Dr. Meister is an economist specializing in the application of economic analysis to litigation, regulatory, public policy, and strategic business matters. He leads the Indian Gaming and Gaming Industry consulting practices at Nathan Associates, as well as its Native American Advisory Services.
Dr. Meister has broad experience providing litigation consulting services and has assisted attorneys in all phases of pretrial and trial practice. He has conducted damage analyses in a wide variety of cases, including antitrust; patent, trademark, and trade dress infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets; breach of contract; labor disputes; fraud; and business interruption.
In his public policy work, Dr. Meister has conducted economic analysis to identify and measure the effects of regulations; legislation; taxation; the passage of ballot initiatives; introductions, expansions, and closures of businesses and industries; the infusion of capital into a region; and sporting and entertainment events. His work has included economic and fiscal impact studies, industry and market analyses, cost-benefit studies, and surveys.
Dr. Meister has extensive experience analyzing economic issues related to the gaming industry, especially Indian and online gaming. His work has included economic and fiscal impact analyses, industry and market analyses, assessments of regulatory policies, analyses of Tribal-State gaming compacts and revenue sharing, feasibility studies, surveys, and economic analysis and expert testimony in litigation and regulatory matters. He has also conducted years of independent, academic research on Indian gaming and authored a number of publications, most notably the Indian Gaming Industry Report, an annual study that has received national recognition.
Dr. Meister’s Indian gaming work is regularly cited by the press and relied on by the gaming industry, governments, and the investment community. His research and analyses have been relied on in matters before the United States Supreme Court and a panel of the World Trade Organization. He has been commissioned by the National Indian Gaming Commission to independently analyze the economic effects of proposed regulatory changes. He has also presented his work at various academic, professional, and industry conferences, and testified before the California State Senate on Indian gaming issues.
Economics and Business Specialties
Native American issues
Political economy/public choice
Statistics and econometrics
Litigation and Business Consulting Experience
Contract, fraud, and other commercial litigation
Native American issues
Survey design, research, and analysis
Expert witness, public policy, gaming industry, Native American advisory services, damage analysis, regulation and antitrust, statistics
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; public safety
Indian Gaming Industry Report, 2013 Edition, Newton: Casino City Press, February 2013.
“Why are Californians Paying More for Gasoline–Anticompetitive Conduct or Competitive Market Dynamics?,” LeftCoastLaw.com, October 25, 2012.
“Indian Gaming on the Rise Again … But Not Everywhere or For All Tribes,” Casino Lawyer 8, 1 (Spring 2012): 16-18.
“Not All Indian Gaming is Alike,” Casino Lawyer 7, 1 (Spring 2011): 11-13.
“Indian Gaming and Beyond: Tribal Economic Development and Diversification” (with Kathryn R.L. Rand and Steven A. Light), South Dakota Law Review, Spring 2009, 54(3): 375-397.
“Economic Assessment of the Cost-Benefit Study: Proposed Class II Gaming Regulations,” independent report commissioned by the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, November 2008.
“The Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Clean Fuels Project Alternative D on Kern County,” report commissioned by Big West of California, October 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, June 2008, 12(3): 194-206.
“The Potential Economic Impact of the October 2007 Proposed Class II Gaming Regulations,” independent report commissioned by the National Indian Gaming Commission, February 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, January 2008.
“Cost Analysis” (with Jeffrey H. Kinrich and Russell W. Mangum, III), Chapter in Intellectual Property Damages: Guidelines and Analysis, edited by M. Glick, L. Reymann, and R. Hoffman, Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004.
“The Economic Impact of Indian Gaming on Tribes & their Surrounding Communities,” National Indian Gaming Association Trade Show & Convention, April 2013.
“The Economic State of Indian Gaming,” Gaming Law Minefield 2013 (American Bar Association), February 2013.
“The Economic State of Indian Gaming,” IMGL Spring 2012 Conference (International Masters of Gaming Law), April 2012.
“California Indian Gaming: Review and Outlook,” TASIN Legislative Summit, December 2009.
“Looking Beyond Indian Gaming,” Southwestern Indian Gaming Conference & Expo, June 2009.
“Questionable Federal Guidance Regarding Off-Reservation Indian Gaming,” 14th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking, May 2009.
“Indian Gaming & Beyond: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow,” 17th Annual Great Plains/Midwest/Rocky Mountain Conference & Tradeshow, May 2009.
“Economic Trends in Indian Gaming,” National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 65th Annual Convention and Trade Show, October 2008.