Chen Song

Senior Vice President, Litigation

Education

Ph.D., economics, University of Chicago, 2000
M.A., economics, University of Chicago, 1995
B.A., mathematics and economics, Agnes Scott College, 1993

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Dr. Song is an economist, CFA charter holder, and expert witness. Since receiving her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, she has provided consulting and expert testimony in single-plaintiff, multiple-plaintiff, and class action discrimination disputes, as well as class action wage and hour disputes. She has studied labor market definition and has applied statistical techniques to examine companies’ employment practices: hiring, pay, promotion, termination, reduction in force, executive compensation, and pension benefits. Additionally, Dr. Song has conducted pay equity studies to assist companies with identifying potential gender or minority pay gaps. Dr. Song routinely works with various types of HR, time reporting, and large-scale transactional databases to help counsel with wage and hour class actions concerning unpaid wages, meal and rest break violations, and employee misclassification.

In addition to her expertise in labor and employment matters, Dr. Song has extensive experience in securities class action litigation matters, where she has applied complex financial modeling tools including stock option valuation, Monte Carlo simulation, event studies, stress testing, and regression analysis. Dr. Song is leading Nathan Associates’ West Coast expansion in both the labor-employment and financial litigation practices.

Dr. Song has maintained a strong affiliation with the academic community. She lectured on labor economics and human resources at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Song was also an adjunct assistant professor with the California State University, Los Angeles, where she taught a course on financial institutions. She teaches review courses for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

Dr. Song is actively involved in community work. She is a board member of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice.

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Specialty

Specialty: 

Labor and employment disputes, securities disputes, statistics and econometrics, finance

Industry Experience

Banking and investment banking, gaming, healthcare, transportation, securities, software

Selected Publications & Presentations

Rethinking the Unemployment Status Of Job Applicants. Law360 Expert Analysis, July 19, 2012 (with David Sharp)

Seeding Accounts?  Detecting Discrimination Among Brokers. LexisNexis Mealey's Litigation Report Employment Law, Volume 7, Issue #1, August 2010 (with Will Carrington).

Employment Law in the Obama Age. ABA Corporate Counsel CLE, February 12, 2010.

Got Game? Using Game Theory to Understand, Manage, and Resolve Disputes.  ABA Annual Symposium on Court ADR, April 8, 2010.

A Class Action Has Just Been Filed–Can I Still Talk to Our Employees and What Should I Say to the CEO and the Media? Practical Advice on Pre- and Post-Certification Communication. Littler Mendelson Executive Employer Conference, April 23, 2009.

Fundamental Approaches and New Ideas in Class Action Securities Litigation. CLE Holland and Knight, LLP, August 22, 2008.

Memberships

American Economic Association
American Bar Association
Los Angeles Society of Chartered Financial Analysts

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