Jonathan M. Orszag

Senior Consultant and Co-Founder

Washington, DC

Jonathan Orszag is a Senior Consultant and Co-Founder of Compass Lexecon. Until November 2023, he served as a Senior Managing Director and Member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. As a consultant, Orszag has conducted economic and financial analysis on a wide range of complex issues in antitrust, regulatory, policy, and litigation matters for corporations and public-sector entities. These engagements have involved a wide array of mergers and other economic matters in various markets, such as the sports, media, telecommunications, retail, healthcare, financial services, and high-tech industries. He has testified before the United States Congress, U.S. and international courts, the European Court of First Instance, and U.S. and international regulatory authorities on competition and economic policy issues.

In 2004, Orszag was named by the Global Competition Review as the youngest member of “the world’s 40 brightest young antitrust lawyers and economists” in its “40 under 40” survey. In 2006, the Global Competition Review named Orszag as one of the world’s “Best Young Competition Economists.” In multiple years, Who’s Who Legal has named Orszag as one of the most highly regarded competition economists in the world.

Prior to entering the private sector, Orszag served as the Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning. In this capacity, Orszag was the Secretary of Commerce’s chief policy adviser and was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of policy initiatives, from telecommunications issues to international trade issues. Previously, Orszag served as an Economic Policy Advisor on President Clinton’s National Economic Council. In 1999, the Corporation for Enterprise Development awarded Orszag its leadership award for “forging innovative public policies to expand economic opportunity in America.”

In addition to his work at Compass Lexecon, Orszag has taught at both the University of Southern California and UCLA; most recently, he taught an antitrust class at UCLA Law School. He is involved in a number of philanthropic activities, including serving on the board of directors of the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and on the Board of Governors of The First Tee and the TGR Foundation.

Orszag received a MSc from Oxford University, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar. He graduated summa cum laude in Economics from Princeton University, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was named a USA Today All-USA College Academic Team. He is also a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy.

Orszag and his wife (Mary) have three daughters (Baye, Eden, and Maine). Orszag is an avid surfer and golfer; he has played all top 100 golf courses in the world. He is also a lifelong Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.

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    • English
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    • MSc in Economic and Social History, Oxford University
    • AB in Economics, Princeton University

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