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Leemore Dafny, Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, joins Bates White

January 1, 2022

Bates White is pleased to announce that Leemore Dafny, the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and a member of the faculty at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, has joined the firm as a Partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice.

Dr. Dafny is a leading academic expert on competitive strategy, antitrust issues, and public policy in the healthcare sector. She consults on behalf of clients including companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies on merger, conduct, and other complex competition and policy matters.

“I’ve known and respected Dr. Dafny for many years,” Partner Cory Capps says. “She really knows the healthcare industry and is a top-notch scholar with many influential publications. And her extensive healthcare competition and policy experience positions her to tackle the most challenging competition matters. We have worked together in the past and I look forward to continuing that moving forward.”

Dr. Dafny was the first Deputy Director for Healthcare and Antitrust at the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a position created to enhance the agency’s efforts to promote competition in the healthcare sector. She currently serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and the Commonwealth Fund’s Council of Economic Advisers. Her expert opinion is regularly sought by public officials and she has testified before Congress on competition-related issues.

Dr. Dafny’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as The American Economic Review and The New England Journal of Medicine and featured in popular outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She is an associate editor of Management Science, on the board of editors at American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and has served on the boards of the Health Care Cost Institute and the American Society of Health Economics. She is also a Faculty Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before joining Harvard, Dr. Dafny held the Herman Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services chair at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Dafny received a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an AB in Economics from Harvard University.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Dafny join the firm,” notes Slava Zayats, Co-Chair of the firm’s Antitrust Practice. “Over the last ten years—we have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Dafny since 2011—Dr. Dafny has established an impressive track record of providing expert advice and guidance across a wide range of matters and is always collegial and collaborative. We are confident that Dr. Dafny will continue to be a tremendous resource to us and to our clients.”

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