Founded in 1982, Berman Tabacco is a national law firm focused on prosecuting litigation on behalf of victims of securities fraud and antitrust violations. Over the years, the Firm has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of investors and it is one of the firms with the most settlements on the top 100 as identified in SCAS’ published Top 100 U.S. Class Action Settlements of All Time). Benchmark Litigation has again ranked Berman Tabacco as a “Top Ten Plaintiffs’ Firm” for its work “on behalf of individuals and institutions who have suffered financial harm due to violations of securities or antitrust laws,” and as “Highly Recommended 2018.”
The economists and consultants at Coherent Economics have decades of experience and provide their clients with world-class litigation support and expert testimony in legal and regulatory disputes involving complex economic or financial issues. Coherent provides a principled approach to economic consulting, helping clients to evaluate the economic merits of their cases at every stage and providing effective and persuasive expert analysis and testimony.
Nicole Lavallee is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s executive committee. Nicole focuses on financial justice through asset recovery for investors and consumers alike and is a lead partner of the Securities Practice Group. Nicole is the primary contact for many of the firm’s institutional clients and has prosecuted numerous high-profile cases, including, In re IndyMac Mortgage-Backed Sec. Litig. ($346 million recovery), In re International Rectifier Sec. Litig. ($90 million recovery) and In re KLA-Tencor Corp. Sec. Litig. ($65 million recovery).
Nicole has prosecuted dozens of high-profile cases for the firm, earning judicial praise for her work and recovering over a billion of dollars for investors. She is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, was ranked as a Recommended Attorney in Securities Litigation by The Legal 500 (U.S. edition 2017) and was named a Super Lawyer in 2017 by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the top 5% of attorneys in the region.
Laurel Van Allen leads the finance practice at Coherent Economics, a boutique economic consulting firm, and she has nearly 15 years of economic consulting experience. She is passionate about solving complex problems, and she helps her clients by offering sound advice, rigorous economic analysis, and expert support based on established theory and evidence. She has addressed economic issues in a wide range of litigation and regulatory proceedings including disputed mergers & acquisitions, appraisal litigation, securities and ERISA litigation, patent disputes, breach of contract claims, price fixing allegations, and a broad range of matters stemming from the financial crisis.
Laurel has extensive experience consulting for both plaintiffs and defendants on securities matters, assessing market efficiency, causation, and damages. She has also assisted clients involved in disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, as well as alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, by assessing economic evidence, sales process, management incentives, and valuation. She has analyzed the economic rationale and consequences of corporate transactions involving change-in-control transactions and capital restructuring. And she has consulted on a number of matters involving complex structured products such as RMBS and CDOs.
Laurel has assisted clients at all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation consulting work to analysis at the class certification, merits/liability, settlement and mediation negotiations, and trial stages. Her experience covers a diverse array of industries.
Prior to joining Coherent Economics, Laurel was a Vice President at Compass Lexecon. She received her M.S. in economics from the University of Chicago.