James W (Jim) Thomas

Partner, Government Contracts Lead, US

Expert Information
Qualifications BS Accounting
Professional Memberships AICPA, ABA
Contract Experience Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Intelligence Agencies, Federal Supply Schedule and CARES Act
Industries Aerospace and Defence, Marine and Shipping, Production and Manufacturing
Regional Experience Americas, Europe, Middle East
Expert Highlights
  • Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
  • Acted as expert in disputed matters with values in excess of $100 million.
  • Specialises in aerospace and defense.
  • Delivers training regarding government contracting.
  • Wide ranging damage quantification expertise.
  • Specialist in False Claims Act damages.

James W Thomas (Jim) is a forensic accountant with 35 years of experience providing consulting and dispute resolution services to government contractors. He has been retained as an expert on more than 50 occasions.

Jim has testified as an expert in proceedings before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, General Services Board of Contract Appeals, District Court and in arbitration.  He has served as a neutral accountant in purchase price disputes involving government contract accounting issues.

In addition to his expertise in aerospace and defense, Jim serves many industries including technology, engineering and professional services, industrial products, construction, retail products and healthcare. Prior to joining HKA, he was a forensic services partner specializing in government contracts with PwC.

Jim specializes in cost and pricing matters including government audit issues, False Claims Act damages, defective pricing, labor charging, Cost Accounting Standards, cost allowability, record keeping requirements, Federal Supply Schedule contracts, claims, requests for equitable adjustment, terminations and prime/subcontractor disputes.

He earned his BS in accounting from Penn State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and associate member of the American Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has published many articles on government contract cost and pricing matters.

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