Deborah Walker, CPA

Title:National Director, Compensation & Benefits

Education:B.A. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, Alfred University; MBA, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill


Deb Walker

Based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Deborah is National Director of the Firm’s Compensation & Benefits Solutions group. She provides executives and employers guidance on short and long term incentive compensation arrangements, both domestically and internationally; tax controversy issues related to employment taxes and compensation items; qualified retirement plans; health benefits including healthcare reform; and other fringe benefits such as expense reimbursement arrangements concentrating on federal tax consequences and achieving strategic business goals. Recognized as a trusted advisor with more than 35 years of experience, Deborah also advises clients on compensation deductions in mergers and acquisitions; accounting methods for compensation items; financial statement reporting of compensation; and ESOPs.

Prior to her arrival at Cherry Bekaert, Deborah served as a partner at two Big Four firms and Deputy to the Benefits Tax Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, developing a broad understanding in the creation of legislation and regulations. She is also a published writer, authoring numerous articles regarding compensation and benefits matters. She was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Taxation of Employee Benefits and a member of the Tax Advisor Editorial Board.

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic and International Executive Compensation
  • Compensation Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Qualified Retirement Plans, including ESOPs
  • Employment Taxes

Professional Involvement

  • NACD Governance Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Chair, IRS Commissioner’s Advisory Committee
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Chair, AICPA Annual Employee Benefits Conference

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
  • President, Board of Directors, The Colombia Residences