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Our Firm

Over 45 Years of Tradition

At John R. Waters & Company, we believe that personal attention, trust, respect and quality service are essential for helping families and privately held businesses succeed. For more than 45 years, we’ve provided personalized accounting, and related services to our clients, developing relationships with many of them that span generations.

Our founder, John R. Waters, started the company in 1971 after spending more than two decades in public accounting. He believed that a small firm could provide the customized service his clients needed most, and many of the clients that came with John when we opened our doors remain with us today. Managing Partner James Murphy now carries on John’s original mission by upholding the firm’s values in everything we do.

Our Guiding Principles


Respect between our company and our clients is first and foremost. We care about our clients and their needs.


Strong relationships with our clients allow us to work together for the benefit of both. These relationships grow through the years, creating long-lasting bonds.


We promise to deliver excellence and to exceed client expectations.


By being transparent and honest, our clients can rest assured we have their best interests at heart.

Contact Us

John R. Waters & Company

225 West Washington St., Suite 1120
Chicago, IL 60606
P: 312.554.3400
F: 312.554.3401

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