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“Within months of starting, I had the opportunity to co-author papers with some of the nation’s leading experts and was taking on as much responsibility as I could handle. My daily responsibilities range from quantitative data analysis to persuasive writing, from computer programming to marketing. The best part about working at Brattle is the diversity, both in terms of the challenges that I’m faced with and the skills that I’m developing.” 

- Brattle Associate

WHY BE A BRATTLE ASSOCIATE?

Associates at Brattle combine the rigor and creative inquiry of academic work with the energy of an entrepreneur as they address some of the most challenging real-world problems in economics.

You will be surrounded by highly motivated and intellectually curious people working in teams with internationally recognized experts. You will apply the skills you learned in graduate school or in the industry to solve clients’ real-world problems. You will frame research approaches, develop work products, supervise and coach staff, and work with clients directly to understand their questions, develop information, and present results. As you gain experience, you will become actively involved in business development efforts and become an expert in your own right.

Brattle provides a stimulating, supportive, and collegial environment that lets our Associates thrive. We are particularly proud that many of the current leaders of the firm began their careers as Brattle Associates.

What we look for

We hire and develop some of the best and the brightest in our industry. Our Associates come from a wide range of academic backgrounds: from Ph.D.s in economics, finance, or engineering, to MBAs with a quantitative background, to those with other relevant graduate level training. They all share one trait: they have worked hard and achieved success, academically and professionally. Beyond analytical ability and intellectual horsepower, successful candidates also have:

  • An unwavering commitment to excellence
  • An entrepreneurial drive
  • An excitement for solving complex real-world problems for our clients
  • A desire to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Intellectual curiosity and ability to think critically
  • The ability to build strong and trusting professional relationships
  • The desire to contribute to the firm’s goals
  • Strong and persuasive writing skills
  • An interest in leading, training, and developing staff
  • Motivation to become an expert in their chosen field
  • The ability to explain complicated concepts in a way that is easy to understand and respects the rigor of the analysis

If you are interested in joining our team, please check our Current Openings.

Meet Our Associates

At Brattle, every day is different. Our work environment allows individuals to drive their professional development, while making a direct impact on their projects. Check out the profiles of some of our current Associates.

 
"I came to Brattle because we solve interesting puzzles in innovative ways."
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Jehan deFonseka, MBA from HBS

Before Brattle

I graduated from MIT with majors in Economics and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. I was on the Varsity Squash team, participated in Battlecode (an Artificial Intelligence programming competition), helped build roller coasters and waterslides, and dabbled in filmmaking.

My first year out of college, I worked on Wall Street. It wasn’t quite for me, so I left to join Brattle as a research analyst, and stayed for two years before leaving to get an MBA at Harvard Business School. I was editor-in-chief of the HBS newspaper and used my time off to travel to more than 20 countries.

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At Brattle

I came back to Brattle after getting my MBA because we solve interesting puzzles in innovative ways. I get paid to work with some of the smartest people in the world. Brattle stands out amongst other firms because of the level of responsibility it was willing to give a (then) 26-year-old; I’ve been largely able to manage my own time, develop my own business practice, and lead teams on high-profile assignments. In addition, Brattle has a great reputation in the industry for providing the highest-quality work, and I wanted to work in an environment where intellectual thoroughness and quality are valued.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much I get out of my Brattle experience. The firm has given me increased project management experience, sales experience, a strong analytical toolkit, and exposure to a variety of different industries and types of transactions. I’ve worked cases that include an injunction against a tax preparation firm, tax fraud and mortgage fraud involving billions of dollars of claims, valuations, antitrust issues... there is a lot of variation in project work. I do a little bit of everything on my cases, including client management, analysis, project management, presentations, and report drafting.

 
"The main draws of economic consulting to me are that you are constantly learning and being challenged."
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Kara Hargadon, MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Before Brattle

Prior to joining Brattle, I majored in economics and math at Barnard College in New York. After graduation, I worked in the economic consulting industry as an analyst for six years in New York.  My primary focus was on securities and finance work. Through this, I became a CFA Charterholder. I then decided to further my education by attending the business school at Chicago Booth, where I concentrated in in finance, economics, and strategic management. I then joined Brattle’s Boston office, so I’m in my eighth year in the industry now!

The main draws of economic consulting to me are that you are constantly learning and being challenged. You have the opportunity to work each day with smart, interesting, and caring people. Brattle has a reputation for a great collegial culture, as well as  stimulating and diverse work and I’ve found that Brattle has delivered on this!

