Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas, CPA, MAcc Partner, Transaction Services

Justin’s clients rely on his experience and responsiveness to provide actionable, real-time advice during the due diligence process. Knowing there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, he tailors the due diligence process to the circumstances and needs of each engagement. Justin focuses on the value-impacting issues in a transaction, acts as a trusted adviser in the decision-making process, and helps clients gain the necessary insight so they can feel confident in executing the right deal, at the right time, for the right value.

Location: Cleveland Email: jthomas@cohencpa.com Phone: 216.774.1202

Credentials & Education

  • Certified Public Accountant (Ohio)
  • Master of Accountancy, Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S. in accounting, Case Western Reserve University

Justin specializes in advising clients through due diligence investigations, contract negotiation support and settlement of post-closing adjustments. With 13 years of experience at a Big 4 accounting firm, 10 of which were dedicated to mergers and acquisitions, Justin has developed deep knowledge of issues facing buyers and sellers, both private equity and corporate, in deals ranging in value from $5 million to more than $4.5 billion. He has extensive experience in carve-out transactions from both the buyer and seller perspective. Justin has advised clients on deals in industries including industrial products and manufacturing, distribution, aerospace and defense, retail and business services, among others.


  • Member of the firm’s senior leadership team, leading the go-to-market efforts for private equity
  • Youth Challenge (Board of Trustees)
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • American Institute of CPAs


Justin and his wife live in Rocky River, Ohio, with their two children. In addition to traveling with his family, Justin enjoys playing golf with his kids … since they can’t beat him yet.