Key Members of LAI Staff


John E. Scarbrough, Ph.D.

Principal, President

Dr. Scarbrough has over 35 years experience analyzing economic loss in matters of personal injury and wrongful death and 30 years experience in evaluating cases arising from mass torts and other disasters. He is one of the few human capital economists testifying in court and was recently named a Heller-Hurwicz Economic Institute Research Affiliate. He is a frequent speaker to associations, 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 Managing 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.

Samuel M. Lundstrom, Ph.D.

Principal, Senior Managing Economist

Sam Lundstrom, a Senior Economist in the Dallas office of LAI, received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine. His fields of specialization are labor economics, family economics, health economics, the economics of education and the economics of poverty. In addition to his casework, Dr. Lundstrom’s research interests include the effect of financial incentives on child achievement, minimum wage policy and effects. Dr. Lundstrom has published articles in several prominent economics journals, including the American Economic Review.

Ben Hillman, M.S.

Managing Economist

Ben Hillman is one of LAI’s most experienced economists, located in our Dallas office. He received his M.S. in economics from Baylor University, where he focused on econometrics and statistical modeling, applying his exceptional undergraduate training in economics and applied mathematics. Ben has considerable experience working with large data. This makes him a valuable resource, given LAI’s use of such data sets regarding earnings, education, health expenditures and disability.

Randall Crouch, Ph.D.

Senior Research Economist

Dr. Randall Crouch, a Senior Economist in LAI’s Dallas office, received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Houston, after earning both a B.S. and M.A. in economics there. His fields of specialization are Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Econometrics, Health Economics and Law and Economics. Prior to joining LAI, Dr. Crouch was an Assistant Professor at Flagler College. He has also taught economics at the University of Houston and The Village High School.

Thomas F. Lanier, III, Ph.D.

Senior Research Economist

Dr. Lanier joined LAI’s Dallas office as an economist in 2014. An applied micro theorist, his research focuses on occupational sorting and college major selection effects on the race wage gap, and spatial dependency of 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. Dr. Lanier is involved with several research projects, one of which focuses on migration and income and the effect of human capital, as measured by education and experience, on the geographic breadth of the market for skills.

Jeffrey Galner, MBA


Jeff Galner is LAI’s comptroller. He also applies his financial training in support of LAI’s 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 received his MBA with a concentration in management from the University of Connecticut.

Laura Day, MBA

Managing Researcher

Ms. Day received her M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut and joined LAI in 2006, after almost 15 years as a marketing and data analyst in the healthcare industry. In addition to her case-specific duties, Ms. Day manages the firm’s staff of case coordinators and researchers in support of LAI’s testifying economists.

Janet Reuter, MBA

Case Coordinator and Senior Researcher

After receiving her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ms. Reuter worked for many years in the telecommunications industry, focusing on budgetary and rate-setting matters. Having joined LAI in 2002, she supports LAI’s testifying economists with financial and related research.

Kasey Galner, J.D.

Case Coordinator and Researcher

Ms. Galner is a Case Coordinator and Researcher providing support to the economists at LAI. She received her J.D. from Pace University School of Law and joined LAI after many years of practicing law as a trusts and estates attorney. Prior to law school, Ms. Galner earned her B.A. in clinical psychology from Tufts University and went on to work as a home care case manager for elderly and disabled individuals.

Consulting Economists

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 LAI’s 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.


Andrew Kidd, Ph.D.

Consulting Economist

Andrew Kidd left the Dallas office of LAI in 2018 to join the Economic Research Center at the Buckeye Institute in Columbus, Ohio. There he provides economic research, data analysis and econometric modeling at the state level. Dr. Kidd received his B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Notre Dame and his M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Teaching Assistant for wage and labor economics and micro theory. His fields of specialization are labor economics, health economics and the economics of education. His other research interests include the determinants of educational attainment and work behavior, with special emphasis on the effects of teen pregnancy, the effects of Medicare and Medicaid coverage on community versus nursing home duration and the effect of financial incentives on the labor supply of single women.