Jamie Donovan has more than 15 years of experience in economic and strategy consulting and market analysis, helping clients with complex, high-stakes business, legal, and regulatory issues. As an economic consultant, Mr. Donovan provides crucial assistance to law firms and corporate clients in complex litigation, international arbitrations, and regulatory proceedings, including expert witness support, deposition and trial preparation, settlement negotiation, and case strategy.
Mr. Donovan specializes in energy, infrastructure, and climate issues, and has worked extensively on antitrust, competition, intellectual property, and damages disputes in a wide range of industries. Mr. Donovan’s energy background includes natural gas, oil, electricity, renewables, and climate policy, and his industry experience includes infrastructure, automotive, chemicals, credit cards, consumer products, banking/finance, healthcare, IT, telecom, and pharmaceuticals/life sciences.
Prior to joining MEG, Mr. Donovan focused on energy, infrastructure, and climate issues as Founder and Principal of Plum Island Analytics; on IT industry market analysis and forecasting as a Principal Consultant at IPR; on antitrust and IP disputes as Senior Economist at QES, on utility regulation issues as Senior Regulatory Analyst at NSTAR, and on disputes and regulatory issues in the energy sector as a Senior Economist in the energy litigation practice at Compass Lexecon. Mr. Donovan received an MBA from Northeastern University’s D’Amore McKim School of Business, and a B.A. from Middlebury College.
- Disputes: Independent expert analysis and testimony for investor-state and commercial arbitration, litigation, and regulatory matters at the national and state/provincial level.
- Strategy: Competition, market, and regulatory assessments, business case development, and risk analysis.
- Data Analytics: Large-scale data analytics and modelling to support complex litigation as well as business strategy issues.
- Regulatory: Independent analysis to support regulatory filings and proceedings, and detailed impact analysis of proposed regulations.
- Consumer Products
- Energy, Infrastructure, &Climate
- Natural Gas: Exploration & Production, Trade & Marketing, Transmission, Distribution, LNG
- Oil: Exploration & Production, Refining & Marketing, Transportation, Petrochemicals
- Renewable Energy: Solar, On-/Off-Shore Wind, Hydro, Storage
- Utilities: Electricity, Natural Gas, Water
- Financial Services
- Information Technology
- Electronic Components
- Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences
Energy, Infrastructure, & Climate
- Highway Tolls
For a South American government in a dispute over toll increases with a highway concession owner, managed the supporting analysis and the preparation of written expert testimony and exhibits, and assisted counsel with case strategy.
- Natural Gas Distribution Project
For investors in a Chinese natural gas distribution project, developed a 20-year financial model combining already-existing and planned investments.
- PV/Wind Grid Tie-In Analysis
For a non-profit entity, created a financial model to estimate revenues, costs, and payback times for a proposed solar PV and wind project.
- Electric Generation Bid Dispute
For an energy company in a dispute with a consulting firm over a bid for new generation in the Dominican Republic, managed the supporting analysis and the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits, and assisted counsel with case strategy.
- Water System Acquisition Targets
For an investor, identified and prioritized potential New England water systems for acquisition based on analysis of rate levels, structure, affordability, system size, water quality, financial conditions, and location-specific issues.
- Supercomputer GHG Emissions
For a global IT company, developed a model to estimate the emissions impact of vendor/site choice.
- Cape Wind
For NSTAR/Northeast Utilities, conducted research and benchmarking analysis related to proposed Cape Wind project.
- Utility Filings
For NSTAR/Northeast Utilities, assisted in the preparation of MA DPU compliance and reconciliation filings, including exhibits and written company witness testimony, Capital Projects Scheduling List (CPSL), EE Reconciliation Factors (EERF), Net Metering Recovery Surcharge, NSTAR Green Rate Adjustment, Residential Assistance Adjustment Factor (RAAF), and Smart Grid Rate Adjustment.
- Utility Merger
For utilities involved in a merger, conducted research and prepared responses to utility commission interrogatories, and modeled the financial implications of settlement agreements.
- Climate Action Plan
For Ipswich, MA, co-authored its Climate Action Plan, which assessed and prioritized ways for government, businesses, and residents to meet emissions reductions targets through energy conservation, efficiency, and renewables.
- Energy Trading Desk Fraud
For a US utility in a fraudulent conveyance dispute over its purchase of an energy trading desk from a bank that concealed crucial negative information about it, developed models to value complex power agreements to determine the value of the assets given the concealed information, and managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhbits.
- CA Energy Crisis Class Cert
For natural gas company class action defendants in a suit related to the CA energy crisis, assisted counsel with case strategy, assessed the certifiability of the class of retail natural gas purchasers, quantified the effect of alleged false reporting on natural gas prices, and analyzed pipeline capacity and flows into the CA market.
- Natural Gas False Reporting
For natural gas traders accused of false reporting to index publishers by the CFTC, created a methodology and model to show defendants’ reported prices were within the range of market value and did not systematically benefit their positions, managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits, and supported counsel and expert witness through trial.
- Natural Gas Price Manipulation
For a natural gas firm accused of market manipulation by FERC, developed algorithms to identify complex trading behaviors by individual traders and trading desks across markets from ICE trading data, managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits, prepared expert witness for deposition, and assisted counsel with case strategy.
- Venezuelan O&G
For a global oil and gas company whose interests in Venezuela were expropriated by the government, developed a complex financial model to determine the NPV of the 20-year Production Sharing Agreement under a range of production, price, and macro assumptions, coordinated analysis and testimony of eight consulting firms involved in the project, and managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits.
