Laura Simmons has more than twenty-five years of experience in economic consulting across a variety of complex litigation matters. Dr. Simmons has focused on damages and liability issues in securities class actions, as well as litigation involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). She has also managed cases involving financial accounting, valuation, and corporate governance issues.
Dr. Simmons assists clients with all phases of litigation and has experience across civil, criminal, and regulatory matters. She has served as a testifying expert in cases involving accounting analyses, securities case damages, ERISA issues, and research on securities lawsuits.
Dr. Simmons developed Cornerstone Research’s initiatives on securities case settlements and related settlements benchmarking models. Her research on pre– and post–Reform Act securities litigation settlements has been published in a number of reports and is frequently cited in the public press and legal journals. She has also published in academic journals, with recent research focusing on the intersection of accounting and litigation. Dr. Simmons speaks at professional and specialist conferences and has appeared on CNBC to discuss the topic of securities case settlements.
Dr. Simmons was an accounting faculty member at the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary from 2008 through 2011. A certified public accountant (CPA), she began her career at Price Waterhouse.
Accounting Class Action Filings and Settlements—2022 Review and Analysis
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Number of Securities Class Action Settlements Reaches Highest Level in 15 Years
Securities Class Action Settlements–2022 Review and Analysis
Accounting Cases Involving SPACs
Accounting-Related Allegations in Securities Class Actions Decreased Sharply in 2021
Accounting Class Action Filings and Settlements—2021 Review and Analysis
Number of Securities Class Action Settlements Reaches 10-Year High