NEW YORK--()--NERA Economic Consulting, a leading global provider of economic advice and analysis in business, legal, and regulatory matters, today announced that Dr. Kent D. Van Liere has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Dr. Vladimir Starkov has been promoted to Vice President.
Dr. Van Liere has expertise in statistics, sampling, survey research methods, and market research. He regularly testifies at trial and in deposition on the use of surveys, sampling, and statistical analysis in a range of cases. Based in San Francisco and Denver, Dr. Van Liere's litigation and project experience includes product liability, mass torts, false advertising, trademark infringement, labor, and antitrust matters. Recent cases in intellectual property include testimony regarding surveys in Apple v. Samsung and Rosetta Stone v. Google. In product liability, he has recently testified in McAdam’s v. Monier, Inc. (roof materials class action) and People of California v. Atlantic Richfield et al. (a lead paint matter). Previously, Dr. Van Liere was a CEO or Principal with several market research companies. He also was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee. He holds a PhD and MA in sociology from Washington State University and a BA in sociology from Hamline University.
Dr. Starkov, based in NERA’s Chicago office, specializes in the areas of intercompany pricing and asset valuation. He has participated in engagements involving various tax controversy situations, negotiation and implementation support for Advance Pricing Agreements with tax authorities, design of intercompany pricing methodologies, valuation of intangible property transferred in intercompany transactions, including cost-sharing agreements, and preparation of transfer pricing documentation. He has conducted business valuation, including closely held businesses, and valuation of stock option compensation. He has also worked on a consulting engagement focused on improving internal controls over modeling of allowances for a bank's bad debt losses. Dr. Starkov holds a PhD and MA in economics from West Virginia University and an MS in environmental engineering from Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology, Russia.
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