Management Team


Robert H. Griffin

Managing Partner

Mr. Griffin has been a partner in the firm’s Bay Area Practice since 1997. His practice emphasizes local governments, not for profit organizations, construction, real estate and litigation support. He is in charge of firm wide peer review, internal inspections and adoption of and compliance with new professional standards. As an engagement partner, Mr. Griffin is responsible for overall engagement management, including engagement execution and oversight, review of technical issues and findings, communication with management regarding audit and deliverables status, and the timely completion of deliverables.

Mr. Griffin has twenty-five years of accounting and auditing experience in public accounting and private industry. He is active in the GFOA and has served on the GFOA Special Review Committee for CAFR and PAFR Awards for over ten years. He is also a member of the AICPA, the California State Society and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Mr. Griffin is active in community affairs in San Mateo County as he has served on the San Mateo Union High School District Board for almost twenty years.

Q: What was your first job?

A: My first job was at a fast food restaurant cooking chicken while I was still in high school. The wages were less than $1 per hour and the work wasn’t easy. I was required to wear a white shirt, which was ruined after one day of work. This job taught me how to work hard and persevere. I had to lift heavy boxes and overcome a fear of open flames and large quantities of hot grease while working in extreme temperatures.

Q: What do you believe brings clients to Williams Adley?

A: I believe that our clients come to Williams Adley because of our unique combination of services and experience. I think our clients like our large firm capabilities and our small firm personalized service.

Q:  How do you keep a competitive edge?

A: I talk to my colleagues and competitors quite a bit. I also take a fair amount of professional training and do lots of reading on my own. Things in the profession are moving rapidly and it’s a real challenge to keep current.

Q: Name one of your talents that benefits clients most.

A: I have been on both sides of the table and besides being responsible for issuing audit reports, I have had been a member of senior management in several large public companies which provides me with dual perspectives on audit issues.

Q: How do you spend your time outside of the office?

A: I have served on a school board for almost 20 years, which takes a lot of my free time. I like to read, play golf and I work out 4-5 times a week. I also enjoy drawing and painting and have a guitar that I like to play when time permits.  

Q: What quote or saying guides your professional and/or personal life?

A: The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.