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At Brattle

Since joining Brattle, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with numerous principals and teams. There have been a few projects that stand out over my time here. One project involved helping the US Attorney’s office prepare for a trial – the Brattle team crafted and executed the complex analyses required, and we worked on the optimal presentation for the trial. We were happy to learn that the trial ended with a favorable result for the client! On a different project in the securities space, we worked on a series of arbitrations, and I had the opportunity to work directly with many lawyers and law firms.

As an associate, you are often a key point person on a project, sitting between senior staff, junior staff, the client, and the expert. I found that my education, primarily my MBA, has been very beneficial to me in terms of execution and thinking at a higher level on and across my projects. I have been lucky to enjoy a mix of project work, some of which includes cases with finance or investment content that I specialize in, and other that involve different aspects of the firm. This has been one of the most rewarding aspects at Brattle, the ability to work with and mentor analysts. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to get to know analysts and hopefully help them with their long term career goals. Brattle is very supportive of working collaboratively across all of its offices. I’ve worked from several of Brattle’s offices in different cities and have enjoyed the chance to meet and work with colleagues in all of our locations. This continues to be the most beneficial piece of working at Brattle, the opportunity to work with great colleagues and clients.

 
"The best part about working at Brattle is the freedom I have to follow my interests, while working on diverse and interesting projects across Brattle's offices."
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Lucia Bazzucchi, Ph.D., University of Ferrara (Italy)

Before Brattle

I have a diverse background rooted in a genuine passion for knowledge and critical thinking. During college I studied management for arts, culture, and communication, which was a perfect match between my passion for performing arts and social sciences (I performed in several dance and theater shows at the professional level during my time in school). After spending a semester studying in Amsterdam and an internship at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, I completed a major in economics and social sciences. Upon graduation and after one year in the banking sector, I returned to school to receive a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Ferrara in Italy. I also had the opportunity to attend Columbia University in New York, where I received a Master’s degree in Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences.

Luckily enough, completing my Ph.D. program coincided with the opening of Brattle’s new office in Rome. I was looking for a work environment to apply my skills in applied economics, and Brattle came along naturally when looking at opportunities in economic consulting within the Italian market. I decided to accept an offer to join Brattle because I saw an intriguing opportunity to be part of a team of economists and experts challenged with developing the local market. The people I met during the interview process impressed me with their energy and enthusiasm about their job and working at Brattle.

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At Brattle

Since joining Brattle, the Rome office has grown rapidly, and so has my role. I believe my career development has been influenced by several factors, including the specific project work I have been involved in spanning Brattle’s offices, and the continuous inspiration I receive from my colleagues, which has always pushed me to go the extra mile. As associates, we must efficiently manage both external and internal relationships, while building our role as an expert in certain fields. As I grow in the associate role, I am building a network in the infrastructure area both in Italy and abroad, and have had the opportunity to work in state aid and competition cases, and cases involving damages quantification in international arbitration. Brattle also offers a flexible environment, which creates greater opportunities to directly interact with senior-level staff, including principals and external clients. This kind of exposure definitely helps to develop effective communication skills. Within Brattle, I have been recently involved in recruiting and training new RAs, which, despite making me feeling a bit too old, is greatly satisfying to watch people grow in their careers.

The best part about working at Brattle is the freedom I have to follow my interests, while working on diverse and interesting projects across Brattle’s offices. I appreciate that Brattle has effectively created a “Brattle identity” across all its offices. The firm’s core values, such as the rigorousness of the analysis, the objectivity of work, and the respect for the individual, are strongly perceivable and respected across offices.

 
"The best part about working at Brattle is the opportunity to learn about the nature of business in a variety of industries."
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Marek Zapletal, Ph.D., Michigan

Before Brattle

After receiving my Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Economics, Prague, I moved to Washington, D.C. While interning at Mercatus Center, an economic and policy think tank, I got to interact with Vernon Smith, a Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, as well as some other extraordinary economists who inspired me to pursue a graduate degree in the economics field. After receiving an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, I enrolled into a Ph.D. program in Business Economics at the University of Michigan, where I studied effects of regulation on entrepreneurship. When taking breaks from dissertation work with large business micro-data, I competed in ballroom dancing, trained for a Marathon, and learned some Aikido, a form of martial arts.

Aside from having known that Brattle is a top economic consulting firm, one of my former classmates who had already been working at Brattle told me about the people, work, and culture at Brattle. The people I interacted with during the interview process made a strong positive impression on me, both in terms of their incisive questions and curiosity and their genuine friendly attitude.

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At Brattle

During my first year at Brattle, I got to work on several high-profile litigation cases in finance, transfer pricing, and environmental economics. I have closely interacted with experts, many of whom are prominent academics. I have also led calls with clients and had an opportunity to work with teams of various sizes to create significant contributions to reports and testimonies. Internally, I have participated in interviewing research analysts and associates, given a seminar on programming in R, and have helped to develop a firm-wide event study and derivatives trainings.

