Dr. Brent Lutes is an economist with broad experience consulting for attorneys and companies involved in complex commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings.

He has extensive experience in intellectual property, commercial damages, and rate regulation matters. Dr. Lutes has consulted on numerous infringement cases involving commercial success, preliminary injunctions, domestic industry analysis for Section 337 inquiries, and damages. Such matters include a number of major biosimilar and biologic market entry matters, consumer products, and telecommunications services.

In the context of commercial damages, Dr. Lutes has consulted on issues involving data security and privacy violations, product liability class actions, and contract disputes. In the context of rate regulation, he regularly submits reports to and appears in front of the Federal Communications Commission on matters related to subsidized telecom services.

Dr. Lutes has further industry experience in the pharmaceutical, consumer product, cryptocurrency, medical device, and transportation sectors. While his interests and skills are diverse, they tend to revolve around the practical application of microeconomic analysis to address real-world (and interesting) problems.

Prior to earning his PhD, Dr. Lutes was a member of the US Armed Forces.

Practices
Education

University of California, Irvine, PhD and MA in Economics
San Diego State University, BA in Economics

Testimony

June 2019

Before the Federal Communications Commission: In the Matter of Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities; Docket No. 03-123. Appeared in front of the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB) regarding rate regulation, June 2019.

March, April, and November 2019

Before the Federal Communications Commission: In the Matter of Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities; Structure and Practices of the Video Relay Service Program; Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service, CG Docket Nos. 13-24, 10-51, and 03-123. Appeared in front of CGB regarding economic analysis report, April 2019; appeared in front of CGB regarding rate methodology, November 2019; submitted an economic analysis report on behalf of a regulated service provider, March 2019.

August and November 2017, November 2018

Before the Federal Communications Commission: In the Matter of Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service; Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities CG Docket Nos. 13-24, 03-123. Submitted report on behalf of the service provider, August 2017; submitted an economic analysis report on behalf of the service provider, November 2017; Appeared in front of the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Service (iTRS) advisory committee regarding rate regulation, November 2018.