Kristel Espinosa, CPA


Known as an ally for her clients, Kristel simplifies complicated tax situations and provides clear financial direction.

Kristel began setting the curve in college, graduating at the top of her class, and has continued this trend in her public accounting career through meticulous research and extreme problem-solving for companies and individuals. Her robust technical acumen provides rapid answers and uncommon solutions.

Areas of Expertise

Kristel is a partner who serves as a key contact for tax issues and reporting. She has 10 plus years of experience in accounting and taxation and has experience in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, wholesale & distribution, real estate, and other specialty engagements such as cost segregation and research & development credit studies.

In our Irvine office, Kristel champions our firm’s women’s initiative program known as WomenLead. This program provides a platform for women at JLK Rosenberger to collaborate and participate in networking and various projects and events within the firm and with women leaders in our community. She is a daily mentor to employees in our firm, and actively supports, sponsors and guides the careers of women as they progress through their careers, particularly at pivotal decision points.


More About Kristel

Kristel spent 3 years working as a Senior accountant for non-public schools that provide special education services.

Kristel received a Master of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino, also graduating Summa Cum Laude.


Futbal or football? 

Coke or Pepsi? 
“Coke. You haven’t had a real Coke until you’ve had it in Europe. It’s got the perfect amount of sweetness, and it tastes more like a dessert than a beverage!”

Chocolate or vanilla? 
“Both! I love chocolate vanilla swirls because it reminds me of some of my favorite times at the beach with my hubby and daughter.”

Favorite school supply 
“Anything Hello Kitty (at least when I was a young staff). I still remember my first day at JLKR. I walked in and saw Hello Kitty pens, pencils, erasers, and notepads sitting on my desk. It was a gift from Tim, and it was the partners’ way of saying welcome.”

Your claim to fame?
“I graduated Summa Cum Laude at CSU San Bernardino and was ranked #1 out of 2,701 students in the School of Business.”