I have had opportunities to work with talented people and observe how they think, how they approach challenging aspects of the cases, and how they interact with clients and experts. I have also had opportunities to get insights into several industries and to refine my ability to reduce complex economic and financial problems to their essence and present findings in an easily digestible form. Even as a very detailed oriented person, I have been surprised by the focus and level of attention to detail at Brattle.

The best part about working at Brattle is the constant opportunity to learn from your colleagues and yours cases about the nature of business in a wide variety of industries, all while expanding one’s technical toolbox and having a chance to interact with prominent clients, experts, and remarkable colleagues.

 
"As a Brattle Associate I have been able to further develop my expertise, while working on a diverse set of cases which have expanded my analytical toolbox."
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Margaret McKeehan, Ph.D. from Rice University

Before Brattle

When I was just starting out as an undergraduate, I was intrigued by how economics could be leveraged as a tool for studying the impacts of policy on individuals and markets. Consequently, I took an internship with the USDA’s Farm Loan Programs. It was a dramatic period for government policy. I saw firsthand how the Great Recession was affecting agricultural prices and the sometimes surprising interactions between policy and economic conditions. My internship at the USDA inspired me to get more hands-on experience, so I took a job out of college as an investment analyst at an electric utility. After working there for two years, I realized I still had a great deal more to learn and decided to return to school.

As a Ph.D. student at Rice University I focused my research on tax policy. I wrote my dissertation on corporate and personal income taxation, using a combination of theoretical and empirical tools to understand how companies and individuals respond to taxation. This focus turned out to be a great fit for Brattle. As a Brattle Associate I have been able to further develop my expertise, while working on a diverse set of cases which have expanded my analytical toolbox.

Brattle stood out to me because it encourages employees to work on a diverse set of projects. Even though I joined Brattle with a relatively narrow interest – taxation – I knew that I would get to develop a wide variety of skills and work with a diverse portfolio of clients.

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At Brattle

My work, so far, has been remarkably diverse. I’ve worked on cases involving a variety of subjects (including valuation, fraud, transfer pricing, and capital structure) and a variety of industries (e.g., agriculture, mining, finance, and manufacturing). I chose to work on such a diverse set of projects because I wanted to build my analytical toolkit. Casework has been a way to learn from the expertise of other Brattle employees. 

Working as mentor and manager for research analysts has been a complete change for me. To effectively manage projects, I’ve had to improve my communication skills and learn to balance big picture information with practical details. This new role has also taught me to think critically about what can be learned from projects – effective coordination requires maximizing the use of existing skills while creating opportunities to develop new ones. 

 
"On project teams, I always feel encouraged to ask questions, and everyone always makes time to explain and answer them."
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Nguyet Nguyen, Ph.D. in Finance, University of Melbourne

Before Brattle

Prior to working at Brattle, I worked to complete  a Ph.D. in Finance at the University of Melbourne and hold a Bachelor of Quantitative Finance with Honours from the University of Adelaide. 


Upon the completion of my Ph.D., I wanted to explore opportunities in consulting firms with a focus on quantitative/analytical work and an international presence. Brattle was amongst the few that fit these criteria in the Australian market.

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At Brattle

My experience has been enjoyable so far. On project teams, I always feel encouraged to ask questions, and everyone always makes time to explain and answer them. There are many opportunities to take on more responsibilities, even at the early stage of the development path. I appreciate Brattle’s emphasis on mentoring and training, as well as the firm’s commitment to providing guidance and support towards long-term development of employees Though a number of projects I’ve worked are in related areas to my Ph.D. research, I feel that I am constantly learning and developing both skills and knowledge when working on diverse projects. I feel that the project team structure, often with senior research analysts, research analysts, and experts, facilitates quick learning on different aspects.

I am constantly amazed at how committed and enthusiastic Brattle analysts are. They are smart, always excited to be challenged, and would never say no when asked for help. They also do not hold back asking questions and trying to find answers to the problems at hand. I enjoy learning about their different backgrounds and interests, and their vision for the future. I think the ability to work with smart and driven colleagues in a collaborative environment is one of the biggest factors that Brattle has to offer.

Within the scope of a project, I find that Brattle principals take the time to train and develop the team, are willing to listen for new ideas, and let the team take on more responsibilities as they progress on the learning curve. Outside the scope of project work, the principals I’ve worked with are approachable for guidance and advice, and willing to act as mentors in different aspects of my work and career development.

I am always excited for the different projects that I have had the opportunity to have worked on, and I am hoping to explore more areas in the near future. I also, continue to appreciate the ongoing efforts in the firm to facilitate cross-office collaboration.

