About David

David S. Appel is a partner in Marcum’s Tax & Business Services division and National Leader of the Firm’s EB-5 Investor Services Practice group. With more than 30 years of multidisciplinary experience in domestic and international taxation, David focuses his practice on family business tax strategy and consulting services. He has addressed complex issues of estate, succession, and retirement planning, including family wealth preservation and transfers to future generations.

David heads the Firm’s Southeast Region tax consulting services group and serves on the Southeast Region Operations Committee. He is also a member of Marcum’s Executive Committee.

David was awarded the designation of Personal Financial Specialist by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in recognition of his considerable experience in personal financial planning. Well-versed in estate tax, international tax, business succession planning, and family estate planning, he has presented on numerous occasions to financial institutions and municipalities as well as at a number of tax-related conferences.

He serves on the board of directors and executive committee of a local charitable organization, providing long range and financial planning services and assisting in the design of the organization’s governance model. David is a member of Marcum’s Board of Directors.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • AICPA Tax Division
  • AICPA Personal Financial Planning Division
  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
  • Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami
  • American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Board
  • NSU Ambassador’s Board
  • Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Board of Directors

Articles, Seminars & Presentations

  • Family Office Roundtable: Sourcing Direct Investment Opportunities & Co-Investment Partners, Duane Morris LLP, May 2019
  • Qualified Opportunity Zone Investment Strategies & the South Florida Real Estate Market, March 2019
  • Year-End Tax Planning Strategies, November 2018
  • IIUSA EB-5 Advocacy Conference, April 2018
  • Heckerling Trust & Estate Conference, January 2018
  • Practical Issues for Green Card Investors in Uncertain Times – Association to Invest in America (IIUSA), October, 2016
  • Best Practices for Managing the NCE Investment, EB5 Diligence Webinar, June 2016
  • China: Through an Income Tax, Estate Tax, Business Planning and Immigration Laws – 2016 Step OC Conference, January 2016
  • Heckerling Institute Estate Planning Conference, 2016
  • Family Office Expert Panel Participant, 2015 ACG Florida Capital Connection
  • EB-5 Investor Based Immigration Conference, Pincus Professional Education, October 2015
  • Panelist for the South Florida Legal Guide’s Financial Roundtable:The Outlook for International Real Estate Investment, September 2015
  • Understanding EB-5, The Seminar Group, August 2015
  • Compliance w/ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), May 2015
  • Pre-Immigration Tax Planning – Association to Invest in USA (IIUSA), San Francisco, October 2014
  • 2014 China Best Ideas Investment Conference, September 2014
  • Planning Your Estate Now Can Prevent Problems in the Future – South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report, September 2014
  • Source of Funds Verification and Pre-immigration Taxation: 2014 Invest in America Conference, March 2014
  • EB-5 Investor Based Immigration: EB-5 From Start to Finish, PINCUS Professional Education, August 2013
  • Source of Funds Verification and Pre-immigration Taxation EB-5 Investment Summit: Dealmakers Conference, May 2013
  • Source of Funds Verification and Pre-immigration Taxation: 2013 Invest in America Conference, March 2013
  • Articles – EB-5 Insights: How Government policy can provide Private Equity Managers with an alternative method to raise capital: Marcum Private Investments Forum, March 2013
  • Source of Funds Verification and Pre-immigration Taxation National EB-5 Finance Seminar Tour with Greenberg Traurig, March 2013
  • Tax Strategies for Foreign Investment, EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developer, February 2013
  • AICPA National Conference on Financial Planning
  • AICPA National Conference on Estate Planning
  • Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
Practice Focus

Estate Planning
Business Planning & Governance
Succession Planning
Family Wealth Planning
EB-5 Planning & Compliance Reporting

Industry Focus

Multi-Generational Family Business
High-Net-Worth Individuals
Agricultural Companies
Real Estate Companies
Construction Companies
Aviation Companies


Master of Business Administration,
Nova Southeastern University

Bachelor of Science, Accounting,
University of Florida

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration,
University of Florida

Awards & Recognition

2006 Key Partner Award, South Florida Business Journal Accounting-General Winner