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Brown Economic has offered economic expert witness testimony on more than 130 occasions to support our calculation of damages reports in civil litigation cases. With over 20 years of experience, our success on the witness stand has led our firm to become one of Canada's leading expert economic witness firms dealing with individual economic loss claims. We have achieved this success in what is often a highly competitive and adversarial environment.

Ms. Brown's testimony was accepted by Dario, J. in Adams v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 ABQB 527 as the defendent's expert over the plaintiff's expert evidence.  See Brown's Economic Damages Newsletter, August 2015 edition.

In a recent jury trial in Ottawa, Ontario, Smith, J. set aside the jury's verdict for the plaintiff's future loss of income (which was nil) and awarded $117,200 before gross up for income taxes (para. [84]) to Kyle McLean, which was reduced for a liability finding of 15% to $99,620. The following paragraphs related to Ms. Brown's testimony on behalf of the plaintiff, and the judge's findings are excerpted directly from Smith R., J.'s decision released Dec. 8, 2011.

Ms. Brown's evidence from a jury trial was affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada in Young v. Bella, Rowe and Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2006.

Dr. Frank Strain has been qualified in both New Brunswick and Newfoundland to testify on the quantum of income loss, benefits, and loss of housekeeping. In Courtney v. Cleary, 2009 NLTD 103, Justice Hoegg from St. John's, Newfoundland, accepted Dr. Strain's testimony over the defendant's expert from Ontario and awarded almost $1 million in damages for loss of income, housekeeping capacity and loss of pension and other fringe benefits (at a rate of 19.5%). Ms. Brown co-authored this report with Dr. Strain.

Our firm has provided economic expert witness testimony in both Canada and the USA, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Texas and North Dakota. These cases have included both defense and plaintiff work at both judge and jury trials.

Civil litigation cases for which we have testified include those arising from sexual assault, wrongful imprisonment, wrongful sterilization, personal injury, wrongful death, tax gross-up, wrongful dismissal, housekeeping capacity loss, pension and spousal/child support. Additional topics include family relief act claims, oppression and defamation actions, and loss of fringe benefits. See page 2 of Ms. Brown's CV for a selected list of cases for both plaintiff and defense counsel.

To complement our economic expert witness services we also appear at depositions, discoveries, collective bargaining arbitrations and mediation settlements.