Recent J.S. Held News

J.S. Held Acquires Meridian Consulting Group to Expand Surety Practice

Jericho, NY – March 18, 2017 – J.S. Held, a leading global multi-disciplinary consulting firm, today announced the acquisition of Meridian Consulting Group LLC. It is the company’s sixth acquisition in the last two years. Meridian provides construction consulting and management services as well as claims resolution and litigation support to the surety industry. 

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J.S. Held Announced as Sponsor for the 2017 CLM Annual Conference

The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) is pleased to announce J.S. Held as sponsor for the 2017 CLM Annual Conference. CLM will host 2,000 claims professionals and outside counsel in Nashville on March 29-31, 2017, during the largest insurance claims conference in the country. In addition to the plentiful networking opportunities there will be three days of powerful programs tailored to the contemporary needs of claims and litigation management professionals and defense attorneys serving the insurance industry. 

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​Jeff Anderson, Licensed Architect, Joins J.S. Held Colorado Office

Jeffrey Anderson, licensed architect, has joined the J.S. Held Denver, Colorado office. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Jeff specializes in the forensic evaluation of existing buildings to analyze moisture intrusion, weather-related damage, water loss/freeze failures, construction defects, or other forms of post-construction distress. His expertise is focused on insurance claim analysis, construction defect litigation, and direct engagement by the property owner to evaluate distress. Our Denver location serves the Mountain Region and portions of the Midwest, quickly accommodating project needs in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah. 

J.S. Held Expands Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) Division

We are pleased to announce that J.S. Held has expanded the Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP) services division with the addition of two specialists, Directors Paul Christoferson and Troy Bradley. 

The MEP Division has extensive, practical experience in designing, installing, and repairing these complex systems in any residential, commercial or commercial application. Please click here for the complete press release.

J.S. Held Expands into Commercial Equipment Consulting with Acquisition of CEIPS LLC

December 6, 2016 - J.S. Held today announced the acquisition of CEIPS LLC. CEIPS is a premier commercial equipment assessment consulting firm, specializing in providing accurate and realistic pricing on commercial equipment losses for the insurance industry.  The company will operate as “CEIPS, a J.S. Held Company.” Jerry Hammar, President of the firm, joins J.S. Held as Vice President. CEIPS executive Cathy Sarrocco also joins J.S. Held continuing her leadership role as Assistant Vice President.  Please click here for press release. 

J.S. Held Opens Kansas City Office & Welcomes Mark Hartmann

J.S. Held is delighted to welcome Mark Hartmann as Assistant Vice President as we expand our offerings across the Midwest.  Mark will be managing our operations out of the newly opened Kansas City office and he and his team will provide consulting services to our customers in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Northern Oklahoma, and the Dakotas.  Mark brings with him more than 15 years of construction and restoration experience including property loss damage assessments, cost estimating, project management, roofing damage, and construction defect matters. With his extensive expertise in commercial and industrial roofs, Mark will also be a valuable asset to the J.S. Held roofing team.

Is the sky the limit for skyscrapers?

Phillip Perry. "Is the sky the limit for skyscrapers?" Hiscox Global Insight. Issue 10. October 2016.

Jonathon Held, president and CEO of J.S. Held, weighs in on the amplification of risk in high-rise construction in the October issue of Hiscox Global Insight at http://www.hiscoxlondonmarket....

J.S. Held Expands Into Environmental Services With Acquisition of U.S. HELM

J.S. Held today announced the acquisition of U.S. Health and Environmental Liability Management, LLC (“U.S. HELM”).  Tracey Dodd, founder and principal of U.S. HELM, joins J.S. Held as Executive Vice President and National Director of Health and Environmental Services.  

U.S. HELM is a national leader in environmental risk assessment, corrective action, industrial hygiene, safety and environmental consulting.  The company will operate as the “Health and Environmental Services” business practice group of J.S. Held, which will provide rapid response onsite services, environmental risk management, insurance and litigation support, property analysis, vulnerability assessments, and other services that minimize corporate liability concerns.

