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At a Glance


"Compensation (particularly salary growth), realistic path to management within 4 - 5 years."

"High profile work, telecommuting, good managers, career stability."

"Terrific senior management with strong vision and implementation."


"Potential for long hours with upcoming deadlines."

"Moderate size, only one domestic office, no international presence to speak of."

"Unpredictability of hours and periods of intense effort."

The Buzz

"Best economic consulting firm."

"Good for plaintiffs work."

"Powerhouse litigation and econ consulting boutique."

About Bates White Economic Consulting

Bates White is a mid-sized consultancy specializing in advanced economic, financial and econometric analysis. The company's professional staff-among them economists, econometricians, financial analysts, and IT specialists-help law firms, corporations, and government entities address complex matters that require sophisticated problem solving and deep empirical analysis.

Co-founders Charles Bates and Halbert White set the bar as high for excellence as they did for diversity. They created a culture where bright minds from diverse backgrounds work together to build strong, collaborative relationships with clients, within teams, and in the community." The firm is uniquely focused on the cultivation of diversity within its ranks. In the first decade since its founding in 1999, it established a diversity-inclusion council that tests, implements, and evaluates initiatives aimed at the heterogeneous widening of the staff and corporate culture, and ensures that all employees, regardless of their differences, have opportunities to learn, develop and contribute to the firm's success. Employees come from an array of ethnicities and backgrounds, having been recruited from many different institutions and an alphabet soup of academic fields, including biology, business administration, chemistry, economics, engineering, finance, mathematics, physics, political science, and statistics. Their linguistic capabilities include Armenian, Cantonese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Kannadu, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Data gurus

Bates White specializes in complex data-intensive cases in the areas of healthcare, life sciences, mergers, monopolization, collusion, product liability, and financial securities litigation. The firm pays meticulous attention to uncovering relevant data, and its experts are skilled at delving into issues using sophisticated analytical techniques. In particular, the firm has developed a number of robust, proprietary databases containing information on such items as employment, epidemiology, insurance claims, product pricing, and financial records from public sources such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the US Census, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the firm has extensive experience analyzing substantial amounts of company-specific information from transactional and financial data as well as business records spanning multiple industries, especially airlines, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceuticals, payment cards, and retail products. Bates White is widely recognized for its ability to collect and analyze vast amounts of data and has an IT infrastructure that enables it to quickly and efficiently respond to client requests for analyses.

Experts at antitrust and beyond

Bates White is at the forefront of applying economic theory and empirical methodologies to address issues that arise in the antitrust analysis of class certification, damages, mergers and acquisitions, monopolization, and collusion. The firm's hallmark approach to conducting business is to develop a deep understanding of relevant industry, factual, and legal contexts to support opinions with sound economic theory and rigorous empirical analyses that withstand intense scrutiny. Today, the firm has a team of more than 70 PhD professionals who advise clients on case development and strategy, assess and analyze the relative strengths of economic arguments, and determine optimal strategies for discovery, motions, trial preparations, and settlement. In addition, Bates White has been a dominant market leader for more than a decade in asbestos litigation and valuation as well as in False Claims Act litigation. More recently, the firm has earned an outstanding reputation for its expertise in mortgage-backed securities. Antitrust remains the largest practice area, but the firm also has recognized experts in environmental product liability, healthcare and life sciences, energy, and finance.

In the News

June 2019

Washington Post names Bates White Top Workplace for fourth year in a row

For the fourth year in a row, The Washington Post named Bates White Economic Consulting a Top Workplace for mid-size companies in Washington, DC. The award was based on employee feedback from 341 organizations measuring company values, leadership, and work environment. When completing the surveys, Bates White employees noted the firm’s collegial and collaborative culture, career opportunities, interesting and topical work, social events, and strong philanthropic program.

May 2019

Bates White employee’s modeling work pays off in NCAA tournament predictions win

Senior Consultant David Lorenz took fourth place in the Google Cloud & NCAA Machine Learning Competition, an annual event in which participants use reams of historical NCAA data to build predictive models. In this challenge, Lorenz combined data from various sources to build a predictive model and evaluate and adjust it based on relevant parameters. He predicted 76% of the games correctly. Lorenz is enrolled in the Master of Science Business Analytics program at the University of Virginia while working at Bates White. Lorenz’s performance applying machine learning to the NCAA Tournament is a great example of how he was able to leverage his professional and academic experience to innovative and powerful modeling approaches.

May 2019

Bates White works on behalf of Apple in Qualcomm antitrust litigation

In Apple Inc. v. Qualcomm Inc., a Bates White partner submitted two expert reports on behalf of Apple. In the case, Apple alleged that Qualcomm used its dominant position as a supplier of baseband modem chipsets to cause anticompetitive licensing practices, charge royalties, and foreclose competition. The expert, supported by a Bates White team, analyzed the extent of Qualcomm’s market power in modem chipsets, Qualcomm’s conduct with respect to original equipment manufacturers (OEM), including Apple, and the effects of Qualcomm’s conduct on OEMs and Qualcomm’s rivals. The parties reached a settlement on the first day of trial.

May 2019

Policy paper on electric vehicles helps inform regulatory decisions

To help public utility commissions (PUCs) develop policies for electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure, Bates White published a step-by-step guide for PUCs to develop and implement a “no regrets” EV policy. These steps address the steep learning curve PUCs face in understanding EVs, technical and economic challenges, and the growth potential as EVs ramp from just 0.3% of all US vehicles to substantial market penetration in many regions across the country.

Bates White Economic Consulting

2001 K Street, NW
North Building, Suite 500
Washington, D.C., DC 20006
Phone: (202) 408-6110

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
Founder & Chairman: Charles E. Bates, PhD
2019 Employees (All Locations): 230

Major Office Locations

Washington, D.C. (HQ)

Major Departments & Practices

Antitrust and Competition

Communications and Media


Environmental and Product Liability


Healthcare and Life Sciences

Intellectual Property

International Arbitration and Trade

Labor and Employment

Life Sciences

Public Policy and Regulatory Economics

Transfer Pricing and Tax