Charles River Associates is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial, and strategy expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and governments around the world.
With proven skills in complex cases and exceptional strength in analytics, CRA consultants have provided astute guidance to clients in thousands of successful engagements. We offer litigation and regulatory support, business strategy and planning, market and demand forecasting, policy analysis, and risk management consulting.
Our success stems from the outstanding capabilities of our consultants, many of whom are recognized as experts in their respective fields; our close relationships with a select group of respected academic and industry experts; and from a corporate philosophy that stresses interdisciplinary collaboration and responsive service.
James J. Donohue has served as a financial consultant for more than 25 years in a wide range of areas, including damages, valuation, and forensic accounting. He has extensive experience in IP valuation, transactions, and litigation. He has provided expert damages testimony in federal, state and bankruptcy courts, as well as in various arbitration venues, including the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Donohue’s experience in IP litigation matters has included assessing the appropriate economic measure of damages in patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright disputes. In addition to his IP litigation-related experience, Mr. Donohue has also provided IP-focused fairness opinions and transaction and valuation services in a broad range of industries. Mr. Donohue is a certified public accountant and has a BS in accountancy from Villanova University. He is also a certified valuation analyst and is accredited in business valuation.
Vanessa Biondo is an aggressive commercial and intellectual property litigator known for bringing a reasonable approach to business disputes. Ms. Biondo’s clients rely on her extensive experience in all aspects of litigation and arbitration, from evaluating liability to advising on the best courses of action, negotiating settlements, defeating damages claims and obtaining jury verdicts (including one of the highest awards on record in New York for a trade secret litigation).
Ms. Biondo has litigated trade secret cases, trademark and copyright claims, data security and privacy issues, contract disputes and employment matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. She has also advised clients on compliance with their privacy and security obligations, assisting with the implementation of tools and protocols to protect intellectual property and sensitive information and counseling them on minimizing threats to their business and reputation. Her work spans various industries, including transportation, healthcare, real estate, banking, electronics, music, video games and publishing.