Cornerstone Research

Cornerstone Research Company Profile


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.

Stepping stone

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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Cornerstone Research

Two Embarcadero Center
20th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 229-8100
Fax: (415) 229-8199


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President & CEO: Cynthia L. Zollinger
  • Chairman: James K. Malernee
  • 2013 Employees: 450

  • Employment Contact

  • Major Departments & Practices


    Antitrust and Competition

    Bankruptcy and Financial Distress Litigation

    Consumer Fraud and Product Liability

    Corporate Governance

    Corporate Transaction Litigation

    Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)

    Energy and Commodities

    Financial Institutions

    Corporate and Government Investigations

    Intellectual Property

    International Arbitration and Litigation

    Labor and Employment

    Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare

    Real Estate



Major Office Locations

  • San Francisco, CA (HQ)
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Washington, DC
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