In 1974 Ed Whitelaw founded ECONorthwest. Today, ECONW is the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most respected economic consulting firm with offices in Portland, Seattle, Eugene and Boise. In late 2016, he left ECONW to found and run FION. The two firms share office space in Eugene and work closely together.
In FION’s work and products, both litigation-related and consulting, FION stresses rigor, clarity, and brevity.
In FION's litigation-related analysis and testimony and in its consulting, whether for fees or pro bono, we channel A. C. Pigou’s principles from his classic 1920 paragraph on externalities that has become doctrine in practically every basic economics textbook in the world. We offer pro bono work occasionally, and selects such projects carefully.
Attorneys, judges and others engaged in trials have observed the increasing frequency plaintiff and defendant’s attorneys have lobbed at each other Daubert-related motions to disqualify testifying experts. During the decades Whitelaw has testified, he has not yet been disqualified.
In federal, state and circuit courts, state legislative and U.S. Senate and House hearings, as well as in administrative proceedings including the NAFTA Tribunal, Ed Whitelaw has testified for over forty years on economic matters.
Besides expert testimony, FION also offers consulting and research to law firms or other organizations that seek advice on preparing economic arguments or helping inexperienced though knowledgeable economists in testifying to juries’ economic concepts in technically sound while intuitively accessible language. Whitelaw’s been teaching economics for over 50 years. Heeding Blaisé Pascal and Albert Einstein, he can express complex concepts succinctly and simply, but not too simply.
Ed specializes in urban, labor, and environmental economics Education: Ph.D. Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology B.A. Mathematics, Political Science, Economics, University of Montana
Ed Whitelaw founded ECONorthwest in 1974. He’s now an independent consultant who provides services under contract to ECONorthwest. He specializes in the economics of cities and regions, labor and poverty, the environment and natural resources and the economic consequences of policy decisions. As an expert witness, he has testified in matters before state and federal courts and the NAFTA tribunal. Since 1974, Ed has completed economic consulting projects for a wide range of clients including law firms; businesses; tribes; and local, state and federal governments. He has also testified before administrative, legislative, and congressional bodies on a variety of economic issues. He has held positions on state, regional, and national advisory boards, including the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and the Oregon Progress Board. Ed is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Oregon, where he has taught since 1967.
Kristin specializes in environmental economics and litigation support. Education: M.P.A. Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon M.C.R.P. Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon B.S. Biology, University of Utah
Kristin joined ECONorthwest in 2000. She specializes in environmental economics and public policy. Using spreadsheet, database, and GIS software, she studies natural resource policy, planning, and economics; analyzes the benefits and costs of policies and decisions; calculates economic damages; and provides litigation support. Kristin has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at academic conferences, and provided expert testimony.
Ralph specializes in environmental and economic policy and econometrics. Education: Ph.D. Economics, Duke University M.A. Economics, Duke University B.S.B.A Finance, University of Pittsburgh B.A. Economics, University of Pittsburgh
Ralph joined ECONorthwest as Director of Analytics and Senior Economist in 2016. He is responsible for overseeing and enhancing the firm’s technical and analytic capabilities. He specializes in environmental economics and policy and has applied these skills on projects related to non-market valuation of environmental quality and public goods. Ralph is an expert in econometric methods and is fluent in modern scientific computing techniques. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Ralph was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Oregon, where his research focused on environmental policy and non-market valuation. Ralph is a member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
Michael specializes in environmental economics, health economics, litigation support, and data analysis. Education: Ph.D. Applied Economics – Oregon State University (in progress) Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching – Oregon State University (in progress) M.S. Economics – University of Oregon M.S. Political Science – University of Oregon B.S. Political Science – University of Wisconsin-Superior
Michael joined FION as a Project Associate in 2017. He specializes in research and data analytics in the fields of environmental economics, health economics, and litigation support. Michael is skilled and experienced in using Stata statistical software, ArcGIS, MATLAB, and InVEST software for estimating and mapping ecosystem services. Michael has taught courses in the fields of environmental law, policy, and economics at the college level and assisted in teaching a range of political science courses as well. Prior to joining FION, Michael worked as a Senior Research Analyst at ECONorthwest and as an Independent Organizer for Grassroots Solutions.
