Catharine Lawton has over thirty years of experience advising clients and counsel involved in business problems, disputes, and litigation.

Her experience includes participation in a broad range of commercial, government, and regulated industry consulting engagements involving business problems and disputes, litigation, and arbitration in a wide range of industries. She has advised clients in negotiations and settlement discussions, and has provided deposition and trial testimony.

Her experience includes consultation with counsel and management on a wide variety of financial and economic issues. These include lost profits and damage analysis; the financial analysis of companies, divisions, and product lines;  incremental cost analysis, profitability studies, pricing studies, financial forecasting, damage exposure analysis, fraud investigations, specialized accounting issues, technology valuation, and more. These issues have arisen in matters involving antitrust actions, breach of contract claims, construction claims, dealer/distributor termination actions, fraud investigations, intellectual property disputes, lender liability actions, and workout situations.

Ms. Lawton has consulted for both large and small clients in many different industries including banking, biotechnology, computer hardware and software, construction, consumer products, electronics, entertainment, fast food, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, printing and publishing, semiconductors, telecommunications, title insurance, warehouse and manufacturing automation, and waste hauling and disposal.

Ms. Lawton has particularly extensive experience in intellectual property disputes and litigation.

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University of Illinois
BS, Finance and Economics, 1984 (high honors)