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 strategic business 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 conducted damage analyses involving a wide range of claims, including anticompetitive conduct; tortious interference with current and prospective business; breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing; patent, trademark, and trade dress infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets; wage and hour disputes; fraud; and business interruption.

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 Industry and Indian Gaming consulting practices at Nathan Associates. He has extensive experience analyzing economic issues related to the gaming industry, including Indian gaming, commercial casinos, racinos, card rooms, and online gaming. His work has included damage analyses, economic and fiscal impact studies, industry and market analyses, evaluations of regulatory policies, economic assessments of land-in-trust gaming applications, analyses of tribal-state gaming compacts and revenue sharing, feasibility analyses, tribal socioeconomic needs assessments, surveys, and economic analysis and expert testimony in litigation and regulatory matters.  He has also conducted years of independent, scholarly research on the gaming industry and authored a number of publications, most notably his annual study, the Indian Gaming Industry Report.

Dr. Meister’s gaming work is relied on by the gaming industry, governments, and the investment community. He has presented his work at various academic, professional, and industry conferences, and testified before the California State Senate on gaming issues. Furthermore, his research and analyses have been relied upon in matters before the United States Supreme Court and the World Trade Organization, and cited by the Supreme Court. In addition, he was previously commissioned by the National Indian Gaming Commission to independently analyze the economic effects of proposed regulatory changes.

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Expert witness, damage analysis, public policy analysis, economic impact analysis, regulation and antitrust, gaming industry, Indian gaming, 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

Selected Publications & Presentations


Indian Gaming Industry Report. 2015 Edition. Newton: Casino City Press, March 2015.

"Indian Gaming Outpaced by Commercial Casino and Racino Segments," Casino Lawyer 10, 1 (Spring 2014): 20-22.

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

“Not All Indian Gaming is Alike.” Casino Lawyer 7, no. 1 (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 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.


"The Economic State of Indian Gaming," at National Indian Gaming Association Trade Show & Convention, March and April 2015.

“The Economic State of Indian Gaming,” at National Indian Gaming Association Trade Show & Convention, May 2014.

“Analysis of Land-Into-Trust Acquisitions for Gaming,” IMGL Spring 2014 Conference (International Masters of Gaming Law), April 2014.

“Indian Gaming Economic Update,” Gaming Law Minefield 2014 (American Bar Association), February 2014.

"Indian Gaming Economic Update," Northwestern Gaming Law Summit, December 2013.

“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.


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)

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