James R. Bucknam is of counsel in the White Collar Litigation and Investigations Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. He also is chief executive officer of Freeh Group International Solutions.
Prior to joining Freeh Group International Solutions, Mr. Bucknam was the executive vice president for Risk Management and Compliance at Kroll. During his 13 years with Kroll, he held a variety of other management and executive management positions and was also responsible for managing large-scale client assignments, including due diligence engagements, internal investigations and monitorships.
Before joining Kroll, Mr. Bucknam served for more than three years as the senior advisor to FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, advising him on numerous matters involving domestic and foreign law enforcement officials and government leaders. During that time, Mr. Bucknam traveled extensively overseas and helped shape the FBI’s efforts to enhance its foreign law enforcement presence. 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.
Prior to working for Director Freeh, Mr. Bucknam served for six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he gained broad experience in federal criminal investigations, trials and appeals. For more than two of those years, he served as a supervisor, responsible for managing the Assistant U.S. Attorneys assigned to the Narcotics Unit.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Bucknam clerked for the Honorable Lloyd F. MacMahon, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.