Thomas E. Burdette

Partner Emeritus

On 12/31/18, Tom Burdette turned over the helm of Burdette Smith & Bish LLC to Jeff Smith, who now serves as Managing Partner.

Tom is a certified public accountant and a registered investment advisor. Tom has over forty years of experience, not only assisting other individuals and businesses but as a business owner himself.

In 1978, Tom founded and was the managing shareholder of what eventually became The Burdette Smith Group PC. (BSG).  In 2012, BSG merged with Bish & Haffey PC to become Burdette Smith & Bish LLC.  Tom specializes in all aspects of tax and is experienced in financial reporting services, estate management, and financial advisory services.  He has also given expert witness testimony in various states and counties over the years.  Early in his career, Tom was a players’agent for the National Football League. His clients include closely-held businesses in all industries.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina where he was a four-year starter in football for the Indians.


  • Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Tax Division and Personal Financial Planning Division, AICPA
  • Member, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

Honors and awards

  • 1993, 1998 “Best Professional Firm,” Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
  • 2002 “Best Leader of the Year,” Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
  • 2010 Catawba College Distinguished Alumnus Award

Community service, past and present

  • Board of Directors – EagleBank
  • Board of Directors – Virginia Commerce Bank
  • Advisory Board – Virginia Commerce Bank
  • Advisory Board – Sandy Spring Bank
  • Board of Directors – Potomac Bank of Virginia
  • Advisory Board – The George Mason Bank
  • Advisory Board – Fairfax Bank & Trust, Inc.
  • Board of Trustees – Catawba College
  • Catawba College Alumni Board
  • Board of Directors – Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
  • President – Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
  • President – Country Club of Fairfax
  • Treasurer – FACETS (non-profit)
  • Fairfax Rotary Club
  • President – Fairfax Rotary Club
  • Inova Hospital Gift and Estate Board

Expert Witness

  • Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Circuit Court of Frederick County, Maryland
  • Superior Court of the State of Delaware in and for Sussex County
  • Circuit Court of Loudoun County, Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Virginia 


  • Continuing Contributor – Northern Virginia Medical Society Newsletter, NOVA News and local newspapers
  • Contributor to Disclosures magazine for article “Quarterbacking Your Firm”