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James B. French

Managing Director


James French has more than 40 years of experience in construction management, project and program management, contracting, and firm operations. His experience includes providing consulting services in all areas of proactive construction management and dispute resolution, including expert testimony. He has testified as an expert witness at facilitation, arbitration, and litigation, and has served as an arbitrator as a member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals.

Mr. French is knowledgeable in the construction of facilities and systems for industrial building, process work, power generation and distribution, healthcare facilities, commercial buildings, communications, mining and metals, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, water treatment, transportation, hospitality, and the public sector.

Mr. French’s professional experience includes:

  • Managed overall project evaluation and analysis, project delay and impact, analysis of resources and productivity, quantification of damages, and forward scheduling for major capital projects
  • Developed project management systems and schedules, advising clients on resolving construction disputes and providing project document review
  • Managed firm operations as president and owner for his consulting firm, including preparation of sales and marketing plans, implementation of strategic sales and marketing, and establishing and maintaining customer relationships
  • Assisted clients with the development and analysis of value assurance programs
  • Provided estimation services, oversaw project management and field operations, and prepared and managed all phases of claims
  • Negotiated settlements, served on advisory boards, and managed sales and marketing efforts as executive vice president
  • Maintained bonding company relationships, financial relations, and financial relationship while developing a corporate growth strategy as president and owner of an electrical contracting company
  • Prepared estimates and performed all aspects of project management related to construction projects


Baker College
A.D., Applied Sciences, 2000

Electrical Industry Apprenticeship
Journeyman Electrician License, 1975

Wayne State University
Liberal Arts classes, 1966

Employment History

Navigant Consulting
2005 - 2010

A.W. Hutchison & Associates, LLC
Vice president
2004 - 2005

J.B. French Consulting, Inc.
President /owner
1997 - 2004

The F.J. O'Toole Company - Electrical Contractors
Executive vice president
1990 - 1997

French Electric Incorporated
1974 - 1990



Man of the Year
National Electrical Contractors Association, 1988

Electrical Industry Award - Outstanding Service
National Electrical Contractors Association, 1988

Documentary - A City on Fire (Detroit Riots)
Peabody Award

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

News & Commentary


Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Project Management Institute

Construction Association of Michigan


American Arbitration Association
Neutrals Roster