and under our GSA MAS Professional Services and GSA MAS Information Technology contracts. Dave Cotton founded the firm in 1981, and was appointed to Chairman in 2007.