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J.S. Held Acquires Lovett Silverman

J.S. Held Expands into Surety Services with Acquisition of Lovett Silverman

J.S. Held LLC, a leading, national, full service construction consulting firm, today announced the acquisition of Lovett Silverman Construction Consultants, Inc. John J. Lovett, President of the firm, joins J.S. Held as Senior Vice President and National Director of Surety Services.

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Acquisition of Wakelee Associates, LLC

Jericho, NY and Hackensack, NJ – January 4, 2016 – J.S. Held LLC, a leading national construction consulting firm providing specialized services to the insurance industry, today announced the acquisition of Wakelee Associates, LLC. Timothy Woods, Wakelee’s President joins J.S. Held as Executive Vice President.

“We are excited to welcome Tim and the entire Wakelee staff of energetic and knowledgeable professionals to our team,” said Jon Held, President and Chief Executive Officer of J.S. Held. “Joining forces with Wakelee allows us to deepen our bench in the Northeast in serving the needs of clients.”

J.S. Held Acquires Chroma Building Corp.

J.S. Held acquires Property Loss Division of Chroma Building Corp. Industry veteran Doug DePhillips joins management team . Please click here for more information.

The Lloyds Market Association

The Lloyds Market Association Master Class in Course of Construction and Delayed Start Up claims will be taught by Jonathon Held on March 16th from 9:30-11:30 at the Lloyds Building Old Library. For more information contact the Lloyds Market Association at

Windstorm Insurance Conference

Jonathon Held will be a panelist at the Windstorm Insurance Conference in New Orleans, LA speaking on the subject of the dramatic increase in hail damage claims over the recent years. Mr. Held’s co-panelists will be Steven J. Badger, Esq., Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason, LLP; Phillip N. Sanov, Esq., Merlin Law Group and Clay Morrison, Morrison & Morrison, Inc.

Building and Water Restoration Seminar - Atlanta, GA

Adrian Frank will be presenting our Building and Water Restoration Seminar at AmWINS offices in Atlanta, Georgia. Guests attending will represent the independent and company claims adjustment community; the insurance company underwriting community; the Managing General Agent (MGA) community as well as the insurance wholesale/retail brokerage and agency communities.

2015 JAN Bob Leiter joins J.S. Held in Detroit

Bob Leiter joins J.S. Held as a Director in the Detroit Michigan office as one of the most respected consultants on large and complex claims not only Detroit but the United States. Bob brings to J.S. Held over 50 years of insurance and construction industry experience from owning his own millwork company, project managing for a Detroit contractor and providing construction consulting on major losses throughout the United States. Additionally Bob is a certified appraiser and umpire as well as a court approved Civil Mediator.

Brent Easterwood Joins J.S. Held in Nashville

Brent Easterwood joins J.S. Held as a Director in Nashville after a lengthy and distinguished career in the insurance and construction estimating/consulting/management disciplines. Brent is among the most respected industry professionals in both the Greater Nashville and Southeastern United States regions. Brent has over 20 years of experience in the structural estimating, construction management and construction consulting disciplines.

IRMI Conference in Nashville Tennessee

Jonathon Held will be speaking on the subject of Builders Risk Claims at the Insurance Risk Management Institute’s annual meeting in Nashville, TN. Mr. Held’s Co-Panelists will be Mark Gadaire – Senior Vice President of ACE Underwriting and Mark Katz of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass.

John DiMenno Joins J.S. Held In Pittsburgh

John DiMenno joins J.S. Held as a Director in Pittsburgh after a lengthy career at G.S. Jones. John is among the most respected industry professionals working in the Western Pennsylvania area and surrounding states, and is familiar to many of our existing clients. John has vast experience in his career working on large complex commercial, industrial and residential building claims.

PLRB Scottsdale Arizona

Jonathon Held will be a panelist at the PLRB large loss conference in Scottsdale, AZ speaking on the subject of Builders Risk Claims. Mr. Held’s co-panelists will be Dan McLeod of Liberty International Underwriters, Mark Katz, Esq, of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass, and Michael Webster of Meaden & Moore.

St. John’s University Speaking Engagement

Jonathon Held will be part of an Insurance Industry seminar on the claims business at St. Johns University, Queens, NY.

