Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith Joins Forces with Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes

Don Murphy

Birmingham, Ala.-based Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith (FY17 net revenue of $21.4 million) announces it is merging with Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes of Huntsville, Ala., on Jan. 1.

 The existing Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith (BMSS) location in Huntsville will relocate to Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes (HAGB) office at 400 Meridian St. Once the merger is complete, the combined entity will have 29 partners, 94 CPAs and approximately 225 employees. The two firms will consolidate under the name BMSS LLC.

“We have spent a great deal of time with Hall Albright’s leadership over the past year,” says BMSS Managing Member Don Murphy. “Through our time together, we have come to see how we both reflect and complement our respective firm’s cultures and values. Our combined forces will take BMSS to a new level that will continue to grow and expand just as the Huntsville metro area is growing and expanding.”

John Hall

The BMSS family of companies includes a wealth management company, BMSS Wesson Wealth Solutions, a payroll and benefits company, PBS, a PEO company, PBS PEO and an IT company, Abacus IT Solutions. Since 1998, BMSS has also been an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned accounting firms.

Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes is a full-service public accounting firm whose team of CPAs and consultants have served the North Alabama area for over 30 years. The firm offers tax, audit, payroll and bookkeeping services and specializes in serving government contractor clients.

“For many years, we have witnessed, admired and respected how BMSS has taken care of its people and its clients throughout the state,” says HAGB Shareholder Jon Hall. “Their culture and primary mission closely mirror ours. The skill sets of both firms are complementary to one another. It just seemed to make sense to bring the two firms together.”