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At a Glance


“Analyst culture, interesting casework, openness about future, excellent pay, decent work hours.”

“Great culture; the opportunity to work with brilliant people on important problems.”

“The cases we work on are generally extremely interesting.”


“Client service industry removes some control over your own schedule.”

“Some work volatility, easy to develop imposter syndrome.”

“Work-life balance requires effort to maintain, and managers can be of hit-or-miss quality when it comes to managing.”

About Cornerstone Research

In the increasingly high-stakes world of commercial litigation, attorneys often need help sifting through complex economic or financial issues. Cornerstone Research is the place they turn to for help. Top-tier law firms have retained Cornerstone Research throughout its more than thirty years in business. The firm consults to attorneys across all phases of the litigation process and works with a broad network of expert witnesses recognized for their depth of knowledge, accomplishments, and research.  The matters on which the firm provides support span numerous industries, including automotive and related industries; consumer finance; energy and commodities; financial institutions; fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency; healthcare; hospitality travel and tourism; insurance and pension plans; life sciences; manufacturing; private equity and venture capital; real estate; technology, digital economy and artificial intelligence; and telecommunications, media and entertainment.

Suppose you were to believe everything you see on TV. In TV law, preparing for a trial involves a group of attorneys debating before one of them wins over the judge or jury with an emotive argument. The reality, of course, is much more sophisticated and complicated—as Cornerstone Research’s list of practices and services illustrates. 

The firm offers six main phases of support that law firms can draw upon as they prepare for cases:

  • Consulting with attorneys
  • Engaging and working with expert witnesses
  • Conducting research and analysis
  • Consulting on internal and regulatory inquiries
  • Consulting in motion practice
  • Preparing for deposition and trial

The first of these categories is the broadest. Given the many complexities that can arise in legal matters, attorneys call upon Cornerstone Research to analyze key business, economics, or finance issues. Cornerstone Research’s consultants provide that expertise and knowledge, as do the academic experts and industry specialists drawn from the firm’s extensive global network. If a case makes it to a courtroom, the firm’s services can extend through trial and post-trial briefs. 

Some undergraduates who join Cornerstone Research eventually leave to earn graduate degrees, such as PhDs in economics or finance, or law degrees. The firm provides substantial support to consultants applying to graduate school. For example, it brings in admissions counselors from top institutions to give presentations and talk to consultants about admissions requirements at their respective universities.

COVID-19 Update

At Cornerstone Research, we foster a strong, collegial culture, rooted in thriving teams. This emphasis on collaboration has enabled us to successfully adapt to the challenges arising from COVID-19. We continue to refine our approaches thoughtfully, in response to state and local guidance, and the client and employee feedback we solicit on an ongoing basis. Current initiatives include:

  • Firmwide working-from-home model to ensure all employees’ health and safety
  • Frequent office meetings with a focus on fun and community building
  • Biweekly surveys to gauge workload, connectedness to colleagues, and overall well-being
  • Regular communications from senior leaders about progress on firm decisions and continuing projects
  • Team check-ins to promote positive, open communication
  • Resources to help employees cope with challenging situations through support groups and information sharing
  • Firmwide wellness offerings for employees to participate in activities such as virtual yoga and meditation
  • Enhanced IT support and allowances for office equipment and supplies

Cornerstone Research is successfully operating and staying connected to our clients, experts, and to one another. We continue our recruiting activities to attract qualified applicants for consulting roles to join us in 2021. These efforts include:

  • Summer internships: We remain committed to hosting the summer analysts and interns who will join us for a six-week, virtual program. If we are able to return to fully operational offices before June 15, an in-person option may be available.
  • Virtual recruiting events: Throughout March and April, we hosted a number of virtual recruiting events, including information sessions and externships. We are prepared to offer additional virtual events in the summer and fall as needed (although we hope to see students on campus).
Cornerstone Research

Two Embarcadero Center
20th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 229-8100

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
President: Yesim Richardson
CEO: Rahul Guha
2024 Employees (All Locations): 900

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC
London, UK
Brussels, BE

Major Departments & Practices

  • Accounting
  • Audit & Tax Advisory Consulting
  • Economic Consulting 
  • Energy & Utilities Consulting
  • Financial Consulting
  • Health Care & Pharmaceuticals Consulting
  • HR Consulting
  • Information Technology Consulting
  • Litigation & Legal Consulting
  • Management & Strategy Consulting
  • Public Sector Consulting