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Alex Krueger, Executive Director

Alex Krueger is the Executive Director at Legal Economics. He has advised clients, drafted reports, and supported expert testimony on a variety of antitrust matters, including reverse patent settlements in the pharmaceutical industry, tying and bundled loyalty contracts in the healthcare industry, and deceptive practices in the nuclear power industry. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he won both best brief and best oral argument in a national moot court competition. Prior to Law School, Mr. Krueger obtained a B.S. in Economics summa cum laude from the University of Illinois.

Alex is the co-author, with Prof. Elhauge, of Solving the Patent Settlement Puzzle, 91 Texas Law Review 283 (2012). The article presents economic proofs that allow one to infer whether a given reverse patent settlement harms consumer welfare based on the size of the reverse payment in relation to the patentholder's future anticipated litigation costs.

Wm. Paul Chapman, Senior Economist

Wm. Paul Chapman is a Senior Economist at Legal Economics. He has worked on antitrust cases involving bundling, tying and loyalty contracts in pharmaceutical and internet-based industries. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. Prior to Law School he received a B.A. summa cum laude from the State University of New York in Buffalo, where he triple majored in Economics, History, and Psychology. Paul is the co-author of Stages of Category Learning in Monkeys (Macaca mulatta) and humans (Homo Sapiens) , 36 J. of Exp. Psychol. Anim. Behav. Processes 39 (2010).

Andrei Goureev, Senior Economist

Andrei Goureev is a Senior Economist at Legal Economics. His work has supported expert testimony in numerous matters, including matters involving antitrust economics and patents. He has received an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University, where his research focused on innovations and patent protection.

Thor Sletten, Ph.D., Senior Economist

Thor Sletten is a Senior Economist at Legal Economics. Dr. Sletten has done research and supported expert testimony in a variety of practice areas, including health care, antitrust economics, and labor markets. Dr. Sletten earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University, where his research focused on Industrial Organization, and a B.S. in Economics/B.A. in Scandinavian Area Studies magna cum laude from the University of Washington. Dr. Sletten also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Competition Law & Economics.

John C. Staines, Jr., Senior Economist

John Staines is a Senior Economist at Legal Economics. He has provided expert testimony and litigation consulting on the market economics/competition and the valuation of economic damages associated with patent infringement, antitrust, and other types of commercial litigation. Some of the specific litigation issues he has addressed include lost profit damages, reasonable royalty estimation, commercial success as an indicium of patent non-obviousness, irreparable harm absent preliminary injunctions, class certification, price-fixing, bundling & loyalty rebates, “product-hopping,” reverse payment settlements, predatory pricing, vertical restraints, price discrimination, and pyramid schemes. Most of his work has involved litigation in the pharmaceutical industry but also includes litigation pertaining to a variety of other industries, such as coastal oil shipping, chemicals, computers and peripherals, ERP systems, gasoline wholesaling and retailing, horse racing, multi-level marketing, oil refinery equipment, operating systems and applications software, plastics additives, renewable diesel fuel, telecommunications, steel, uranium mining and enrichment, etc. Mr. Staines has an M.B.A. in Business Economics and Finance from the University of Chicago, as well as an M.P.M. in Public Policies Toward Business and B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Joshua Yagi, Senior Economist

Joshua Yagi is a Senior Economist at Legal Economics. He has worked on antitrust cases involving bundling, loyalty contracts, price-fixing, and reverse patent settlements. He has researched and analyzed various industries, including the airline, healthcare, and semiconductor industries. He received his B.A. in Economics from Emory University and was a recipient of the William & Otis Benton Scholarship. In his spare time, He is an active member of the National Association of Asian-American Professionals nonprofit where he was Director of Community Service.