Partners, principals and associates

Robert Cottingham Madison

2501 West Beltline Highway
Madison, WI 53713




Robert Cottingham, CPA

Partner - National Geographic Market Leader

Bob Cottingham is the firm’s National Geographic Market Leader, tax partner in Wipfli’s Madison office, and serves on Wipfli’s Firm Compensation and Firm Partner promotion committees.

As National Geographic Market Leader, Bob is responsible for the overall financial results of Wipfli’s markets, new client development, client retention, partner and associate development and community engagement.  He leverages his experience as the former Madison Geographic Market Leader to bring unique insights to firm leaders.  In his client service role, Bob leverages more than 29 years of experience to help closely held companies and individuals manage their tax planning and compliance needs.


  • Certified Public Accountant

Professional memberships and activities

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) - Member
  •  Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) - Member
  •  Leadership Greater Madison-12
  • Member Madison Club - Board member and Finance Committee Chair
  • United Way of Dane County Foundation - Board
  • Downtown Madison, Inc. - Board member
  • WICPA Federal Taxation Committee - Past chairman
  • Madison West Lions Club - Past President and Past Treasurer
  • Madison Ballet - Past Board president and past treasurer
  • UW-Madison Accounting Department - Past Advisory board member
  • UW-Madison Family Business Center - Past Advisory board member



Areas of Focus

Corporate, partnership, and individual tax planning and compliance

  • Business acquisitions, mergers, sales, and liquidations
  • International tax compliance and consulting
  • Tax planning for manufacturing and distribution companies
  • Tax planning for real estate developers and contractors
  • Succession planning for closely held companies


University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of business administration degree in accounting