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Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law and Economics

NERA Economic Consulting established the Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law and Economics at Fordham Law School in memory of Fred Dunbar, PhD, a longtime firm member, and leading securities and finance expert. Dr. Dunbar passed away in February 2012.

Dr. Dunbar joined NERA in 1979 and founded the firm's Securities and Finance and Mass Torts and Product Liability Practices. He was widely regarded as a distinguished economist “who worked at the intersection of law and economics.” Throughout his career at NERA he was a sought-after expert witness whose testimony and use of econometrics—a form of mathematical and statistical analysis—significantly influenced claims estimation and litigation in court cases and arbitrations worldwide.

In September 2009, he was appointed an Economic Fellow in the Office of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Dr. Dunbar was part of the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation, supporting the Commission in enforcement and fraud detection.

Dr. Dunbar also had an academic career: he taught in the Economics Departments of Tufts University and Northeastern University, and he served as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and Columbia Law School. He was a dedicated teacher whose academic experiences informed his work throughout his career.

About NERA

NERA Economic Consulting is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than twenty offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Previous Speakers

Donald C. Langevoort, Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Fifth Annual Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law and Economics, "Cultures of Compliance" (02/06/2017)  Video

Christine Jolls, Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization, Yale Law School, Fourth Annual Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law and Economics, "The New Behavioral Law and Economics: Respecting Citizens’ Knowledge in Nutrition Labeling, Securities, and Tobacco Regulation" (03/07/2016)

The Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Third Annual Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law and Economics, "The Supreme Court and Business Litigation" (03/31/2015)

The Honorable Ralph K. Winter, Jr., Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Second Annual Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law and Economics, "The Limits on the Use of Economics in Law" (04/03/2014)

The Honorable Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, FDIC, 2006–2011; Senior Advisor, Pew Charitable Trusts; Preeminent Financial Reform and Policy Innovator, Inaugural Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law and Economics, "Ending Too Big to Fail" (04/08/2013)