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About Us

Our History

Frank D. Tinari, Ph.D., founded Tinari Economics Group (TEG) in 1979 as a cost-effective and exceptionally responsive alternative to larger consulting firms. Over the years, Dr. Tinari grew the firm’s reputation as a credible and objective source for expert economic analyses and testimony.

In 2008, Kristin Kucsma, M.A. joined TEG as an Economist. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kucsma had spent 13 years as an award-winning economics professor.

Upon joining TEG, Professor Kucsma worked closely with Dr. Tinari playing a critical role in further growing the firm by integrating her considerable academic knowledge with her real world experience, expanding the existing portfolio of comprehensive services offered by Tinari Economics Group.

In 2013, TEG joined Sobel & Co. as a wholly-owned subsidiary becoming Sobel Tinari Economics Group. When Dr. Tinari retired in 2015, Professor Kucsma officially assumed leadership of the group. Since then, STEG has developed into a nationally-recognized, multi-expert firm that continues to grow and raise the bar in economic damage assessment and other economic consulting services. Ms. Kucsma has provided expert testimony at over 600 trials, arbitrations (including FINRA arbitrations), mediations and depositions in both federal and state courts and throughout the country.

Throughout our nearly 40-year history, our objective has remained the same: provide professional, credible economic analysis and testimony to our clients that retain us for their litigation needs.

Who We Are

Sobel Tinari Economics Group (STEG) is a nationally-recognized, multi-expert team of award-winning economists and analysts that provides high-quality economic consulting services in a wide variety of litigated matters. Principal of the Firm and Chief Economist, Kristin Kucsma, M.A., leads a highly knowledgeable and experienced team of award-winning economists and research analysts who have authored thousands of economic loss appraisals across a wide variety of cases. We specialize in providing both plaintiff and defense services. Collectively, STEG’s economists have more than 60 years of experience in assessing economic damages. Collaboration among economists and analysts allows STEG to provide a thorough assessment of the economic damages in each case with our economists intimately involved from initial case assessment to completion of the economic appraisal report.

Our experts have collectively testified in hundreds of trials, arbitrations, mediations and depositions. Client testimonials attest to the quality of our economic experts’ work. Under the leadership of former professor Kristin Kucsma, STEG is committed to supporting the legal community in which it operates. Our commitment includes hosting Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, participating in CLE events sponsored by legal groups, speaking at legal seminars and working with law schools to present mock trials.

Why the Sobel Tinari Economics Group?

Balance

STEG provides economic valuation services to both plaintiff and defense attorneys. The methodology we use when evaluating economic damages is consistent regardless of the nature of our assignment.

Throughout our nearly 40-year history, our objective has been unwavering: provide professional, credible economic analysis and testimony to our clients that retain us for their litigation needs.

Comprehensive and Collaborative Approach

By assigning a team of award-winning economists and seasoned analysts to your matter, we provide an exceptionally detailed and customized analysis for each case. STEG economists are intimately involved with each analysis from initial case assessment to completion of the economic appraisal report. They work closely with team members to guarantee a thorough assessment of economic damages that is tailored to integrate the facts and circumstances that make each case unique.

Access and Responsiveness

STEG’s experts and analysts are always accessible to clients. Our firm is committed to meeting your needs whether it be in response to a court imposed deadline or scheduling a deposition/court appearance. We are responsive and available, communicating through all channels (cell phone, text and email). Responding to phone calls after hours or working additional hours to meet the needs of our clients is in our DNA. The depth of STEG’s staff allows us to quickly respond to changing needs and circumstances even on short notice.

Engaging Testimony

“Impressed”, “Outstanding”, “Engaging”, “Clarity and power of your testimony”, “One of the Best Experts” are descriptions put forth by attorneys who have worked with Kristin Kucsma at trial. Ms. Kucsma’s knowledge of economics, proven approach to economic damages and engaging trial experience make her one of the most highly sought economic experts in the country.

Kristin Kucsma, M.A.

Principal of the Firm and Chief Economist

Kristin Kucsma, M.A., is a Principal of Sobel & Co., and Chief Economist of the Sobel Tinari Economics Group. Ms. Kucsma oversees the group’s team of award-winning economists and experienced analysts. Ms. Kucsma joined the Tinari Economics Group in January 2008 and, since then, has worked...

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Kenneth T. Betz, MBA, M.A.

Senior Economist

Kenneth Betz has been working in the field of forensic economics for 35 years, specializing in personal injury, wrongful death and termination cases. Prior to joining the Sobel Tinari Economics Group in January 2011, he was associated with economist M. Marcus, Ph.D. Since 2002, Mr. Betz also has...

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Stephen Levinson, Ph.D.

Senior Economist

Dr. Levinson’s experience as an economist spans over 43 years in the areas of microeconomics, regulation of business, and finance. He specialized in telecommunications pricing and public policy determination and applied these in rulemaking proceedings and testimony before state and federal governments. Dr. Levinson has also...

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