Andersen leaves Burr Pilger for Hemming Morse

SANTA ROSA -- After growing his accounting firm -- now the North Bay office of Burr Pilger Mayer -- into one of the largest and most well-known in the region, Jim Andersen has stepped away from his management role and joined a new firm that will allow him to focus on his practice in forensic accounting, succession planning and other specialized fields.

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With plans to divide his time between a new Santa Rosa office and the firm's headquarters in San Francisco, Mr. Andersen, 64, began his role as partner at Hemming Morse, LLP, on Nov. 1.The firm has a national reputation as a consultant for legal cases requiring forensic accounting expertise, an area where Mr. Andersen established himself as an early pioneer in the North Bay.

"My vision is -- this is opening me up to a national profile, for the ability to do bigger assignments," said Mr. Andersen.

Joining Hemming Morse was the next step in a deliberate strategy for Mr. Andersen, a recognized expert in succession planning who merged his firm, Andersen & Company, with San Francisco-based BPM in 2009. The merger allowed employees of the former Andersen & Co. to continue with a new full-service firm, and for Mr. Andersen to gradually wind down his day-to-day duties as a manager.

Today, the North Bay office for BPM is the second-largest accounting office in the region, with 25 accountants and a total of 50 employees on staff. BPM has more than 500 employees across its six offices.

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"Like all great visionaries, Jim had his succession plan in mind all along," said Carol O'Hara, managing partner of BPM's North Bay region. She noted Mr. Andersen's past and enduring relationship with the firm, and that "Jim's legacy will be forever tied to BPM's North Bay office -- for the team of professionals he built, and the deep client and referral relationships that we are absolutely privileged to serve."

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