Melissa Bennis is retained as an expert witness on damages in the case of litigation and provides related financial consulting for clients nationwide. She has testified in deposition, trial, and arbitration in venues around the country.

Her work has involved disputes with claims of patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, misappropriation of confidential information, breach of contract, defamation, and several other types of commercial business disputes.

She has conducted complex damages studies involving lost sales, lost profits, incremental profits, manufacturing and marketing capacity, fixed and variable costs, product line profitability, price erosion, reasonable royalty, unjust enrichment, diminution in value, commercial success, irreparable harm, and pre-judgment and post-judgment interest.

She has prepared expert reports reflecting professional opinions in these areas, assisted trial lawyers in developing discovery by analyzing financial issues, developing strategy, preparing interrogatories and document requests, participating in the depositions of witnesses, and preparing demonstrative exhibits for trial.

Her non-dispute-related work has included royalty audits, assessment of the economics involved in long-term contracts, assistance of a major consumer products company in the development of intellectual property strategies by conducting a patent portfolio analysis, a licensing analysis and a competitive assessment, the performance of an intellectual property valuation in anticipation of a merger, and consultation of license agreement portfolios.

Prior to joining Stout, Melissa was a Principal at a boutique litigation consulting firm, and, prior to that, consulted with two of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms.