The starting line
In traditional architecture, a cornerstone is a stone
representing the nominal starting place in the construction of a
monumental building. Cornerstone Research, a litigation consulting
firm, likes to think that it provides this same starting place for
clients who are in the beginning phases of a monumental legal case.
In the increasingly complicated world of commercial litigation,
attorneys often need help sifting through complex economic or
financial issues. Cornerstone Research is the place they turn to
for help. The firm has worked with top-tier law firms throughout
its existence, and has represented firms in a diverse group of
industries, including finance, telecommunications, high tech,
manufacturing, and real estate.
Cornerstone Research provides attorneys with consulting for many
facets of the litigation process. That includes finding
high-quality expert witnesses, as well as providing economic and
financial analysis to attorneys as they navigate the complexities
of litigation and regulatory proceedings.
To the courtroom and beyond
If you were to believe everything you see on TV, the process of
preparing for a trial involves a group of lawyers debating before
one of them wins over the judge or jury with an emotive argument.
The reality, of course, is a lot more complicated than that-as
Cornerstone'Research's list of services will attest. The firm has
four main areas of specialty that law firms can draw upon as they
prepare for cases: consulting to attorneys; identifying and
supporting expert witnesses; conducting research and analysis; and
preparing for deposition and trial.
The first of these categories is the broadest. Given the many
complexities that can arise in a legal case, attorneys call upon
Cornerstone Research to analyze key issues related to business,
economics or finance. Cornerstone Research's consultants fill that
role, bringing their expert knowledge, as well as the firm's
network of faculty experts and industry specialists. In the event
of a case making it into the courtroom, the firm's services can
extend through the trial and even to post-trial briefs.
The vast majority of undergraduates who join Cornerstone
Research eventually leave to earn graduate degrees, with most
pursuing MBAs. Other departing consultants choose to pursue PhDs in
economics or finance, or law degrees. The firm takes formal steps
to help consultants with the application process. It brings in
admissions counselors from Wharton, Stanford, Duke, MIT, Kellogg
and Chicago, and other top institutions to give presentations and
talk to students about their respective schools and the
requirements for admission.
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