Dr. Nathan D. Woods is an expert with more than 18 years of experience analyzing topics relating to class certification, labor and employment, sampling, extrapolation, and damages. He applies his expertise in the construction and statistical analysis of large, complex data sets to assist clients in analyzing issues related to allegations of discrimination against gender, race/ethnic, and age protected groups and all manner of wage and hour topics under federal and various state laws. He also provides guidance on sample design in a variety of contexts, including in health care and business disputes.

As an expert witness, Dr. Woods analyzes data and testifies on class action topics involving commonality, typicality, allegations of work “off-the-clock,” non-payment of overtime, meal break violations; issues related to manageability, representative sampling, extrapolation, and damages; and on adverse impact studies. Dr. Woods has testified in bench and jury trials, in state and federal courts, and in administrative proceedings.

Outside of litigation, Dr. Woods regularly consults with Fortune 500 clients on a variety of labor and employment and other analytical topics. Included among these are assistance with the implementation and evaluation of large-scale diversity initiatives; monitoring of pay equity, performance, hiring, and other employment decisions for possible adverse impact; auditing wage and hour compliance; and economic analyses of wages and benefits issues arising out of collective bargaining agreements. Dr. Woods often communicates complicated analysis results to affected stakeholder groups, including union membership, management, and legal counsel.

His peer-reviewed academic research focuses on using statistical analysis to answer questions related to race and ethnicity, representation, public opinion, and participation. He has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Review of Politics, Bender’s California Labor and Employment Bulletin, the Federal Employment Law Insider, the Journal of Health Care Compliance, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Law360, the National Civic Review, PS, Political Research Quarterly, Social Sciences Quarterly, the Urban Affairs Review, and, as chapters, in three edited book volumes. He frequently writes and speaks on economic and statistical approaches to analysis of class certification, discrimination, and wage and hour questions. Dr. Woods has taught several courses to undergraduate and graduate students, including an advanced quantitative analysis graduate seminar at the University of Southern California.


  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Section
  • American Conference Institute, Speaker


  • Vice President, Welch Consulting
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
  • Research Scholar, Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles

Case Experience

Case Experience

Insights & News


Speaking Engagements




  • Energy
  • Food-products
  • Grocery
  • Health Care
  • Home Improvement
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Shipping
  • Telecommunications

Pay Equity

Pay Equity

Edgeworth experts have deep experience working with companies committed to enhancing pay equity, using a data driven approach and tailored to each organization’s unique employment context and needs.

We don’t do dashboards or one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, we work closely with organizations seeking to understand, based on well-developed data and well-crafted econometric models specific to each organization, the causes of any potential disparities. When we identify unexplainable pay disparities, we work closely with organizations to remediate those disparities in a thoughtful and sustainable manner.


Dr. Woods received his PhD and his MA in political science from Claremont Graduate University and his BA in political science from the University of California, Davis.

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