HKA adds Claims Consulting Team to Seattle Office

HKA, the leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness, and litigation support services, has added a four-person team to its Seattle, Washington, office to expand its claims consulting group.

Jeffrey Lounsberry joins HKA as a Partner with more than 24 years of experience in economic and financial damages analysis related to construction claims, construction project audits, and commercial disputes. Jeff is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Construction Auditor (CCA) whose practice focuses largely on construction matters, including project audits of construction costs and cost analysis of construction claims.

He has analyzed various construction claims for lost labor productivity, delay and disruption, extended job site and home office overhead, and other types of claims. Jeff has advised clients as they progress through settlement negotiations and provided deposition, arbitration, and trial testimony. He has also presented and/or otherwise participated in numerous mediations.

Brett Swanson joins HKA as a Director with extensive experience performing contract cost audits and analyzing construction claims. He has audited numerous contractors’ costs on general contractor/construction manager (GC/CM) contracts with a guaranteed maximum price (GMP), GC/CM design-build contracts with a GMP, cost-reimbursable contracts, and firm fixed price (FFP) contracts, as well audits of requested changes.

As a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Construction Auditor (CCA), Brett understands construction contracts and their cost accumulation provisions to audit contractors’ costs. He has reviewed and analyzed labor, equipment, subcontractor, materials, and job site and home office overhead cost documentation, including job cost reports, invoices, timecards, change orders, bid documentation, and contractors’ financial statements.

Jon Maus is a Certified Construction Auditor (CCA) who joins HKA as a Manager with experience in contract auditing, forensic accounting, and business litigation consulting. His experience includes the auditing of construction contract billings and cost accumulations and the analysis of construction claims and commercial matters in dispute.

Jessica Gates joins HKA as a Senior Associate Consultant with experience assisting with claim analysis and contract audits on numerous engagements.

“We have known and worked with Jeff and his team for a long time, and they enjoy an excellent reputation in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region and beyond. As we continue to grow the resources of our construction claims group, the experience that Jeff, Brett, Jon and Jessica bring to our team will be especially valuable to our clients.”

Maged Abdelsayed, Partner, Construction, Claims and Expert Services Lead, Americas


HKA is the leading global consultancy in risk mitigation, dispute resolution, expert witness, and litigation support services.

HKA brings a proud record of excellent service and high achievement to bear on today’s challenges. As trusted independent consultants, experts, and advisors, we help clients manage disputes, risk, and uncertainty on complex contracts and challenging projects. Our advice is impartial, incisive, and authoritative.

We work with government agencies, local authorities, contractors, legal firms, and other professional service providers, as well as owners and operators, financial institutions, and insurers. HKA’s global portfolio includes some of the world’s largest and most prestigious commissions across a wide range of industries, including aerospace and defense, buildings, energy and natural resources, environment and climate change, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, industrial and manufacturing, marine and shipping, mining and metals, oil and gas, power and utilities, real estate and tourism, sports and entertainment, technology, media and telecoms, and transportation infrastructure.

HKA has in excess of 1,000 experts, consultants, and advisors across 45+ offices in 17 countries with the skills and experience that are essential to get to the heart of even the most complex issues. Our people have vast first-hand experience spanning all major industries and the world’s most complex megaprojects, as well as an international track record of achieving successful outcomes.

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