Loren Smith is an Executive Vice President with Compass Lexecon based in Washington, DC. He specializes in the application of economic and econometric tools to antitrust and competition matters. His experience includes the analysis of horizontal and vertical mergers, pay-for-delay, exclusionary conduct, and vertical restraints, including several healthcare litigations involving so-called anti-steering contract provisions. Since joining Compass Lexecon in 2013, he has assisted clients with government investigations, federal merger challenges, and private litigations in industries that include retail, healthcare, lodging, medical devices, and various consumer products and intermediate goods.
Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, Smith worked at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as a staff economist. While at the FTC, he oversaw several high profile merger and conduct investigations, supported litigations, and evaluated settlements. He also co-authored a report to Congress and provided technical assistance and training to competition agencies in South Africa, Brazil, and Hungary.
Smith has taught microeconomics and econometrics at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University, and his research is published in academic journals that include the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Economic Inquiry, and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. Smith received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 2006.