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J.S. Held Announces Plans to Acquire Bracken Engineering

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February 23, 2018
Bracken Engineering Joins J.S. Held
Bracken Engineering Joins J.S. Held

J.S. Held expands into forensic architecture and engineering consulting with the acquisition of Bracken Engineering.


Jericho, NY – February 23, 2018 – J.S. Held, a leading multidisciplinary consulting firm, today announced that it will acquire Bracken Engineering, a Florida-based consulting company. As a prominent firm specializing in engineering and design sciences, forensics, and construction and disaster support, Bracken Engineering amplifies J.S. Held’s current, extensive portfolio of consulting services.

The acquisition will benefit clients as they have access to property damage consulting, surety services, construction claims consulting, project and program management, equipment consulting, environmental, health and safety services, and engineering services.

Bracken Engineering’s four offices and personnel will transition to the J.S. Held brand. William C. Bracken, PE, founder and CEO of Bracken Engineering, will join J.S. Held as Executive Vice President, National Director of Engineering. In this role, he will continue to lead the engineering consultant team as they address construction defects, property claims, and code, public safety, cost, and risk management issues. David L. Compton, the current President of Bracken Engineering, will join J.S. Held as Senior Vice President, Regional Manager. Robin Davies, Executive Vice President of Bracken will join as Vice President and Forensics Practice Leader.

“We are excited to add Bracken Engineering’s seasoned pool of talent to our already outstanding team of professionals and specialists,” said Jon Held, President and Chief Executive Officer of J.S. Held. “The purchase of Bracken Engineering further strengthens our portfolio of professional consulting services for the insurance, legal, and construction industries. Both brands are aligned in their mission to provide unparalleled technical expertise and client service to their clients.”

Through a growing team of experts, national distribution of offices, and superior technology and processes, J.S. Held continues to exceed client expectations as they bolster their network of professional consulting experts throughout the United States. The acquisition of Bracken Engineering will add approximately 30 licensed and certified specialists.

“With the combined expertise and reach of J.S. Held and Bracken Engineering, our clients will have a comprehensive solution for a variety of complex construction and engineering matters,” said William Bracken. “This partnership is a natural extension of our mission, to be a dependable partner to our customers and a source of excellence to our profession.”

J.S. Held continues its strong growth trajectory, with this being its 11th acquisition following a 2015 investment from Lovell Minnick Partners, a private equity firm specializing in investing in financial and related business services companies. Previous acquisitions include Antonucci Consulting Corp., Donohue Consulting, Leighton Associates, Meridian Consulting, CEIPS, U.S. HELM, Lovett Silverman Construction Consultants, Inc., the Property Loss Division of Chroma Building Corp., and Wakelee Associates.

Since 1974, J.S. Held has added the capabilities of specialized consulting businesses to better address complex construction and environmental matters globally. J.S. Held now has over 45 offices across the U.S. and Canada.

About J.S. Held LLC

J.S. Held is a leading consulting firm specializing in construction consulting and environmental, health and safety services. J.S. Held consultants have provided their expertise on the most complex construction and environmental matters around the globe. The company serves its clients from over 45 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information regarding J.S. Held, please visit

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