Bates White is an economic consulting firm that provides advanced, empirically-based economic, financial, and econometric analysis to law firms, corporations, and government agencies. We advise clients on litigation, case development and strategy, assessing and analyzing the relative strengths of economic arguments, and determining optimal strategies for discovery, motions, trial preparations, and settlement.
Carolyn Berry, PhD, is an energy economist with Bates White. She specializes in market design and analysis, policy formation, and regulatory issues in the energy industry. She has a proven track record as an expert witness in litigated proceedings and in achieving settlement with adverse parties. Dr. Berry has extensive experience with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, having worked on a wide variety of topics, including market manipulation, market monitoring, damages assessments, market structure and rules, cost recovery, and rate determination. She was actively involved in the analysis and dissection of the infamous Enron manipulation strategies in the early 2000s and the subsequent regulatory response. Dr. Berry continues to work with domestic and international clients on energy market issues of stranded costs, utility planning, and cost allocation, in additional to market structure, operation and efficiency.
Dr. John R. Morris is a leading expert on competition and price formation in energy industries. He has provided competition studies and testimonies concerning many of the largest electric utility and natural gas mergers during the past 20 years. He also provided expert testimony in some of the most complicated energy cases during that span, including allegations of market power in California during 2000/2001 and allegations that Energy Transfer Partners manipulated natural gas prices at the Houston Ship Channel in 2005.
While working at the Federal Trade Commission (1985–1991), Dr. Morris worked on over a dozen natural gas pipeline matters, including Occidental Petroleum’s purchase of MidCon, Arkla’s purchase of Entex, and Panhandle Eastern’s acquisition of Texas Eastern. In addition, he provided expert testimony for the Federal Trade Commission in West Texas Transmission L.P. v. Enron Corp. et al.