J. Stephen Gardes


With over 40 years of public accounting experience, Steve has developed a level of experience well suited to the expectations of the demanding clientele.  Steve has vast experience in a broad spectrum of areas of practice including management consulting, income and estate tax planning and business acquisitions/reorganizations.

Steve graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  Since then, Steve has gone on to enjoy a rich and achievement-studded career which includes:

  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, a designation which indicates a high level of expertise and experience in business valuation.
  • Member of the AICPA and the SLCPA, including as a past Board Member of the SLCPA and past President of the Lafayette Chapter of CPA's.
  • Past Chairman of the Louisiana Certified Public Accountant Financial Planning Committee.

With his focus in management consulting, Steve believes in sharing his knowledge and high-level business insight with clients to ensure the best possible chance for their financial growth and asset protection.


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Established in 1950, Darnall, Sikes & Frederick is a Louisiana based CPA firm with offices presently located in Lafayette, Eunice, Morgan City and Abbeville, Louisiana.

The partners in the firm, a progressive group in tune with today's needs, are dedicated to providing quality services that keep pace with a rapidly changing society and business environment. Today, the public and private sector and individuals must deal with changes resulting from constant technological advances and the globalization of the marketplace. The firm is committed to providing cutting-edge services that allow clients not only to adjust to the ongoing changes, but also to achieve financial benefit from them.