Elliott Davis has expanded its footprint in North Carolina with the addition of Lunsford & Strickland, PA.

The shareholders of each firm have voted to combine their firms effective July 1, 2013. The combination will establish a Raleigh office for Elliott Davis.

“We have served Triangle-based clients for years; therefore, Raleigh is a strategic opportunity and prime location for us,” Elliott Davis managing shareholder Rick Davis said in a statement. “By joining forces with Lunsford & Strickland, Elliott Davis will add top caliber talent who will help us seed and grow an even more significant local presence in the near term.”

Lunsford & Strickland, which was established in 1989, provides assurance, tax, business valuation and litigation support services to businesses throughout the Carolinas. The firm serves diverse clients in industries such as biotech, life sciences, software, healthcare, not-for-profits, closely-held businesses, real estate as well as retail and hospitality.

The merger will give Elliott Davis a total of 450 people in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and Greenwood, S.C.; Augusta, Ga.; and Richmond, Va.