Maximize Your Profits, Minimize Your Taxes

Baton Rouge, LA


About Michael R. Choate & Company. CPAs

Firm Overview

With over 25 years of public accounting experience, our goal is to create ideas and innovate strategies to maximize your profits and net worth as well as minimize your income taxes. Our clients receive timely and quality accounting services at a reasonable cost. Our practice serves the greater Baton Rouge area as well as the North Shore in Mandeville. Whether you need help with basic accounting, income taxes, debt financing, business sales and acquisitions or investment and retirement planning, our friendly, professional team is ready for action.

Staff Biographies

Michael Choate, CPA, MBA

In 1980 Michael obtained his accounting degree from LSU, and in 1989 received his Masters in Business Administration also from LSU. In 1981 Michael passed all four parts of the CPA exam; a feat achieved by only 10% of US candidates. Michael was named one of Baton Rouge's top "40 Under 40" (40 in = 1.02 m) by the Baton Rouge Business Report in 1995. Michael is licensed with the State of Louisiana to sell life and health insurance. His professional organizations include the Louisiana Society of CPAs, the AICPA, the Institution of Management Accountants (former president of Baton Rouge Chapter), the Baton Rouge and St. Tammany West Chambers of Commerce, the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau and the EBR Lions Club (President). Michael was born in New Orleans and has lived in Baton Rouge for over 40 years. His hobbies include LSU sports, golf, travel, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife Laura, a Licensed Professional Counselor and faculty member at LSU, are members of the Chapel on the Campus. Michael and Laura have a son, Benjamin, and a daughter, Abigail.

Emilee Wright

CPA, Tax Senior

With 6 years of experience at a South Carolina CPA firm, Emilee joined our firm in August of 2008. She is responsible for preparing business and individual tax returns as well as supervising the small business accounting department. Emilee attended Rhodes college in Memphis, TN before graduating in accounting from Auburn University at Montgomery. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family.

Holly Sebastien

Small Business & Tax Accountant

Holly joined the firm in December 2008 after working as an accountant for a year with a Lafayette CPA firm. Holly also worked for over ten years as an assistant and general manager in a Lafayette gaming business. She is responsible for small business accounting, QuickBooks and income tax preparation for many of the firm’s clients.

Margaret Dedon

Office Administration

Margaret is a Baton Rouge native who joined us in 2003. With ten years of experience in office administration and bookkeeping, she is a valuable addition to our firm. Margaret is responsible for the efficient flow of information within our office. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family and taking trips to the beach.

Benjamin Michael Choate

Benjamin arrived on scene on June 23, 2003. He helps with employee morale and entertaining clients and friends of the firm. He is not responsible for any accounting or tax services at this time, but shows great future potential. Benjamin is projected to graduate from college in 2025.

When not craving Harry Potter books and movies, his favorite pastimes include laughing, reading, writing, karate, and exploring with his parents and grandparents. Benjamin's dedication service was held at the Chapel on the Campus.

Abigail Lauren Choate

Abigail arrived on the scene June 6, 2005. Her best talent is flashing those big, baby blue eyes at clients and friends.

Although she does not currently handle any client accounts, she shows outstanding potential for future growth. Abigail is expected to graduate from college in 2027.

Like most new employees, her favorite pastimes include staring into space, eating and playing with personal toys.