Ryan specializes in environmental economics, labor economics, and applied econometrics. Education: Ph.D. Economics, University of California Santa Barbara (In progress) M.A. Economics, University of California Santa Barbara (2017) B.S. Economics and History, University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College (2012) B.A. Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College (2012)
Ryan has been with FION! since its inception in 2015, and currently works part-time while pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara. He specializes in data analysis and the application of economic ideas and principles to litigation support. He has experience working with Python, MatLab, and Stata, and primarily focuses on projects surrounding environmental and urban economics. Prior to working for FION!, Ryan was a Research Assistant at ECONorthwest and the University of Oregon.
Adam specializes in environmental economics, natural resource damage assessment, and applied econometrics. Education: Ph.D. Economics, North Carolina State University M.E. Economics, North Carolina State University B.A. Economics, College of William and Mary
Adam Domanski has extensive experience valuing changes to public and environmental goods using quantitative methods. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Adam was an economist with NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration and was responsible for assessing ecological and human use injuries resulting from oil spills and chronic hazardous waste contamination. He also served as the Acting Deputy Director of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program and represented the Agency at the 2017 G20 meetings in Germany. Adam is a member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
Kevin specializes in the economics of aging, labor economics, and statistical methods. Education: Ph.D. Economics, Boston College M.A. Economics, Boston College B.A. Mathematics and Economics (with honors), Rutgers College
Kevin is a project director in ECONorthwest's Boise office and a research economist at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Kevin has published on various topics related to applied microeconomics and is known nationally for his research on labor market transitions using the Health and Retirement Study, a large nationally-representative dataset of older Americans. His current projects examine patterns of labor force withdrawal, including bridge job employment, phased retirement, and re-entry, retirement income, occupational changes later in life, and the role of employer-provided pensions in the retirement decisions of older workers. Kevin actively presents his work at academic conferences and workshops across the country and internationally. In addition to his research, Kevin consults in a variety of industries including health care, pharmaceuticals, and banking and testifies in court as an expert witness. Kevin is a member of the American Economics Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Western Economics Association, and currently serves as an ad hoc reviewer for The Gerontologist, The Journal of Human Resources, Research on Aging, The Journal of Applied Gerontology, and other academic journals. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Kevin was a manager at Analysis Group, a national economic consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Winston specializes in environmental and urban economics. Education: Ph.D. Economics, Yale University (current student) BS Economics and Mathematics, University of Oregon, Summa Cum Laude
Winston joined FION! at its inception, December 2015, and remains a part-time employee while pursuing his Ph.D. in Economics at Yale University. He specializes in bringing economic and mathematical models to legal standards. Working directly with Whitelaw, Winston drafts reports, reviews literature, conducts spatial and statistical analyses and helps manage projects. He applies environmental, public, and urban economics directly to the projects at FION!. For his University of Oregon honors thesis, Winston addressed how voter-approved annexation policies and urban-growth boundaries have affected housing values in Oregon cities.
Samier specializes in environmental economics and data analysis. Education: B.S. Economics, Math and Computer Science University of Oregon
Samier joined FION as a research analyst in 2017. He specializes in programming, research related to environmental impact, data collection and analysis. He has worked with many programming languages including Python, Stata, and SQL and on projects related to sustainability and development. Prior to joining FION, Samier worked as a consultant for the Center of Media and Educational Technologies at the University of Oregon.
Hannah specializes in environmental and urban economics. Education: B.S. Economics and Mathematics, University of Oregon, Clark Honors College (Expected 2019)
Hannah joined FION as a research analyst in June 2017. She specializes in data collection and analysis for projects related to environmental economics. She works most frequently with Stata. Prior to joining FION, Hannah worked as a research assistant for Professor Andrew Nelson of the Lundquist College of Business. She is currently working toward her Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College.