Lara Stanton

Lara Stanton

Assurance Director


BDO Chicago Office



Executive Summary

Lara Stanton is a national audit director and has more than 20 years of experience. She currently manages the EBP practice in the Chicago office, and well as assists in providing training, materials, technical support and updates to all BDO offices that perform audits of employee benefit plans. She also coordinates the quality control inspections of employee benefit plan (EBP) audit files for BDO. In addition, as a member of the System and Organization Controls (SOC) Practice at BDO, Lara performs SOC report evaluations for engagement teams, develops templates and prepares SOC reports for EBP-related clients.
Previously, Lara managed the employee benefit plan audit and Form 5500 preparation practices for BDO’s Atlanta and San Francisco offices. She was an original co-author of the BDO Seidman, LLP Employee Benefit Plan Audit Manual, which was published by Aspen Publishers as The Miller Guide to Auditing Defined Contribution Plans from 2003-2006. Lara also co-chaired the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Employee Benefit Plan Conferences from 2004 through 2006 and served on the AICPA Planning Committee for many years.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Illinois CPA Society


B.A., Accounting, Aurora University
B.A., Public Relations, University of Georgia