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Dr. Neels has more than 30 years of research and consulting experience in all aspects of the transportation sector.

His work involves all segments of transportation, including airlines, air traffic management, aircraft manufacturing, freight and passenger rail, trucking, auto manufacturing and distribution, urban, postal and courier. He has led many engagements involving issues of competition and market structure, pricing and revenue management, distribution, business strategy, e-commerce, regulation, and public policy. His work has addressed problems in system planning, project finance, regulatory policy, privatization, and congestion management.

Dr. Neels has extensive experience providing expert testimony regarding damages arising from misappropriation of intellectual property. He has been called upon both by defendants and plaintiffs in matters alleging patent infringement, and in matters involving theft of trade secrets. While his work in intellectual property has involved a number of different industries and products, he brings to this work a particular expertise in the biomedical area. He has successfully concluded a number of litigation consulting and research projects for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. He has served on the faculty of one of the leading providers of continuing legal education, addressing cutting edge issues in the economics of patent damages.

In addition to his work involving intellectual property, Dr. Neels is frequently called upon to offer expert testimony in other regulatory and legal proceedings. In the regulatory area his work has analyzed issues relating to access pricing, cross-subsidy, market power, incentive regulation, rate setting, and cost structure in the context of transportation and other multi-product network industries. In legal proceedings he has testified on geographic and product market definition, and addressed allegations of price fixing and charges of attempted monopolization. His testimony often involves quantification of damages. He has calculated damages arising from a variety of different causes, including antitrust violations, breach of contract, and of course, misappropriation of intellectual property. He has also often been asked to criticize damage studies introduced into evidence by opposing experts.

Prior to joining The Brattle Group, Dr. Neels served as Vice President and leader of the transportation consulting practice at CRA International. He also founded the pharmaceutical consulting practice at that firm. He has served as a researcher in the Urban Policy Program at the Rand Corporation and the Transportation Studies Program at the Urban Institute, as a Director in the Transportation Practice at the consulting firm of Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, and as a Management Consultant in the Transportation Practice of the firm now known as KPMG.


Expert Reports submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation (Docket No. OST-2004-19214), 2005, on behalf of American Airlines, regarding the competitive impact of the proposed application for antitrust immunity of an airline alliance consisting of Delta, Northwest, KLM, Air France, Alitalia, and Czech Airlines.

James D. Reitzes, Dorothy Robyn , and Kevin Neels
Market-Based Cost Allocation Principles for Postal Services
February 20, 2018
Published in The Criterion Journal

This article proposes a market-based procedure for assigning costs to groups of postal services, which are often required for public policy reasons to charge uniform prices for core letter-mail services that have some degree of cross-subsidization across classes of core customers.

Warranted Surveillance? Evaluating the Economic Case for Space-Based ADS-B
January 2017
Dorothy Robyn and Kevin Neels
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Border Adjustment Import Taxation: Impact on the U.S. Crude Oil and Petroleum Product Markets
December 16, 2016

The whitepaper finds that the U.S. House of Representatives’ Tax Reform Task Force Blueprint (the Blueprint) would lead to an increase in the domestic price of crude oil.

A Quick Guide to Patent Damages Discovery
August 15, 2016
Kevin Neels, Pallavi Seth, and Jeffrey C. Metzcar
Published in Law360
The article discusses the types of information attorneys and economic experts find valuable in patent infringement litigation.
Determining Injury From Trade Secret Misappropriation At ITC
December 2015
Mark L. Whitaker, Pallavi Seth, and Kevin Neels
Published in Law360
A Review of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Draft Regulatory Impact Analysis
November 14, 2014
Prepared for The Railway Supply Institute, Committee on Tank Cars
The Economic Cost of Airline Flight Delay
January 2013
Nathan Barczi, Everett B. Peterson, Kevin Neels, and Thea Graham
Published in Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Volume 47, No. 1
Beyond the Casino Floor: Economic Impacts of the Commercial Casino Industry
February 2012
Published by American Gaming Association
Effects of Discriminatory Excise Taxes on Car Rentals: Unintentional Impacts on Minorities, Low Income Households, and Auto Purchases
June 10, 2010
Prepared for Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Future of Open Skies: Will We Implement Phase II, and What Will It Look Like?
March 11, 2008
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Structural Causes of Airline Cyclicality: Are We Sowing the Seeds for the Next Downturn?
January 14, 2008
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
News & Events
February 20, 2018
Kevin Neels Co-Authors Article on Postal Services Cost Allocation

Brattle Principal Kevin Neels recently co-authored an article published in The Criterion Journal on Innovation, discussing the economic theory and public policy challenges presented by pricing postal services and a proposed market-based procedure for allocating costs.

May 08, 2017
Kevin Neels to Present at USPTO Symposium on Trade Secret Protection

Brattle Principal Kevin Neels will present during the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) public symposium, “Developments in Trade Secret Protection,” taking place May 8, 2017 in Alexandria, VA and via webcast.

December 16, 2016
Tax Reform Task Force Blueprint Could Lead to Increase in Domestic Retail Prices of Gasoline and Diesel Fuel, According to Brattle Whitepaper

A whitepaper released today by leading energy and commodities expert Philip Verleger and economists at The Brattle Group finds that the U.S. House of Representatives’ Tax Reform Task Force Blueprint (the Blueprint) would lead to an increase in the domestic price of crude oil.

August 15, 2016
Article by Brattle Economists Provides Guide to Patent Damages Discovery

Brattle Principals Kevin Neels and Pallavi Seth, along with Jeffrey C. Metzcar, partner at Thompson Hine, recently wrote an article published in Law360 discussing the types of information attorneys and economic experts find valuable in patent infringement litigation.

July 13, 2016
Kevin Neels Presents on Rail Tank Car Safety at NTSB Roundtable Discussion

Brattle Principal Kevin Neels will present at the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Roundtable Discussion, “A Dialogue on What’s Next in Rail Tank Car Safety,” taking place July 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.

December 07, 2015
Brattle Economists Co-Author Article on Determining Injury from Trade Secret Misappropriation before the ITC

Brattle economists Pallavi Seth and Kevin Neels have recently written an article that examines the types of evidence required to show injury to a domestic industry from trade secret misappropriation before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

May 18, 2015
Brattle Economists Analyze Injury to the Domestic Industry for American Crane Manufacturer in a Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Investigation at the ITC

Brattle consultants assisted counsel for Manitowoc Cranes in analyzing the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement in a case before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

December 21, 2014
Brattle Report on Proposed Changes for Tank Cars with Hazardous Materials Cited in Wall Street Journal

A Brattle report authored by principals Kevin Neels and Mark Berkman, “A Review of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Draft Regulatory Impact Analysis,” was recently cited in The Wall Street Journal’s recent article “Railcar Bottleneck Looms for Oil.”

December 02, 2014
Proposed Department of Transportation Rule Could Cost $60 Billion According to Brattle Economists

A report authored by Brattle economists finds that a new rule for rail tank car standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) could cost more than $60 billion due to tank cars modifications, lost tank car service time, and possible increased shipping costs.

August 04, 2014
Kevin Neels Quoted in Marketplace Article on the Use of Airplanes to Collect Weather Data

Brattle principal Kevin Neels was recently quoted in a Marketplace radio story titled “Airplanes become the new weather balloons,” about the potential economic benefits of new weather data gathering technology being installed on airplanes.