- Qui Tam Royalties
For defendants in a qui tam dispute over federal gas lease royalties, analyzed lease, royalty, and GIS data, pipeline costs and tariffs, and downstream gas prices to determine the wellhead fair market value of natural gas and the amount of underpayment; managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits; and prepared experts for deposition.
For a US energy company in a dispute over a long-term LNG contract with the state oil company of Algeria, created a model to estimate the wellhead value of gas from production costs, LNG processing and transportation costs, and global natural gas prices; managed the preparation of written expert testimony and exhibits; prepared expert witness for hearing; and assisted counsel with case strategy.
- Transmission Planning
For Idaho Power, developed a model to optimize the utility’s investment across several competing large-scale transmission projects in order to efficiently meet its forecasted future demand.
- CO2 Royalties
For the operator of a West Texas CO2 pipeline used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in a royalty dispute, developed a model to determine the fair market value range of CO2 over a 20-year period based on the tariff/location-adjusted initial prices of more than 200 individual CO2 contracts; and managed the preparation of expert witness testimony and exhibits.
- West African Oil
For a sovereign bond investor, developed a forecast model based on benchmark crude forecasts, adjusted for quality and location differentials, to determine the value of oil cargoes to be held as collateral.
- Yemen O&G
For an oil and gas company in an international arbitration dispute over the expropriation of its interests in Yemen with the state oil company, created a model to determine the value of the production sharing agreement between the parties, managed the preparation of written expert testimony and exhibits, prepared expert witness for hearing, and assisted counsel with case strategy.
Antitrust & Competition
- Credit Card Antitrust
For eleven retailers in an antitrust dispute with a credit card company over its merchant anti-steering rules, developed a damages model to estimate individual plaintiff damages using a “but-for” estimate of merchant fees and transaction-level credit card purchase data for actual sales and merchant fees, managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits, and assisted counsel with case strategy.
- Automotive Components Antitrust
For a global auto manufacturer affected by a conspiracy among suppliers to fix component prices, developed a model to identify affected components and determine the amount of the overcharge, and provided analytical and strategic support for settlement negotiations.
- Healthcare Antitrust Litigation
For a health insurer in an antitrust dispute over a competitor’s exclusionary contracts with hospitals containing most-favored nation (MFN) clauses, analyzed financial, contracting, and demographic data and insurance regulatory regimes to quantify the relationship between MFN contracts and profits; and managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits.
- Patent Licensing Program
For an Internet of Things (IoT)-related patent holder, developed a detailed global forecast for more than ten use cases based on primary research, third-party market research, company information, and analyst reports.
- Software IP
For a software company plaintiff in a dispute with a competitor over violations of its user agreement and “knock-off” product sales to plaintiff’s customers, led a data collection and analysis effort to match specific plaintiff customer sites to defendant customer sites and quantify lost sales at those sites, managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits, and supported clients and expert through trial.
- Smartphone IP
For the global smartphone manufacturer defendant in a patent dispute, analyzed discovery documents and data, and drafted expert testimony to counter plaintiff’s infringement claims.
- Drug Toxicity IP
For a drug toxicity test manufacturer defendant in a patent infringement dispute, constructed a model to identify infringing products and quantify damages.
- Interactive Call Processing IP
For the owner of an interactive call processing patent, conducted conjoint surveys to determine the value of the patent in different use cases, and assisted counsel with developing license rates and negotiation strategy.
- Airport Security IP
For a security equipment manufacturer involved in a breach of contract and fraud dispute with a competitor, developed a model to estimate the value of its business “but-for” the defendant’s actions and determine damages, managed the preparation of expert witness testimony and exhibits, and assisted counsel with case strategy.
- Sunscreen IP
For a sunscreen manufacturing patent holder in a dispute with a global cosmetics manufacturer, developed a model to identify and quantify the sales of infringing products, and determine the theoretical license cost for the infringing products.
- LIBOR Manipulation
For a global hedge fund, developed a model to estimate net exposure to LIBOR index manipulation over the alleged manipulation period.
- Pharma Contract Breach
For a global pharmaceutical company in a dispute over a delayed product launch with its US marketing and distribution partner, created a model to determine the economic harm caused by the delay, assisted counsel with case strategy, and managed the preparation of written expert witness testimony and exhibits.
- Autonomous Vehicle Sensors
For a global microchip manufacturer, created a detailed global forecast for autonomous vehicle sensors based on primary research, government data, company websites and filings, and third-party market research.
- Weather Data-as-a-Service
For a global IT company, developed a detailed global forecast for Weather Data-as-a-Service using government and proprietary data, third-party market research, company filings, and analyst reports.
- Global IT Services Market Forecast
For a global IT company, led team of analysts to develop a comprehensive detailed forecast of the global IT Services market.
- Founder and Principal, Plum Island Analytics, 2018-2019
- Principal Consultant, International Planning & Research, 2016-2017
- Senior Economist, Quantitative Economic Solutions, 2012-2016
- Senior Regulatory Analyst, NSTAR/Northeast Utilities, 2012
- Senior Economist, Compass Lexecon, 2004-2010
- Ipswich, MA Climate Resiliency Committee, 2020-present
- Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center Board of Directors, 2010-present
- Ipswich, MA Committee on Energy Use and Climate Protection, 2010-2011