The American Institute of CPAs has promoted assistant general counsel Michael J. Buddendeck to the job of general counsel and secretary.

He will be succeeding Richard I. Miller, who announced his retirement last week (see AICPA’s Miller to Retire). Miller is set to retire at the end of July.

In his new position Buddendeck will be responsible for providing legal counsel on all AICPA-related professional and corporate issues.

“Over the past four years, Mike has contributed sound legal guidance and I know he will hit the ground running,” said AICPA president and CEO Barry Melancon in a statement. “As Rich’s successor, he will provide continuity in the role of general counsel. I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Buddendeck has held the post of assistant general counsel of the AICPA since 2007. He has played a critical role in numerous AICPA corporate and operational matters, including the negotiation of the amended Computer-Based Testing agreement for the CPA Exam. Buddendeck recently completed a stint with KPMG’s Office of General Counsel, where he assisted on legal issues that arise in public accounting. 

He began his career in private practice in Washington, D.C. as an attorney at the law firm Morgan Lewis. He also practiced at the law firm Greenberg Traurig before serving as assistant general counsel for a Georgia-based transportation and distribution company.

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