WASHINGTON, DC—Bates White is pleased to announce that Dr. Martin Gaynor, E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, has joined the firm as an Academic Affiliate in the Antitrust and Competition Practice and the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice. Dr. Gaynor is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an International Research Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Market and Public Organisation.
From 2013–2014, Dr. Gaynor served as Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he supervised economic analysis and advised the agency on economic policy matters. In his FTC role, Dr. Gaynor oversaw a staff of nearly 80 economists, advising on a wide range of antitrust and consumer protection issues ranging from horizontal and vertical mergers to anticompetitive practices (e.g., reverse payment settlements) to practices unfair to consumers (e.g., mobile throttling and cramming). Notable cases overseen by Dr. Gaynor while at the FTC included FTC v. Sysco, FTC v. St. Luke’s Health System, In re Apple, Inc., Proposed Merger of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax, Inc., In re AmeriGas and Blue Rhino, FTC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., In re North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System Inc., and FTC v. AbbVie Inc. Dr. Gaynor was also the first chair of the governing board of the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), an independent non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2011 that uses comprehensive commercial health insurance claims data to advance knowledge and understanding about healthcare utilization and costs and their determinants.
“We are excited to have Dr. Gaynor join the firm,” said Cory Capps, co-chair of Bates White’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice and a Partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice. “Dr. Gaynor’s impressive academic background, coupled with his agency experience in antitrust and consumer protection generally and his extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector specifically, complements our team’s core areas of expertise.” Dr. Gaynor joins former FTC Bureau of Economics leaders, Dr. Joseph Farrell (former Director) and Dr. Leemore Dafny (former Deputy Director for Health Care and Antitrust), whom Bates White welcomed to the firm in 2013.
Joseph Farrell, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bates White Partner, noted “Dr. Gaynor is a great addition to Bates White. He conducts rigorous theoretical and empirical analysis and communicates findings succinctly both to competition specialists and to general audiences. He’s an asset to our team and will be invaluable in helping our clients address challenging policy and competition issues.”
Dr. Gaynor has received numerous awards for his research and has published in multiple leading economics journals. His academic research focuses on competitive interactions among payers and providers of healthcare services, with an emphasis on antitrust, competitive strategy, industrial organization, and public policy. Recently, Dr. Gaynor and colleagues released a joint study demonstrating that the prices hospitals negotiate with private health insurance companies vary considerably within and across geographic regions in the United States. Dr. Gaynor earned doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from Northwestern University, and an honors degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.