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Brett Merkel Kalispell

14 3rd Street East
Kalispell, MT 59901



Email: brett.merkel@wipfli.com

Brett Merkel, CPA, CFE

Senior Consultant

Brett Merkel is a senior accountant with Wipfli. He has over 20 years of public accounting experience. He currently focuses on investigating suspected fraud, providing expert advice and guidance to clients, and potentially reducing fraud by improving internal controls and decreasing fraud risks. Previously, Brett worked as a Controller for Montana's largest credit union. In that position, he was responsible for management of the general ledger, the month and year-end closing process, risk management functions, and the preparation of annual financial statements. 

Before that, Brett worked for twelve years at a large Audit and Advisory firm performing audits, which also included SEC filers. In addition to his expertise in the finance and auditing field, Brett has vast experience in performing accounting services for our Casino and Tribal Government clients which includes audit preparation services.


  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Fraud Examiner

Professional memberships and activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)


Assurance services Business consulting services

Areas of Focus

  • Forensic investigations
  • Internal control examination
  • Tribal governments
  • Tribal casinos
  • Audit preparation


Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting