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J.S. Held LLC Expands Surety Practice with Acquisition of Benchmark Consulting Services LLC

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November 4, 2019
Benchmark Joins J.S. Held
Benchmark Joins J.S. Held

Through this partnership, our firm will gain additional resources and construction experts throughout the Western United States.


JERICHO, N.Y. – November 4, 2019 – J.S. Held, a global consulting firm, announced today that it has acquired Benchmark Consulting Services, LLC (Benchmark). Benchmark provides expertise on construction matters throughout the Western United States. The firm is recognized as a trusted partner in areas of contract surety, construction defect litigation, construction monitoring and disbursement control, construction claims, and construction litigation support.

Founded in 2000, Benchmark has assisted numerous sureties throughout the United States in analyzing risk and limiting exposure. The team has a unique combination of construction industry expertise and legal experience that includes pre-bonding contractor analysis, early exposure analysis, post-default investigations, payment bond claim review, risk management/project support, litigation support, and mediation.

“With the addition of Benchmark’s experts and expertise, we have strengthened our ability to assist clients in minimizing financial risk on construction projects, especially for those on the West Coast,” said John Lovett, Executive Vice President - Surety Practice for J.S. Held. “This partnership supplements our world-class team of engineers, architects, delay and disruption analysts, contract administrators, estimators, and construction professionals who support sureties and their counsel.”

With a presence in California, Nevada, and Arizona, Benchmark will join the J.S. Held team of over 800 consultants around the globe and strengthen the firm’s ability to provide local resources throughout the United States. Existing Benchmark clients will now have access to J.S. Held’s suite of specialized services including forensic accounting & economics; construction estimating; project and program management; construction scheduling and planning; forensic architecture and engineering; and environmental, health, and safety services.

“For more than 19 years, our firm has supported clients on construction-related claims and disputes,” said Mike Tomeo, Partner at Benchmark Consulting Services. “By joining J.S. Held, we are gaining additional resources and expertise that will bring substantial benefit to our clients.”

J.S. Held was founded in 1974 and provides specialized consulting to better address complex construction, environmental, accounting, and economic matters globally. J.S. Held now has over 95 offices across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

About J.S. Held LLC

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm with expertise in construction, environmental health & safety, forensic accounting & economics, water & fire restoration, equipment, and forensic architecture & engineering matters.

J.S. Held brings together years of unrivaled technical expertise and unparalleled service to deliver reliable, comprehensive solutions to its clients. J.S. Held is renowned for recruiting and cultivating distinguished experts and being a trusted partner on the world’s most complex construction, environmental, accounting, and economic matters.

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