Mark Israel is a Senior Managing Director at Compass Lexecon. Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, he served as an Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2001.
Israel has substantial experience applying economic analysis and econometric tools to antitrust cases including mergers, joint ventures, regulatory proceedings and litigation matters, in the U.S. and internationally. He has served as an expert for both government agencies and private parties, in cases involving industries such as telecommunications, cable television, broadband internet service, airlines, health insurance, food distribution, railroads, shipping, financial markets, nuclear waste disposal, consumer retail, and many others. Israel has written numerous academic articles on topics including competition economics, merger policy, telecommunications, airlines, insurance markets, and applied econometrics. His research has been published in leading scholarly and applied journals including, among others, The American Economics Review, The Rand Journal of Economics, The Review of Industrial Organization, The Journal of Competition Law and Economics, and The Review of Network Economics, and has been presented to business, government, and academic audiences around the world.
Recently, Israel served as testifying expert in Federal Court on behalf of Plaintiff U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the proposed Sysco/US Foods merger. The court relied heavily on Israel’s reports and testimony in deciding to grant an injunction, based on its conclusion that the merger would likely cause anticompetitive harm to customers in the national and local broadline food distribution markets. Israel also served as a testifying expert in the trials on the Anthem-Cigna and Energy Solutions-Waste Control Specialists mergers, and has testified in many other trials and hearings on monopolization, damages, and class certification. Additionally, Israel has served as the lead expert in front of government agencies in many high profile recent mergers including, among others, Comcast-NBCU, American Airlines-US Airways, and AT&T-Time Warner.