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Selected Expertise

  • Commodity markets
  • Damages estimation
  • Data analysis
  • Fair lending and disparate impact analysis
  • Financial markets
  • Market manipulation
  • Mortgage markets and securities
  • Sampling analysis
  • Securities analysis
  • Settlement and mediation support

Selected Industries

  • Commodity markets
  • Finance
  • Mortgage finance
  • Securities
  • Subprime lending

Amanda Kurzendoerfer, PhD


Amanda Kurzendoerfer is a Managing Economist in the Finance Practice at Bates White. She specializes in economic analysis of consumer finance and financial market manipulation-related matters. Her expertise includes fair lending analysis, settlement support, and working with clients to provide clear and concise analysis of complex information. Dr. Kurzendoerfer is an experienced researcher with additional expertise in energy market forecasting and analysis of international trade patterns.

Selected Experience

  • Performed fair lending analysis to support the monitoring of a residential mortgage-backed securities settlement agreement between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and a large financial institution. Conducted a statistical analysis of race and ethnicity disparities using the Bayesian Improved Surname Geocoding (BISG) method. Provided data integrity and compliance assessments relating to central terms of the agreement.
  • Advised a government agency in a prelitigation matter regarding the performance of certain residential mortgage loan products. Devised a sampling method that leveraged a unique matching methodology to reduce sampling error. Performed representativeness analysis and defect rate extrapolation.
  • Forecasted prepayment and default rates to estimate future losses for more than 20 RMBS securitizations to support potential settlement negotiations. Analyzed terms of comparable settlements to provide additional guidance.
  • Analyzed financial reports of large financial institutions to calculate damages associated with exposure to certain financial products.
  • Supported testifying expert with review of academic literature on money markets and bank borrowing.
  • Performed analysis of high-frequency financial market data to identify trading patterns.
  • Forecasted benchmark crude oil and natural gas prices to support client risk management strategies. Appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV to provide commentary on oil and gas markets. Quoted by the Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and various news outlets.


PhD, Economics, University of Virginia

MA, Economics, University of Virginia

BA, Mathematical Economics, University of Kentucky