Alan P. Meister

Principal Economist


Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Irvine
M.A., Economics, University of California, Irvine
B.A., Economics, University of California, Irvine

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Dr. Meister is an economist specializing in the application of economic analysis to litigation, regulatory, public policy, and business planning and operations matters.

Dr. Meister provides economic research, analysis, and expert testimony in various types of litigation matters, including antitrust, intellectual property, labor and employment, general commercial litigation, and class actions. He has served as an expert on liability issues, damages, and gaming industry practices and policies.  He has conducted damage analyses involving a wide range of claims, including anticompetitive conduct, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, business interruption, fraud, patent/trademark/trade dress infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, and wage and hour disputes.

In his public policy work, Dr. Meister has conducted economic analysis to identify and measure the effects of  the construction, expansion, and operation of various types of businesses; regulations; legislation; taxation; the passage of ballot initiatives; government programs and services; publicly funded projects; sporting and entertainment events; commercial and mixed-use developments in low-income areas; and medical research. His work has included economic and fiscal impact analyses, assessments of the contribution of businesses and industries to the economy, cost-benefit analyses, and surveys.

Dr. Meister leads the Gaming and Indian Gaming consulting practices at Nathan Associates, as well as its Native American Advisory Services. He has extensive experience analyzing economic issues related to the gaming industry, including Indian gaming, commercial casinos, racinos, card rooms, and online gaming. His consulting work has included damage analysis, economic and fiscal impact studies, industry and market analyses, public policy analysis, evaluations of regulations, analyses of land-in-trust gaming applications, economic assessments of tribal-state gaming compacts and revenue sharing, feasibility analysis, tribal socioeconomic needs assessments, surveys, and economic research, analysis, and expert testimony in litigation and regulatory matters. His clients have included gaming facility operators, industry suppliers, investors, governments, and gaming associations. Of particular note, he was previously commissioned by the National Indian Gaming Commission to independently analyze the economic effects of proposed regulatory changes.

Dr. Meister has also conducted years of independent, scholarly research on Indian gaming and authored a number of publications, most notably his annual study, the Indian Gaming Industry Report, which has been cited by the United States Supreme Court. He has presented his work at various academic, professional, and industry conferences, and testified before the California State Senate on gaming issues. Furthermore, his consulting and scholarly work have been used in matters before the Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Supreme Court, and the World Trade Organization.

In antitrust litigation matters, Dr. Meister has analyzed relevant product and geographic markets, the extent and magnitude of competition, market power, and harm to competition.  Dr. Meister has analyzed various antitrust issues, including monopolization, attempted monopolization, price fixing, tying, collusion, market allocation, exclusive dealing, and boycotting.  In antitrust class action matters, he has conducted economic analysis of issues that are central to the certification of a proposed class, including pass-through of alleged overcharges to end consumers in indirect purchaser cases.  In the class-certification stage of class action matters in general, Dr. Meister has conducted analysis of typicality, common impact, and the feasibility of assessing class-wide damages.

Dr. Meister has significant experience developing and implementing surveys and performing statistical analysis. He has conducted this work in wide range of contexts, including: analyses of liability and damages in litigation matters; public policy issues; and assessments of consumer behavior, racial profiling, forensic testing, and skill versus chance games. Prior to joining Nathan Associates, Dr. Meister was a teaching assistant for five years at the University of California, Irvine, where he assisted with teaching courses on probability, statistics, econometrics, and survey design. In addition, he worked for a market research firm that implemented surveys for the motion picture industry.

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Expert witness, damage analysis, public policy analysis, economic impact analysis, regulation and antitrust, gaming industry, Indian gaming, Native American advisory services, statistics, surveys

Industry Experience

Gaming; Indian gaming; hospitality; entertainment and sports; retail; real estate; construction; telecommunications; information; petroleum; computer hardware, software, and maintenance; automotive; electronics; manufacturing; food processing; paper products; pharmaceuticals; government; public safety; energy

Selected Publications & Presentations



Indian Gaming Industry Report. 2016 Edition. Newton: Casino City Press, March 2016.


“The Economic Evolution of Indian Gaming:  Results from the New Edition of the Indian Gaming Industry Report,” Indian Gaming Lawyer, 1,1 (Spring 2016).


“Indian Gaming Supplies Stabilized Growth to Gaming Industry,” American Gaming Lawyer 12, 1 (Spring 2016).


“Why are Californians Paying More for Gasoline—Anticompetitive Conduct or Competitive Market Dynamics?,”, October 2012.


“Indian Gaming and Beyond:  Tribal Economic Development and Diversification” (with Kathryn R.L. Rand and Steven A. Light). South Dakota Law Review 54, no. 3 (2009):  375-397. 


“Economic Assessment of the Cost-Benefit Study:  Proposed Class II Gaming Regulations.” Report commissioned by the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, 2008. 


“The Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Clean Fuels Project Alternative D on Kern County.” Report commissioned by Big West of California, 2008. 


“Questionable Federal ‘Guidance’ on Off-Reservation Indian Gaming:  Legal and Economic Issues” (with Kathryn R.L. Rand and Steven A. Light). Gaming Law Review and Economics 12, no. 3 (2008):  194–206. 


“The Potential Economic Impact of the October 2007 Proposed Class II Gaming Regulations.” Report commissioned by the National Indian Gaming Commission, 2008. 


“The Potential Economic and Fiscal Benefits of New Gaming Agreements with the Agua Caliente, Morongo, Pechanga, and Sycuan Bands of Indians.” Report commissioned by the Coalition to Protect California’s Budget & Economy, 2008. 


“Cost Analysis” (with Jeffrey H. Kinrich and Russell W. Mangum, III). In Intellectual Property Damages: Guidelines and Analysis. Edited by M. Glick, L. Reymann, and R. Hoffman. 2004 Supplement.  Hoboken:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004. 




“Tribal Gaming:  Economic Update,” Southern Gaming Summit, May 2016.


“The Economic State of Indian Gaming,” IMGL Spring 2016 Conference (International Masters of Gaming Law), April 2016.


“The Economic State of Indian Gaming,” presentation at 9th Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference (Native Nation Events), April 2016.


"Indian Gaming Economic Update," at National Indian Gaming Association Trade Show & Convention, March 2016.


"The Economic Impact of Indian Gaming–Telling the Story," at National Indian Gaming Association Trade Show & Convention, March 2016.


“The State of Indian Gaming & Challenges that Lie Ahead,” Gaming Law Minefield 2016 (American Bar Association), February 2016. 


“Challenges Facing Indian Gaming,” presentation at National Indian Gaming Association Mid-Year Conference & Expo, November 2015.


“The State of Indian Gaming,” presentation at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2015, September 2015.


“The Economic Impact of Indian Gaming,” presentation at Gaming Experts Forum (American Gaming Association), July 2015.


American Economic Association

National Association for Business Economics

American Statistical Association

American Bar Association (Associate Member)

Los Angeles County Bar Association (Associate Member)

International Masters of Gaming Law (Affiliated Member)

Gaming Law Review and Economics (Editorial Board)

Native Nation Events,LLC (Advisory Board)

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