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Fabricio Nunez, Ph.D. Economist
Fabricio is a Senior Legal Consultant in the Minneapolis office. He was born in Ecuador; he attended college in Chile and obtained his MPP and Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. When he isn’t partaking in complex quantitative analysis at work, he is teaching economics courses at Augsburg College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. He loves to spend quality time with his daughters and watch as many movies as possible, ranging from summer blockbusters to indie productions.
Fabricio and Guo are members of the 15-person Financial & Economic Consultants Group at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., an in-house group comprised of C.P.A.s, M.B.A.s, Ph.D. economists, and other analysts who assist the legal teams in addressing a myriad of financial, accounting and economic issues that arise in complex litigation. Our firm offers the value and advantages of these in-house professionals to more effectively and efficiently serve its clients.
Fabricio and Guo recently sat down and discussed their work for our legal teams and how that work benefits firm clients. Here’s what they had to say:
How would you describe the work you do on a daily basis?
Fabricio: Our team works closely with attorneys on a range of financial litigation and antitrust cases. We provide in-depth economic analyses, helping to disentangle complex econometric and statistical models. This helps attorneys develop stronger legal theories and support those theories with specific data, which positively affects case preparation and client representation.
Guo: We manipulate complex financials, analyze economic data, and explain complex economic concepts to attorneys to help them fortify their own knowledge and bolster their cases. We keep direct lines of communication open between all team members to enable the quick transfer of information, which cuts down on confusion, extra legwork, and billable hours.
What do you see as your team’s greatest accomplishments?
Fabricio: We are constantly thanked for our insights on financial matters. This really shines through on the questions we answer on a daily basis. By speaking to us, the attorneys are able to clearly articulate complex financial issues to their clients in a meaningful and understandable way.
Guo: I think it comes down to our willingness to help and spend time educating the attorneys on important issues that affect their work. Our experience and perspectives gives attorneys the information they need to fully craft their arguments and best represent their clients.
What do you like most about working at the firm?
Fabricio: I think the best thing is that each day I encounter intellectually challenging questions that require resolution. As attorneys rely on me to give them the information they need to advocate for and counsel their clients, I find there’s a constant need to be very logical and methodological about the way I analyze each problem and report results.
Guo: For me, it’s the people. The attorneys are easy to work with and a collaborative environment is emphasized. We all listen to each other and learn from one another. This collaboration lends itself well to the holistic way we approach our work and how we interact with our clients.
Just for fun, can you name one fact about yourself that most people don’t know?
Fabricio: I’m obsessed with the color of my lawn. I spend a lot of time in my yard, pruning, gardening, mowing, and weeding. I blame my father — he was the same way.
Guo: When I was a teenager, I won a national Chinese calligraphy contest. To this day, I dedicate time to my calligraphy.
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