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J.B. Heaton


As the managing member of One Hat Research LLC with a J.D., M.B.A., and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago, I have 18 years of experience in complex civil litigation.


View my CV here, Google Scholar page here, and SSRN papers  here . 


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How about a timeline? I grew up in a small town in west central Illinois. From there I made my way to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in finance.  After graduation, I joined Peterson Consulting, a firm specializing in expert witness services. It was here that I had my first taste of the intersection of finance and law, which intrigued me immensely. 

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In 1992, I decided to delve deeper into this intersection, attending the University of Chicago. Over seven academic years, I earned my J.D., M.B.A., and Ph.D. in finance. During this time, I served as a teaching assistant in finance courses and continued consulting with Peterson Consulting.

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In 1999, I started my time at Bartlit Beck, a high-stakes commercial litigation firm based in Chicago. I originally planned to return to academia within a few years but found the real world of litigation so compelling that I stayed on for nearly two decades.

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During my time at Bartlit Beck, I combined my legal practice with teaching and research. I taught courses at Chicago, Northwestern, and Duke, primarily as a result of never losing my love of research and teaching.  I published a large amount of research in top-tier journals on finance and law topics.

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As my work began getting cited in judicial opinions more and more, I wanted to transition from full-time legal practice to a focus more on my comparative advantage as an expert witness and consultant. This has enabled me to focus almost all of the time on what I enjoy most: helping people understand financial evidence in legal and regulatory matters.

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