Dr. Deborah K. Foster

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Office 647.951.8566

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Dr. Foster is a labor economist and an expert in applying data analysis to labor and employment issues in legal disputes. She has provided deposition testimony and expert reports in both state and federal court, as well as mediation, arbitration, and trial support. Her practice includes advising clients on matters relating to race and ethnicity, gender, and age discrimination claims as well as a wide range of wage and hour issues including misclassification, off-the-clock work, time-shaving, meal and rest break violations, rounding, and regular rate calculations.

In class action matters—including nationwide FLSA, state-specific, and hybrid actions—Dr. Foster frequently analyzes large data from multiple sources to address issues related to class certification and to quantify claims. She performs variation studies, examines the typicality of the named plaintiff(s), and calculates exposure under alternative scenarios and legal theories. Additionally, Dr. Foster performs critiques of opposing experts’ analyses and aids counsel in understanding the underlying assumptions and their impact on the results.  She has worked on these cases in both an expert capacity where she has provided testimony and declarations and in a consulting role where she has helped attorneys understand the data and its implications on the litigation.   

Dr. Foster also provides individualized analyses of job market opportunities, mitigation efforts, and damages related to discrimination and wrongful termination claims. She has been designated as an expert and provided deposition testimony in these matters.

In addition to her labor practice, Dr. Foster has experience in commercial litigation and intellectual property where she has assisted clients with matters related to bankruptcy, fraud, breach of contract, and patent infringement.

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  • Insurance
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

Dr. Foster earned her PhD in economics and her MA in economics from Michigan State University and her BS in business and economics from Trinity University.

Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association

  • Section of Litigation
  • Labor & Employment Section

American Economics Association
Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management
Society for Human Resource Management

Previous Experience

  • Economist, Welch Consulting
  • Michigan State University, Instructor and Researcher
  • Consultant, Navigant Consulting

Practice Areas

  • Class Actions

  • Commercial Damages

  • Discrimination



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