Mike McGivney

Mike McGivney, CPA, MSA Partner-in-Charge, Tax

An advisor everyone enjoys working with, Mike listens intently to his clients and then works diligently to help them be successful. Clients know Mike will always present them with the best options available to help them make their ultimate decision.

Location: Cleveland Email: mmcgivney@cohencpa.com Phone: 216.774.1105

Credentials & Education

  • Certified Public Accountant (Ohio)
  • Master of Accountancy with a concentration in tax, magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame
  • B.B.A. with a concentration in accounting, cum laude, University of Notre Dame

In addition to leading the firm’s Tax Department, Mike devotes a significant amount of his time to tax consulting and compliance for the firm’s clients. His principal areas of expertise are advising privately owned businesses, overseeing tax planning and compliance, and participating in transaction structuring. He works with businesses that have a strong emphasis in real estate, tax credits and incentives, private equity, and sports and entertainment. In particular, Mike has developed special expertise in new markets, advanced energy and historic tax credits. He also has advised many start-up companies on formation issues and tax strategies.

  • Partner-in-Charge of the Tax Department
  • Notre Dame Club of Cleveland (Scholarship Committee, former Treasurer)
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Speaker at various local and national conferences
  • Published in the August edition of the AICPA Tax Adviser’s “Tax Clinic”
  • Various trainings on creative tax planning for real estate transactions, financing renewable energy, and NMTC Compliance and Asset Management Conference
  • Former adjunct professor in Cleveland State University’s Master of Accountancy Program and former member of AICPA Passing Score Panel 


Mike lives in Rocky River, Ohio, with his wife and their three sons. In addition to family time, Mike enjoys being outdoors and running. Even with a few marathons under his belt, the best run of the day for Mike is when he takes his sons out around the neighborhood or the Rocky River Metroparks.