Kris Kucsma, M.A., is the Principal of the Firm and Senior Economist at the Sobel TInari Economics Group. Prior to Kris Kucsma being named the Principal of the Firm and Senior Economist of Sobel Tinari Economics Group, she was a senior economist at the predecessor firm, Tinari Economics Group (TEG) where she worked closely with Frank Tinari to grow a flourishing practice comprised of forensic economists providing expert testimony for litigation that necessitates the valuation of damages.
Kris works extensively on forensic economics cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, lost profits, employment law and medical malpractice and she analyzes lost compensation, lifetime care costs, household, companionship and advice-related services, collateral source offsets and other components of economic loss. Working with both plaintiff and defense attorneys, she has testified in over 100 trials (in various states - in both Federal and state court) and in over 100 depositions. Kris plays a critical role in growing the group by integrating her considerable academic knowledge with her real world experience, expanding the existing portfolio of comprehensive services offered by Sobel Tinari Economics Group.
Before joining the Tinari Economics Group, Kucsma spent over 13 years as a Professor teaching economics courses including Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Money and Banking, Government and Business, Labor Economics and HUB I at Saint Peter’s College, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Drew Universities. Teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Professor Kucsma was an award-winning educator, receiving Professor of the Year Award two years in a row.
Credentials and Professional Associations
- Her areas of expertise include American Economic History, Applied Micro Economic Theory, banking and financial markets and corporate finance
- Professor Kucsma lectures regularly on estimating economic damages
- Member of the National Association of Forensic Economics and the Eastern Economics Association
Community Involvement and Philanthropy
- Kris has a passion for helping cats and dogs as is evidenced by her role as President for Partners in Pet Stewardship (PIPS), and her deep involvement with animal shelters and rescue organizations nationwide. Kris’ main objective is to apply best business practices and sound economic principles to develop an efficient and effective system, and reduce the overpopulation of pets, that will, result in the safe placement of a greater number of companion animals in homes in the United States
- Partners in Pet Stewardship (PIPS) was created to address long-term, fundamental issues that currently exist in the animal rescue world. The focus of PIPS is on the application of economic principles to develop a system that encourages responsible pet stewardship through education, financial assistance and the expansion of community partnerships. Their primary goal is to reduce pet overpopulation and eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals
- Earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Economics from Seton Hall University
- M.A. from Rutgers University and currently is ABD at Rutgers University