Charles River Associates hires antitrust expert Laila Haider

05 June 2020 2 min. read
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Economic, financial, and management consulting firm Charles River Associates (CRA) has hired Laila Haider as a VP in its antitrust & competition economics practice in Washington, DC.

Haider brings more than 15 years of experience providing expert economic testimony and analysis on antitrust, labor and employment, and false advertising. The seasoned economic consultant has testified in federal court, depositions, and arbitrations, including numerous high-profile class action suits. She has also completed numerous economic analyses related to price fixing, bid rigging, and monopolies.

Prior to joining CRA, Haider was a partner at rival consulting firm Edgeworth Economics, where she spent eight years. Before that, she spent eight years at NERA Economic Consulting, where she was a senior consultant.

Charles River Associates hires antitrust expert Laila Haider

Haider is co-chair of the economics committee of the American Bar Association’s section of antitrust law, and was previously the associate editor of Antitrust Magazine. She holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University and a BA in economics from Gettysburg College.

“We are delighted to have Laila choose CRA,” said Margaret Sanderson, leader of the antitrust & competition economics practice. “Laila is a highly sought-after testifying expert in cases involving allegations of price fixing, bid rigging, monopolization and exclusionary conduct. She has testified on many of the largest U.S. price fixing cases in direct purchaser and indirect purchaser actions. Her antitrust litigation expertise, particularly relating to class certification, will further enhance CRA’s strong service offerings to our clients.”

Haider will be reunited with a number of her former colleagues from Edgeworth Economics. CRA in December welcomed a 25-person consulting team from Edgeworth into its antitrust & competition practice in San Francisco. The team included five partners who joined CRA as vice presidents: Fei Deng, Gregory Leonard, Mario Lopez, Stephen Rusek, and Noah Schwartz.

The team addition bolstered CRA’s capabilities in competition and intellectual property matters in the US and China, while strengthening the firm’s credentials in class certification and damages litigation.