Bill Godshall is one of the leaders of the firm’s audit practice. He leads the firm’s Public Company Audit practice and as the Co-Chair of the firm’s national Manufacturing & Distribution Group. In addition, Bill leads the firm’s Accounting and Risk Advisory Services Practice, which specializes in assisting large and mid-size public company clients with complex accounting and financial reporting issues.
Bill works primarily in the energy, manufacturing, technology and financial services industries, serving both public and private companies. He has extensive experience with complex accounting topics such as SEC reporting, derivatives, leases, debt restructuring, foreign companies, business combinations and revenue recognition.
Bill joined Frazier & Deeter in 2005, after leaving the Public Company Accounting and Oversight Board (PCAOB), where he served as an Inspection Leader. Bill joined the PCAOB in January 2004, prior to the start of the first full-scope inspections of registered public accounting firms. At the PCAOB, he helped to develop the training program for full-scope inspections and the inspection methodology for audits of internal control over financial reporting. He also wrote the inspection guidance for derivative accounting and auditing areas that is in place today. Other responsibilities included serving as issue consultant to inspection teams for complex accounting and auditing issues. Bill led and participated in the inspections of several local firms throughout the Southeast US and one of the Big Four Firms.
Bill started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1990, where he worked until 2002, when he left to join the Capital Markets Risk and Accounting Advisory Group at Deloitte. While in this group, Bill specialized in assisting his clients with complex accounting and reporting issues for SEC companies, primarily in the energy and manufacturing industries.
Professional and Civic Organizations
Board member – Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Scoutmaster, Troop 623, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church
Board member, St. Jude Board of Total Religious Education
Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of New Orleans.