James Bucknam is Executive Vice President for Risk Management and Compliance, and a member of the Executive Committee of Kroll. In addition to his responsibilities as a corporate officer, Jim oversees major client engagements, including some of the firm’s highest profile investigative and monitoring assignments.
Jim joined Kroll in 1997 as a Managing Director in the New York office. From 1999 through 2001, he served as Regional Managing Director in charge of the firm’s Northeast Region. He was appointed as a corporate officer in December 2002 and was promoted to his current position in January 2005.
From 1993 through 1996, Jim served as Senior Advisor to former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh. In that capacity, he advised Director Freeh on numerous matters, involving domestic and foreign law enforcement officials and government leaders. These matters included creating the Economic Espionage Act, as well as negotiating bilateral and multilateral efforts to combat international crime. Jim traveled extensively overseas with and on behalf of Director Freeh and helped shape the FBI‘s efforts to enhance its foreign law enforcement presence.
On behalf of Director Freeh and Attorney General Janet Reno, he coordinated a wide range of law enforcement policy issues involving the investigative agencies of the Justice Department and the Treasury Department, forging historic agreements among them. In 1994, he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for coordinating multi-agency efforts in support of the Attorney General’s Anti-Violent Crime Initiative.
From 1987 to 1993, Jim was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. There, he gained broad experience in federal criminal investigations, trials, and appeals. In one major prosecution, he led a racketeering case to remove organized crime influences from the mason tenders union. For 18 months, he also served as Chief of the Narcotics Unit. In that role, he supervised the investigative and prosecutorial efforts of 15 to 20 Assistant United States Attorneys responsible for prosecuting international drug cartels and violent drug gangs.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jim served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lloyd F. MacMahon, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.
In 1986, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary. In 1983, he received a B.S.F.S. degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he majored in International Relations.