Dr. Berkman is an expert in applied microeconomics in the areas of the environment, energy, and natural resources; environmental health and safety; discrimination; and intellectual property.
He has assisted both public and private clients and provided testimony before state and federal courts, arbitration panels, regulatory bodies, and legislatures.
His environmental work has involved the review of proposed air, water, solid waste, and worker and product safety regulations. Dr. Berkman has quantified the costs and benefits of these regulations, as well as toxic tort and product liability claims. In addition, he has valued natural and water resources as well as property damages associated with pollution from Superfund sites, landfills, and power plants.
His work on energy matters includes the valuation of coal resources, power plants, and transmission rights-of-way. He has extensive experience working with Native American tribes on these matters.
Dr. Berkman also has substantial experience in labor and discrimination litigation. He has conducted several studies of discrimination by mortgage lenders for federal regulators and conducted internal reviews to detect such practices on behalf of lending institutions. He has conducted statistical analyses of alleged discrimination in hiring, promotion, pay, and contracting, and completed damage analyses regarding these allegations. His clients in these matters include public agencies and corporations.
Clients in a variety of industries, ranging from computer chip to shoe manufacturers, have sought Dr. Berkman’s assistance to calculate damages in intellectual property cases. He has testified at both depositions and trials at the state and federal level regarding these calculations.