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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 – Global consulting firm J.S. Held 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 consultants around the globe and strengthen the firm’s ability to provide local resources throughout the United States. By joining forces with J.S. Held, Benchmark gains access to additional resources and experts to provide clients with an expanded suite of technical and scientific, financial, and strategic consulting 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.”

About J.S. Held

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm that combines technical, scientific, financial, and strategic expertise to advise clients seeking to realize value and mitigate risk. Our professionals serve as trusted advisors to organizations facing high stakes matters demanding urgent attention, staunch integrity, proven experience, clear-cut analysis, and an understanding of both tangible and intangible assets.

The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services, products, and data that enable clients to navigate complex, contentious, and often catastrophic situations.

J.S. Held, its affiliates and subsidiaries are not certified public accounting firm(s) and do not provide audit, attest, or any other public accounting services. J.S. Held is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Securities offered through PM Securities, LLC, d/b/a Phoenix IB, a part of J.S. Held, member FINRA/ SIPC or Ocean Tomo Investment Group, LLC, a part of J.S. Held, member FINRA/ SIPC. All rights reserved.
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