Clifford S. Gelber, CPA


Cliff S. Gelber graduated from the University of Hartford in 1977 with a degree in Business Administration; he became a Certified Public Accountant in 1982. As a young accountant just starting out, Cliff joined Bernard Tauger, CPA, a respected firm specializing in tax and accounting services to the garment industry and their manufacturers. He then worked at Gardner, Waschler, Goldman and Adelman until he was recruited to the Miami-based Spear Safer Harmon and Co. (SSH). At SSH, Cliff lectured to medical providers and managers during the Medicare Reform of the 1990s. He was a featured contributor to Citibank’s popular publication “What’s up Doc,” and his reputation as an advisor to medical professionals continued to grow. Cliff left SSH to work for a medical billing company that was gaining market share through mergers and acquisitions and was chosen to lead the M&A financial team. He continued his focus on the healthcare industry when he joined Gelber Appel & Co in the early 1990s.

In 1996, after the medical software completed its acquisitions, Cliff founded Steiner & Gelber PA.  The firm quickly became a boutique firm providing high technical services with an emphasis on client service.  In 2008, an office in Boca Raton was opened under Cliff’s direction.  The Boca Raton office expanded rapidly as a result of the client service culture and the recognition by the community of it.  The rapid expansion into Boca Raton provided the impetus for Cliff’s move to Gerson Preston.

For nearly 30 years, Cliff has been serving clients in the areas of income, estate, trust tax compliance, accounting, consulting, mergers and acquisitions, as well as comprehensive strategic planning. He is experienced in industries including wholesale distribution, manufacturing, healthcare and professional associations, and is especially proficient in servicing the complex accounting needs of high net worth individuals and owners of closely held businesses. Cliff is particularly adept at helping businesses develop succession planning that minimizes income and transfer taxes.

Community Service

Jewish Community Foundation, Trustee

Jewish Community Foundation, Professional Advisory Committee Member

Greater Boca Raton Estate Planning Council, Member

Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council, Member