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Dr. Eric Emch has more than two decades of experience in economic analysis of competition policy issues, including the competitive effects of horizontal and vertical mergers, analysis of single-firm conduct and monopolization, market definition, and collusion. His recent work has focused on merger and monopolization issues in a variety of industries, including wireless telephony, oil field services, and the pharmacy benefit management and publishing industries. He is currently Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bar Association.

Dr. Emch joined Bates White from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), where he served as Staff Economist and Assistant Chief of the Competition Policy Section. As Assistant Section Chief, Dr. Emch led teams of economists in theoretical and empirical analyses of merger, monopolization, and collusion cases primarily in the transportation, energy, and payment cards sectors. This included hiring and collaborating with outside economic experts, strategizing with legal teams on case approach, and incorporating economics into case development. As a staff economist, he conducted theoretical and empirical analyses in support of merger and non-merger investigations in a wide variety of industries.

While on leave from DOJ from 2007 to 2008, he led the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Regional Competition Center in Seoul, Korea, where he designed, organized, and conducted competition policy workshops for staffers of national competition authorities across Asia. Dr. Emch has published in journals such as the Journal of Industrial Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, Review of Network Economics, and Antitrust Law Journal on a number of antitrust topics, including aftermarket effects, market definition in payment cards markets, and non-horizontal merger theories in the GE/Honeywell merger. He has also taught econometrics in Johns Hopkins University’s Masters of Applied Economics Program. He has been named to the Who’s Who Legal list of top Competition Economists since 2014 and recognized as a Competition Thought Leader since 2021.


PhD, Economics, University of California, Berkeley

AB, Economics and History, Brown University


Co-led the team supporting expert Doug Bernheim in Epic Games v. Google, Epic’s antitrust litigation related to Google’s app store practices. A jury returned a verdict in favor of Epic on all counts and all claims. Read more.

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