About John

John McCarthy is a partner in the Firm’s Boston, Massachusetts office. John has over 17 years of experience providing audit and financial reporting services to public and private companies, with a specialty in real estate including Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). He also has industry expertise in the fields of hospitality and not-for-profits.

John has been involved in initial Securities and Exchange Commission registrations, as well as ongoing SEC reporting and compliance issues. He also performs audits under International Financial Reporting Standards, and performs Peer Reviews of other accounting firms. Additionally, John serves as an instructor for a variety of continuing professional education seminars and is currently the head of the Firm’s Task Force on the new Lease Accounting Standard.

Prior to joining Marcum, John was a Senior Manager at a large regional accounting firm in New England where he served as a member of the Assurance Service Committee, led the Firm’s Internal Inspection program, and trained staff on various audit and accounting topics.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Treasurer, Meridian Academy
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)
  • Real Estate Finance Association (REFA)

Articles, Seminars & Presentations

  • Going Public: The Ins and Outs for REITs, NAIOP’s Development Magazine, Winter 2015/2016
Practice Focus

SEC Reporting
New Lease Accounting Standard
Real Estate
Nonprofit Accounting
Reviews and Compilations
International Financial Reporting
Standards (IFRS)
Peer Reviews
Agreed-Upon Procedures

Industry Focus

Real Estate Developers, Managers & Owners
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Public Companies
Private Schools and Foundations


Master of Business Administration
Boston College

Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Bachelor of Arts, Communications
Syracuse University