Dawn M. Kovner, M.P.P.

Economist

Dawn M. Kovner, M.P.P.

Economist

Dawn Kovner is an Economist who specializes in economic damages calculations in single-plaintiff claims involving allegations of wrongful termination, failure to promote, failure to accommodate, and related employment issues. In addition to valuing lost earnings and benefits, she performs and directs analysis on national and local labor markets, job availability, compensation, benefits, and plaintiff mitigation efforts. She has prepared economic valuations of life care plans and calculations related to loss of household services in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Since joining Welch Consulting, Ms. Kovner has consulted or testified in more than 1,000 damages cases in Federal and State court, and at arbitrations and mediations. Areas of experience include the valuation of complex public and private benefit plans, executive compensation and incentive plans and business profit projections. Her practice also includes litigation support and analysis in class claims requiring calculations of unpaid wages and penalties associated with off-the-clock work. She has more than 20 years of experience working directly with attorneys, reviewing and responding to reports of opposing expert economists, and providing expert insights at all stages of the litigation process.

M.P.P. (Public Policy)
University of  Southern California
Los Angeles, California
1993

B.A., Sociology, cum laude
University of California
Los Angeles, California
1991

Economist
Welch Consulting
Los Angeles, California
2017-Present

Managing Consultant
Welch Consulting
Los Angeles, California
2015-2017

Senior Associate Economist
Welch Consulting
Los Angeles, California
2009-2015

Associate Economist
Welch Consulting
Los Angeles, California
1996-2009

Analyst
Hamilton, Rabinovitz & Alschuler
Los Angeles, California
1993-1996

Expert Witness at Arbitration – Economic Losses, Job Availability and Mitigation
Calculated and presented earnings and benefits losses claimed by a Program Director, Associate Dean of Continuing Legal Education and Adjunct Professor of Law who was laid off by a Southern California university. Deposition and arbitration testimony included a comprehensive job market study and mitigation review, as well as an assessment and critique of the opposing expert’s economic damages report.

Expert Witness at Arbitration – Job Availability and Mitigation
Evaluated a Plaintiff’s job search activity, the available labor market and potential for offset compensation and benefits following the layoff of a Senior Marketing Director at a $5 billion consumer products company headquartered in Los Angeles.

Expert Witness at Deposition – Economic Losses and Defendant’s Financial Conditions
Submitted a report under Federal Rule 26 and testified at deposition about economic losses claimed by a flight attendant who was terminated, including the potential impact of airline job restructuring, COVID-19 related travel restrictions and subsequent furloughs and involuntary separation programs. Also submitted a rebuttal report and testified in response to the opposing expert’s presentation of the financial conditions of the defendant, a public company, for the punitive damages phase of the trial.

Expert Witness at Trial – Economic Losses, Job Availability and Mitigation, and Defendant’s Financial Conditions
Testified at deposition and at trial about the economic losses of a retail store manager and the job opportunities available in the Los Angeles area. Also provided rebuttal testimony in response to opposing expert’s calculations. Testified about the financial conditions of the defendant, a public company, for the punitive damages phase of the trial.

Consultant, Wage and Hour – Unpaid Commute Time Studies
Consultant on mutiple class action cases involving allegations of unpaid commute time of utility line locators and cable splicers. Managed the analysis of work and nonwork travel embedded in GPS coded data. Calculated unpaid commute time and associated premium pay, interest and penalties, and offsets from overpayments received for nonwork, noncommute time.

Principal Researcher – California Labor Market Study
Conducted a labor market salary survey to support compensation negotiations of a labor union representing public attorneys and administrative law judges. Was retained a second time to perform a follow-up study and to assist in collective bargaining mediation. Presented findings to the collective bargaining negotiating committee.

American Rehabilitation Economics Association (“AREA”)

CONTACT


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310.899.2683
DKovner@welchcon.com