 
"Brattle's work has real impact. It leverages deep knowledge and expertise to make a difference for others."
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Parham Nasseri, MBA, Schulich School of Business

Before Brattle

I have over a decade of experience in assessing complex damages related to investment and financial services disputes. I hold experience as a CFA charterholder and received an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. At Schulich, my focus was entrepreneurial studies and strategic management, this was largely to compliment my analytical experience. I found the MBA experience helped open my eyes to the impact of true leadership and how creativity and innovation can help solve complex problems.

Brattle allows me to build on prior experiences and education to expand my horizon. It helps me to further develop my analytical framework to complex real world problems. More importantly, Brattle’s work has real impact. It leverages deep knowledge and expertise to make a difference for others. I like that. 

I loved Brattle’s awareness and emphasis on company culture. I really believe it to be a sustainable competitive advantage. 

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At Brattle

I’m genuinely impressed by the analysts and the overall team. To me, their willingness to always help illustrates the kindness and character of the people at Brattle. I believe Brattle lives up to the Steve Jobs’ motto of hiring smart people and letting them tell the company what to do.

I really enjoy the high degree of trust and latitude to try new things. You are encouraged and supported to spread your wings; whether it is focusing on business development or feeding the intellectual curiosity through research.

Compared to my prior experience, I find the diversity and depth of the work at Brattle to be exceptional. You are exposed to learning critical elements of a business or an industry and then you’re responsible for finding real life solutions. This is fun.

 
"I felt that at Brattle, I could make a difference in the future of the electricity industry."
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Roger Lueken, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

Before Brattle

I received my Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. I researched ways in which new technologies, such as batteries and electric vehicles, as well as changes in market designs could reduce emissions, lower costs, and improve reliability in the electric industry. Prior to my Ph.D., I worked as a consultant for the Federal government to help agencies reduce emissions and energy costs.

I was attracted to Brattle due to the very high level of respect that the firm has within the electricity industry and academia for producing high quality, unbiased analyses. I felt that at Brattle, I could make a difference in the future of the electricity industry. I was also attracted to the interesting work Brattle takes on.

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At Brattle

Overall, I have found the work at Brattle to be highly impactful and very interesting. I have worked on a wide variety of projects, including electricity market design issues, valuation of power plants, and evaluating carbon reduction strategies. As an associate, I have a leadership role in the design and presentation of a project’s analysis, which I enjoy. Brattle has given me the opportunity to shape and manage project analyses. I have also really enjoyed the first-hand exposure I’ve received to some of the most important issues in the industry.

By far the best thing about working at Brattle is the people. I have been very pleasantly surprised by the culture at Brattle and the great colleagues I have. Brattle is a very flat organization, which fosters a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.

 
"Brattle offers a very unique opportunity to hone research skills in an environment which also includes management responsibilities and a level of accountability that results in the highest quality work."
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Ryan Leary, Ph.D. in Economics, UNC Chapel Hill

Before Brattle

I graduated from Assumption College with majors in economics and accounting. I worked at a CPA firm for two years after graduating, but I knew I wanted to pursue a higher degree. In preparation for graduate school, I completed  a 24-credit summer at Boston University. There, I worked on upgrading my math and programming skills,  as I knew I wanted to further pursue economics.

I completed  my Ph.D. in Economics at UNC Chapel Hill, where I specialized in international finance. During the program, I received hands on experience in the  economic job market through internships at the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. I joined Brattle after receiving my Ph.D.

I was struck by the sharpness of the questions I received during my job talk at Brattle, as well as the positive way the feedback was delivered. Brattle stands out as the most entrepreneurial firm in the industry, giving new associates the most freedom and support in developing into a success. The development plan for associates begins right at the start, with a clear investment of time and effort in an associate’s long-term goals. 

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At Brattle

Brattle offers a very unique opportunity to hone research skills in an environment which also includes management responsibilities and a level of accountability that results in the highest quality work. The practical application of economics in high-stakes situations helps spur innovation and generates creative ways to approach questions.
 
I was instantly impressed with the diversity of the associate role and the high quality of the people at the firm. In my first project, I learned a great deal more about municipal debt even though it was the topic of my dissertation. As a team, we broke new ground to answer the questions posed by the case. This led to an ongoing collaboration with a Brattle principal to publish our work in academic journals.

While my experience was producing new research questions and solutions, I was also entrusted with significant management responsibility. I’ve had the chance to work with incredibly talented analysts in a collaborative environment that makes me more valuable than I could ever be alone. 

In my first few months at Brattle, I’ve done everything from aid in preparing training sessions to conducting calls with prominent clients about ongoing high profile cases. I’ve never learned so much in so short a time, and I look forward to where my development at Brattle will lead in the years to come.