We are fortunate at Beasley Allen to have an outstanding Accounting Department. The personnel in the Department handle all financial records, cash disbursements and cash receipts within the firm. The department is divided into different areas of work; Accounts Payable, Payroll, Financial Reporting & Controls, and Trust Accounting. We currently employ seven people in this section. The staff in this section work together like a well-oiled wheel. With the thousands of clients we represent at any given time, their skills in process and organization are at an exceptional level of expertise. Here is a little more information about the operations of this department, and the people who make it happen:
• Accounts Payable – This area encompasses all payments due for firm overhead and all advances made on behalf of our clients for expenses incurred while processing each case. Along with handling invoices from vendors, the firm maintains more than 65 bank credit cards, which are reconciled monthly.
• Payroll – This area controls the pay for all Beasley Allen employees. The Payroll staff makes sure all employees are paid accurately and timely. In addition, proper tax is assessed and tax payments are filed and paid with all federal and state government agencies. We currently process two cycles of payroll, Monthly and Biweekly. The Payroll area also oversees the contributions made by our employees and company to the firm Profit Sharing Plan.
• Financial Reporting & Controls – This area produces all reports on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. The General Ledger, Income Statement, Trial Balance, and Balance Sheet are just a few examples. Beasley Allen maintains a high level of Internal Controls to include, but not limited to, reconciliations, division of responsibilities, following GAAP standards of accounting principles with a view towards compliance, fraud control and theft prevention.
• Trust Accounting – The Trust Accounting area oversees all receipts and disbursements of client settlement funds. Client Trust Funds are held in a separate IOLTA account and disbursed according to the guidelines set forth by the Alabama State Bar. Every client’s trust funds are maintained in a separate ledger.
Julie Grimes, Accounting Manager – Julie has been with the firm since 1994. She handles all Financial Reporting and Banking duties and oversees all staff and functions of the department. Julie and her husband Keith travel whenever possible exploring new beaches in the Caribbean. They also enjoy life on their farm, where they raise Black Angus Cattle, and occasionally drop a line in the pond hoping to catch supper! Julie and Keith have six grandchildren – all boys – Chael, Will, Sean, Jake, Cade and Lucas. Julie does an outstanding job and we are fortunate to have her with us.
Kristen Piatek, Senior Accountant – Kristen has been with the firm since 2009. Her primary function is Trust Accounting Disbursements. Her other areas of work are internal department reporting and all reporting for MDL associations. Before Kristen moved to Montgomery she lived in Pittsburgh Penn., where she grew up. Kristen has two children, Lexy, age 21 and, Justin, age 16. They are members of St. Bede Catholic Church. She keeps busy with her two horses, one being a yearling colt. She also enjoys the lake, beach, camping, kayaking, white water rafting and snow skiing. Volunteering with the Montgomery County 4H equestrian group, her church and her sons’ school are also a passion of hers. Kristen is a very good, hard-working employee. We are fortunate to have Kristen with us.
Shelley Reiske, Accountant 1 – Shelley has been with the firm since 2005. Her primary function is handling all of the firm’s Payroll Processing. Some of her responsibilities include payroll reporting, and medical/life insurance billing. Born and raised in Connecticut, Shelley moved to Prattville, Ala., in 1994. She has three children – Erica, who is 25 years old, Madison, who is 18 years old, and Hunter, who is 16 years old. Shelley is also expecting her first grandchild in September of this year. Her family attends Centerpoint Fellowship Church in Prattville. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys the beach, traveling, cooking, entertaining guests, selling cosmetics for Lancome and spending time with her friends and family. Shelley is a very good dedicated employee who is an asset for the firm.
Loretta Williams, Accounting Clerk 2 – Loretta has been with the firm since 2001. She has worked working in the Accounting Department since 2004. Her primary area of work is Accounts Payable. Loretta handles the processing of all client-related expenses for the Mass Torts and Fraud Sections. One of her other areas of work is in a fraud control environment where she monitors Positive Pay Reconciliation with our bank. Loretta was born and raised in Lumberton, Miss. She has three brothers and two sisters. Loretta earned a BS degree in Secondary Education from Alabama State University. She attended ASU on scholarship. In her free time, Loretta likes bowling, relaxing at the area parks, reading, writing, assisting at church and hanging with her family and friends. She is married to Paul and they have one son, Bryce. They attend Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery. Loretta is a good employee who is dedicated to her work. We are blessed to have her with us.
Ashley Locklar, Accounting Clerk 1 – Ashley joined the firm in 2009 and transferred to the Accounting Department in 2012. Her primary area of work is Accounts Payable. Ashley handles the processing of all client related expenses for the Toxic Torts and Personal Injury Sections. One of her other areas of work is reconciling our vendors that individually produce hundreds of invoices per month. Ashley says she enjoys what she does at the firm and, even more so, “working with the amazing accounting group.” Ashley and her husband, Chuck, have two children, Cal, who is 5 years old, and Lola, who is 5 months old. Ashley’s favorite hobby is playing pool, but she also enjoys traveling, cooking, hosting/entertaining events, spending time outside or doing anything that is adventurous. Ashley is a good, dedicated employee and we are fortune to have her with us.
Robin Parkhurst, Accounting Clerk 1 – Robin joined the Accounting Department in 2014. Her primary work area is Accounts Payable. She processes all non-client payables. Robin is married to John and has two children, Austin, who is 11 years old and in the 4th grade, and Danielle, who is 17 years old and in the 11th grade, as well as one step-granddaughter, Callista, who is 3 years old. They attend the Church of the Highlands located in Montgomery. Robin enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, cooking, gardening, going to the lake and watching Alabama football. She is a good employee who is dedicated to her job. We are fortunate to have Robin with the firm.
Beverly Larkin, Accounting Administrative Assistant – Beverly came to Beasley Allen in 2003. She handles all clerical functions for the Accounting Department. Her primary area of work is Cost Accounting and Trust Balance Monitoring. After graduating from Wetumpka High School in 1981, Beverly attended Coastal Training Institute in Montgomery, Ala., and graduated as a Legal Secretary. She has been married to John Larkin for 30 years, and together they have one daughter, Saundra Larkin, as well as a pair of twin boys, Lester and Sylvester. Beverly is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren – four girls and two boys. Beverly enjoys reading, spending time with her family, exploring new things and encouraging folks. The Larkins attend church at Northview Christian Church, Safe Harbor in Montgomery. Without any doubt, Beverly enjoys her work. She is a good employee who is dedicated to the firm. We are blessed to have her with us.
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.