Ankura is a business advisory and expert services firm defined by HOW we solve challenges. Whether a client is facing an immediate business challenge, trying to increase the value of their company or protect against future risks, Ankura designs, develops, and executes tailored solutions by assembling the right combination of expertise. We build on this experience with every case, client, and situation, collaborating to create innovative, customized solutions, and strategies designed for today's ever-changing business environment. This gives our clients unparalleled insight and experience across a wide range of economic, governance, and regulatory challenges. At Ankura, we know that collaboration drives results.
VLF Consulting provides litigation and valuation services to law firms, corporate clients, and individuals. Specializing in intellectual property, VLF assists its clients in navigating economic and financial challenges during complex litigation as well as assessing value in such contexts as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, sales, and licensing. The firm's success derives from its deep IP experience combined with a philosophy that stresses responsiveness and cost-effective approaches tailored to each client's needs. From its headquarters in the Chicago area, the firm services clients throughout the world.
A Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in Washington, DC. Dr. Chapman is an economic damages expert specializing in Intellectual Property, Commercial Damages and Antitrust. He has more than 20 years of experience providing economic, financial, and strategic consulting services to commercial firms, law firms, and foreign governments. He has studied a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, semiconductors, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, steel, agricultural products, and consumer goods. He has examined economic issues in more than 100 engagements in a variety of litigation contexts, including patent infringement, personal injury, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, class certification, and antitrust damages/liability.
Dr. Chapman has authored a number of articles and book chapters on intellectual property damages issues, including ““Using Settlement Licenses in Reasonable Royalty Determinations” (2009) and “The Hypothetical Negotiation and Reasonable Royalty Damages: The Tail Wagging the Dog” (2013). His article “The Incremental Value of Apportionment in Reasonable Royalty Patent Damages Analysis” is scheduled to be published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal this Fall.
Dr Chapman has taught economics courses at several leading business schools, including the MIT’s Sloan School of Management, the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross Business School, Georgetown University Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, and the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Eric Phillips has served as a financial consultant for over 19 years, assisting attorneys and corporate clients on damages, valuation, and forensic accounting issues. Mr. Phillips focuses his practice on IP litigation, valuation, and transactions. He has extensive experience in the valuation of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and know-how in such contexts as infringement litigation, bankruptcy proceedings, false marking, licensing negotiations and transactions, and joint ventures. His experience includes providing testimony in federal court proceedings regarding IP damages. Mr. Phillips is a Certified Valuation Analyst and a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics through the NACVA. He is also accredited in business valuation and has assisted clients with business valuation services.