Larissa Allen Joins J.S. Held

Larissa Allen joins J.S. Held as Director of Business Development. Larissa comes to J.S. Held after a distinguished career in the restoration and reconstruction industry serving in both regional and national business development positions with two nationally recognized companies. Larissa’s character, integrity and knowledge of the insurance claims industry and the relationships she has developed over the years in our industry were key components in our decision to strategically compliment and enhance our existing Business Development Practice.

J.S. Held Adds Office In Toronto - Welcomes Colin Young

We are pleased to announce the opening of our first office in Canada. J.S. Held ULP (Canada) will begin operations on July 14th, with Colin Young (Director) who joins J.S. Held with extensive experience in restoration, construction and consulting. Colin has had 14 years of experience working in construction, restoration and consulting with two well known construction and restoration organizations with global reach.

Lloyds Speaking Engagement - London, United Kingdom

Jonathon Held will be speaking on July 9th at Lloyds of London, UK. Mr. Held will be discussing the Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Appraisal Process.

J.S. Held responds to Texas Dust-storm Event

J.S. Held representatives respond to the unexpected and sudden dust-storm event in the Midland Texas area. We have responded to several hundred buildings requiring inspections for damages to roofs, siding and glazed assemblies. Our current assignments include residential complexes.

LEA Boston Massachusetts

Erik Jaeger and Lisa Enloe were invited to speak at the Loss Executive Association Conference in Boston MA. Ms. Enloe was part of a panel presentation on Builders Risk Claims and Mr. Jaeger was part of a panel on Code Upgrade claims.

PLRB Regional Seattle Washington

Jonathon Held spoke at the PLRB Regional meeting in Seattle Washington on the subject of the Appraisal Process.

J.S. Held responds to Reading PA Hailstorm

J.S. Held representatives respond to the unexpected and sudden hailstorm event in the Reading Pennsylvania area. We have responded to several hundred buildings requiring inspections for damages to roofs, siding and glazed assemblies. Our current assignments include healthcare, industrial complexes, mid-rise hotels and residential complexes.

J.S. Held responds to Southern California Wildfire Claims

J.S. Held representatives respond to the recent wildfire event in the California regional area. We have responded to a diverse type of buildings/structures which sustained both direct and indirect damages associated to the Wildfire event.

J.S. Held responds to Pensacola Florida Flooding

J.S. Held representatives responded to the devastating and sudden flooding event in the Gulf Coast areas of Florida. Rain began in Pensacola, Florida, and quickly 15+ inches of rain reportedly fell onto the city. The storm was accompanied by tornado warning across the gulf area and Pensacola. As a result of the flooding, a 10 mile stretch of I-10 leading West from Pensacola has been closed down. Parts of the highway are underwater and parts have been completely washed away. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 Florida counties across north Florida and the Panhandle region.

York Speaking Engagement; Philadelphia PA

Doug MacKinney, Erik Jaeger and Adrian Frank of J.S. Held participated in a speaking engagement and Q&A session at the York Risk Services Group annual meeting in Philadelphia PA.

Wichita, Kansas Tornado Damage

J.S. Held responds to Wichita, Kansas Tornado Damage – J.S. Held was called in to assist our clients with major losses resulting from the recent tornado that struck the area. One of the losses we are working on is estimated to be in the $600 to $700 million range.

Timothy Swift joins J.S. Held, Inc.

Tim Swift Joins J.S. Held - Tim Swift has joined J.S. Held effective April 1, 2012 as Director working out of the Baltimore/Washington, D.C region. Tim’s experience in the construction and restoration consulting industry further strengthens J.S. Held’s position in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and National Practices.

Jeromy Fielder joins J.S. Held, Inc.

Jeromy Fielder/Fielder Consulting Group join J.S. Held. Jeromy Fielder and his Company enables J.S. Held strategic expansion into existing markets in the U.S. while also providing leadership and growth in our Texas/Southwest Region.

Adrian Frank promoted to EVP

Adrian Frank promoted to Executive Vice President. Adrian Frank was promoted to Executive Vice President. Adrian has been instrumental in developing J.S. Held’s West Coast operation over the last three years.