Jim is the President of James E. Bucrek LLC, and an Affiliate of Sierra Forensic Group (SFG). He has over 40 years of private sector and consulting experience in government contracting with a diversified background in estimating, pricing, cost accounting, billing, contracting and compliance.
In his current role Jim is focusing on assisting law firms and industry clients with federal government bid protests, and litigation consulting and expert witness testimony related to federal and commercial cost claims. He also has extensive practical experience in assisting industry clients with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance.
Jim has credible and successful experience as an expert witness for cost matters as he has testified at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France regarding a $30 million cost claim. He recently testified in an arbitration hearing in a prime/subcontractor dispute involving a multiyear federal government contract. He has also testified before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) in an ADR session relating to a $3.5 million contract cost claim and a Mini-Trial involving defective pricing litigation. Jim has authored a number of affirmative and rebuttal expert reports in a litigation consultant role. While employed as a consultant, he provided the expert government contracts support to the fraud investigation teams assisting two major advertising agencies in addressing criminal and civil false claims brought by the U.S. Government.
Jim spent the first 22 years of his career working in the aerospace and defense and environmental services industries. After holding progressively responsible contract and program management positions at 4 aerospace companies, he served as the Corporate Vice President of Government Administration for a $500 million environmental services firm. His responsibilities included executive oversight and management of all estimating, accounting, billing, contract administration, and regulatory compliance activities for the company’s $2 billion dollar U.S. Government business backlog.
Jim founded the Midwest Region Government Contracts Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in November 1996 and retired from PwC in June 2014, most recently serving as a Forensic Services Partner based in the Chicago office. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Aquinas College and a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing Management from Western Michigan University. He is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association.