Laura E. Simmons

Senior Advisor


  • Washington


Laura Simmons is a certified public accountant (CPA) and has more than twenty-five years of experience in accounting practice and economic and financial consulting. She has focused on damages and liability issues in litigation involving securities and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, as well as on accounting issues arising in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. She has served as a testifying expert in cases involving accounting analyses, securities case damages, and research on securities lawsuits.

Dr. Simmons’s 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 spoken at various conferences and appeared as a guest on CNBC addressing the topic of securities case settlements. She has also published in academic journals, with recent research focusing on the intersection of accounting and litigation.

Dr. Simmons was an accounting faculty member at the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary from 2008 through 2011. Prior to her work in academia, she spent more than ten years as a consultant at Cornerstone Research, most recently as a principal. Dr. Simmons developed the firm’s research on securities case settlements and the related settlements prediction model. She was also an accountant with Price Waterhouse for approximately five years.


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Accounting Class Action Filings and Settlements

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Accounting Class Action Filings and Settlements—2020 Review and Analysis


Securities Class Action Settlements

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Securities Class Action Settlements Stay on Pace Despite Pandemic


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Podcasts and Videos

Cornerstone Research Connects: 2019 Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Activity

  • “Spotlight on Accounting Fraud: The SEC’s Renewed Focus and Implications for Private Securities Litigation,” Bloomberg BNA, 2015
  • “The Tenth Anniversary of SOX: Its Impact and Implications for Future Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Actions,” Bloomberg BNA, July 2012
  • “What Makes Securities Class Actions with Accounting Allegations Different?,” Professional Liability Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2011
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 3 August 2021
  • “Introduction to Securities Class Action Litigation,” American Bar Association, 14 January 2021