John S. Hekman is an economist with over twenty-five years of experience in real estate finance, consulting, teaching, and testifying.

He has been engaged to analyze mortgage portfolio risks and housing markets in connection with the sub-prime crisis. He has testified in federal and state courts on real estate damages, valuation, mortgage issues, and real estate markets, as well as on matters such as price fixing, patent infringement, trade secrets, and general economic damages.

Dr. Hekman has published a number of articles in the areas of real estate finance and industry studies. He was formerly an economist with the Federal Reserve and has taught real estate finance at the University of North Carolina and University of Southern California.  He holds a PhD in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Employment History

FTI Consulting
Managing director
2011 – 2013

2004 – 2011

Economic Analysis LLC
2000 – 2003

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Associate professor of finance
1981 – 1986

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Visiting scholar
1981 – 1984

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Harvard-MIT Joint Center For Urban Studies
Research associate

Boston College
Assistant professor of economics
1975 – 1981

Areas of Expertise


University of Chicago
PhD, Economics, 1976
MBA, Finance, 1971

Valparaiso University
BA, History, 1969