Dr. Michael P. Akemann has been engaged in economic research and consulting for the past twenty years.

He is an expert on damages issues in intellectual property (IP), antitrust, and other complex commercial litigation matters. He is also an expert on antitrust liability and class certification issues, with a particular focus on the analysis of exclusive dealing and other vertical restraints.

Dr. Akemann has testified at deposition and trial in US federal courts and California state courts on IP damages; Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) considerations; antitrust matters; and other commercial damages issues. He has also testified at deposition and trial on public interest, domestic industry, and tailored remedies issues on matters before the US International Trade Commission; and on FRAND-related issues before the Shenzhen (China) People’s Intermediate Court.

Dr. Akemann has experience working in a wide variety of fields, including the smartphone, computer hardware and software, semiconductor, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, payment cards, cable television, and transportation industries.

Dr. Akemann graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at San Diego with a BA in economics and political science. Dr. Akemann also holds an MA and a PhD in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he focused on industrial organization and game theory. He has published articles on a variety of issues in the field of economics, including analyses of exclusive dealing contracts, other vertical contractual restraints, and complex damages issues. These publications have appeared in a number of outlets, including the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Corporation Law, Intellectual Asset Management Magazine, and the Handbook of Marketing Analytics.

Professional Affiliations

American Economic Association

American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
Associate member

Areas of Expertise


University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, Economics, 1998
MA, Economics, 1996

University of California, San Diego
BA, Economics and Political Science, 1993


UCLA Business and Economics Society Fellowship, 1998

Pauley Foundation Fellowship, Edward W. Pauley Foundation, UCLA, 1997

UCLA Department of Economics Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Performance as a Teaching Assistant, 1995