Cole Harris
Tax Associate

Personal Formation and Forte

Cole graduated Cum Laude from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He continued his education at The University of Tennessee to earn his Master of Accountancy degree with a concentration in Taxation. While at school, Cole served as the Finance Chair of his fraternity for two years. Cole got a head start on his career with Burkhart & Company with a summer internship during college. As a Knoxville native and lifetime Vol fan, it was an easy decision for Cole to plant roots in the community that has helped shape him.

Cole is a quick learner and an avid problem solver. He maintains a strong work ethic and is detailed oriented. He works well in teams and can delegate effectively when tasked to lead. Cole has a bright, outgoing personality with a natural charisma for connecting with people and building relationships.

Turning Points


  • Identifying his competitive nature through sports and realizing the grit and ambition required to succeed in a competitive business environment.
  • Finding a life partner in high school with aligned goals and values who always pushes him to be the best version of himself and marrying her six years later.
  • Traveling to Africa on a mission trip and discovering his passion for helping others and having a positive impact on his community.


Practice Emphasis

As a member of the professional team, Cole’s areas of focus include:


  • Tax compliance and planning for businesses, family partnerships, trusts and individuals,
  • Family office services and financial planning, and
  • Accounting and financial reporting.


Broader Interests

Cole most enjoys time spent playing music. As a guitar player since the age of 12, he has learned that your best work is produced when you are doing what you love. He prioritizes time with his wife and friends, and he prides himself on his ability to maintain relationships with many people, no matter the distance. Cole frequently takes group snowboarding expeditions to the Colorado Rockies, and he enjoys exercise and days on the lake. Travel has been a focal point for Cole over the years, and he has spent time backpacking across Europe and Africa.