Overview

Dr. Andrew Cook is a Director with The Claro Group based in the firm’s Los Angeles, California office. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of economics and statistics, with over twelve years of experience in analyzing issues pertaining to employment, consumer, and general class action matters.

Dr. Cook provides consulting and expert witness testimony services for complex litigation matters using advanced economic and statistical techniques, including econometrics, risk analysis, and sampling and survey design. He has significant experience managing large complex data structures and statistical modeling. Dr. Cook has prepared economic and statistical analyses for numerous Fortune 500 companies on economic and statistical questions involving employment discrimination, FLSA and state wage and hour matters, EEOC/OFCCP investigations, HR pay equity analyses, damage calculations, executive compensation, statistical sampling, false claims questions, and Title IV/for-profit school litigation. He has authored a number of expert reports and has testified in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Prior to joining The Claro Group, Dr. Cook held senior positions at FTI Consulting and Resolution Economics LLC, where he led class action matters focused on developing and analyzing complex statistical models. His work has been used for litigation, mediation, arbitration, and various consulting settings.

Experience +

Clara Ortiz, et al. v. Oportun, Inc., et al.

The Claro Group was retained by attorneys from Seyfarth Shaw on behalf of the defendant, Oportun, to evaluate the plaintiffs’ claim of class status in a wage and hour class action lawsuit alleging meal break, rest break, and unpaid overtime claims. Dr. Cook concluded in an expert report that neither plaintiffs’ expert nor plaintiffs provided sufficient support for class status. The case is slated for trial in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Cruz in 2018.

Teresa Clemens, et al. v. Hair Club For Men, LLC.

The Claro Group was retained by attorneys from Seyfarth Shaw on behalf of the defendant, Hair Club For Men, to evaluate the plaintiffs’ claim of class status in a wage and hour class action lawsuit alleging meal break, rest break, and unpaid overtime claims. Dr. Cook testified in an expert report and at deposition that neither plaintiffs’ expert nor plaintiffs provided sufficient support for class status. The USDC of Northern California denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification.

Greg Smith and Michelle Ayala, et al. v. Red Robin International, Inc.

The Claro Group was retained by attorneys from Seyfarth Shaw on behalf of the defendant, Red Robin, to evaluate the plaintiffs’ claim of class status in a wage and hour class action lawsuit alleging misclassification of assistant managers as exempt employees. Dr. Cook concluded in an expert report that variation among the characteristics of the putative class disallows treatment on a class wide basis. The USDC of Northern California denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification.

Kristin Philips v. Caris Life Sciences, Inc. and Miraca Life Sciences, Inc.

The Claro Group was retained by attorneys from Littler Mendelson on behalf of the defendant, Caris Life Sciences, to evaluate the plaintiffs’ economic damages and mitigation claims, as well as a claim of gender discrimination. Dr. Cook testified in an expert report and at deposition that the plaintiff had not performed a proper job search and economic damages were calculated accordingly. Dr. Cook also concluded that no evidence existed to substantiate a claim of gender discrimination by the client. The matter was settled for an amount favorable to the client.

Erik Belfiore v. Merchant Link, LLC.

The Claro Group was retained by attorneys from Littler Mendelson on behalf of the defendant, Merchant Link, to evaluate the plaintiffs’ economic damages and mitigation claims, as well as a claim of race discrimination. Dr. Cook concluded in an expert report that the plaintiff had not performed a proper job search and economic damages were calculated accordingly. Dr. Cook also concluded that no evidence existed to substantiate a claim of age discrimination by the client. The Office of Human Rights, Montgomery County, Maryland ruled in favor of the defense and the client was not assessed any damages.

Tiana Lowe v. Station GVR Acquisition, LLC d/b/a Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino

The Claro Group was retained by attorneys from DLA Piper on behalf of the defendant, Green Valley Ranch, to evaluate the plaintiffs’ economic damages and mitigation claims. Dr. Cook concluded in an expert report that the plaintiff had not performed a proper job search and economic damages were calculated accordingly. The matter was settled for an amount favorable to the client.

Pay Equity Study

The Claro Group was retained by a large foodservice company to perform a pay equity study of their non-union employees. Claro’s work entailed processing various company data (payroll, employment history, etc.), constructing a database from said data, and performing an econometric analysis of compensation across the company’s various job titles and departments.

OFCCP Compensation Study

The Claro Group was retained by a hospital to perform a compensation study of their nursing staff. Claro’s work entailed processing various company data (payroll, employment history, etc.), constructing a database from said data, and performing an econometric analysis of compensation across the company’s various job titles and departments.

Education +

B. A., English Literature, University of California, San Diego, 1997

M.S., Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005

Ph.D., Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009

Memberships +

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Associate Member – Labor and Employment Section

Professionals in Human Resource Association (PIHRA), Professional Member

Brookside Elementary School Site Council – President (2015-2017)

Publications & Speaking Engagements+

Dr. Cook is a regular speaker at conferences around the country on topics related to employment, data, economic damages, and statistical sampling.

“Practical/Discovery Data Management Issues Facing In-House HR” (with Joseph Krock – The Claro Group and Kathy Perkins – Kathy Perkins LLC), LEAP Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2017.

“California’s Fair Pay Act: Opportunities, Challenges and Latest Developments” (with Jack Schaedel – Dykema Gossett PLLC and Steve Danz – Stephen Danz & Associates), Meeting of the Pasadena Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, October 2016.

“Damages at Trial: Setting Your Case for an Effective Trial Strategy on Damages” (with Elizabeth (Lisa) A. Grown – Grube Brown & Geidt LLP), Bridgeport Continuing Education, Webinar, September 2016.

“Supreme Court Update – Spokeo, Tyson, Cambell-Ewald, and Baker” (with David Almeida – Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Andrew Friedman – Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Derek Ho – Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel PLLC, & Archis Parasharami - Maye– Brown), 2016 Perrin Class Action Litigation Conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 2016.

“Changing Standards for Class Certification, Including Experts and Statistical Sampling in Class Actions” (with Steven Ellis – Goodwin Proctor LLP), Bridgeport Continuing Education Class Action Conference, Los Angeles, California, April 2016.

“How to Leverage Your Company’s Data to Prevent and Win Employment Lawsuits” (with Joseph Krock), LEAP Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2016.

“Bell to Duran: The Evolution of the Use of Sampling & Statistics in Wage & Hour Litigation & A Brief Primer on the California Fair Pay Act” (with Joseph Krock), MCLE Presentation to Carothers DiSante Freudenberger LLP in October 2015 and Morrison & Foerster in May 2015.

“The Effect of Hospital Nurse Staffing on Patient Health Outcomes: Evidence from California’s Minimum Staffing Regulations” (with Martin Gaynor, Melvin Stephens Jr., and Lowell Taylor), Journal of Health Economics, 2012, 31(2): 340-348.

“A Demographic Analysis of the Rise in the Prevalence of the U.S. Population Overweight and/or Obese” (with Beth Daponte), Population Research and Policy Review, 2008, 27(4): 403-426.

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