Key Members of LAI Staff

John E Scarbrough, Ph.D.
Principal, President

Dr. Scarbrough has over 30 years experience analyzing economic loss in matters of personal injury and wrongful death. He has 20 years experience in evaluating cases arising from mass torts and other disasters. He is one of the few human capital economists testifying in court. Dr. Scarbrough is the original architect of all expert systems used by Litigation Analytics over the past twenty years. He is a frequent speaker to insurance companies and law firms. Dr. Scarbrough, along with LAI’s Dr. Bartlett, is the only structured settlement broker in the United States with a Ph.D. in economics, which he received at the University of Minnesota.


Christopher Bartlett, Ph.D.
Principal, Senior Economist

Dr. Christopher Bartlett joined Litigation Analytics in June of 2008 from Baylor University, where he had been an assistant professor of economics. Dr. Bartlett heads LAI's Dallas office. A labor economist, his research includes the inter-generational transmission of human capital, ability, education and dynamic discrimination, the labor market effects of preferential college admission, and family equivalence scales. Dr. Bartlett received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas. He is also a licensed structured settlement broker.


Thomas F. Lanier, III, M.A., M.S.

Thomas F. Lanier, III joined LAI’s Dallas office as an economist in 2014. An applied micro theorist, his research focuses on migration and its effects on various factors, such as income. He also brings years of experience related to the application of econometric techniques using various econometric packages. Mr. Lanier has completed all coursework for his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Dallas and expects to defend his dissertation in the spring of 2015. He is also involved with several research projects— migration and income, cost structure and intra-firm pricing and a model of transfer pricing.


Ben Hillman, M.S.

Ben Hillman is an economist located in LAIís Dallas office. He received his M.S. in economics from Baylor University, where he focused on econometrics and statistical modeling, applying his undergraduate training in economics and applied mathematics. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in labor economics at SMU. His experience working with large data makes Ben a valuable resource, given LAIís use of such data sets regarding earnings, education, health expenditures and disability. Benís case-related work consists of supporting LAIís Senior Economists in applying techniques to estimate the elements of economic damages.


Jeffrey Galner, MBA

Jeff Galner is LAIís comptroller. Located in the Ridgefield office, Mr. Galner also applies his financial training in support of LAIís work in the area of structured settlements. In that role, he is responsible for interfacing with defendants and plaintiffs, developing settlement proposals and handling the documents involved in the closing process. After receiving his B.A. in economics from Tufts University, Mr. Galner worked as a financial advisor for MetLife. Most recently, he served as Director of Operations for an asset management firm in New York. He recently received his MBA with a concentration in management from the University of Connecticut.


Janet Reuter, MBA
Case Coordinator and Researcher

As coordinator of case screening, Ms. Reuter is in charge of the initial identification of case information requirements, customizing input forms and supervising follow-up and communication with counsel.  She is also responsible for case scheduling and monitoring.


Laura Day, MBA
Case Coordinator and Researcher

Ms. Day reviews documents to extract relevant information and create case summary documents. She also identifies additional information requirements and communicates these to counsel.



Stephen R. Barnes, Ph.D.
Consulting Economist

Dr. Stephen Barnes joined LAI from the Department of Economics at Louisiana State University, where he was a health research team leader. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas. Stephen is a labor economist whose research has focused on health care issues, such as the demand for medical care and insurance, the cost of overweight and obesity and inter-area price differentials in the U.S. Dr. Barnes was located in LAIís Dallas office. He now works as a special consultant with LAI, after rejoining the faculty at LSU in the fall of 2009.

Jeffrey DeSimone, Ph.D.
Consulting Economist

Dr. DeSimone joined the Dallas office of Litigation Analytics after spending time as a lecturer of economics at the University of Maryland, College Park and as assistant professor of economics at the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of South Florida and East Carolina University. During his academic career, Dr. DeSimone was also a Faculty Research Fellow in the Health Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research is in the areas of labor, education and health economics, with a focus on the interaction between human capital accumulation and behaviors involving health risks among youth and young adults. Dr. DeSimone received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

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