With a strong reputation in economic and litigation consulting, Bates White is almost immune from the vagaries of the business cycle—a fact that has stood it in good stead over the past few years. Among consultants, the word most often used to describe the firm is “academic”—something that connotes both the type of work it does, and the fact that many of its senior employees are recruited directly out of PhD programs at top colleges. Known for training and development, this is a firm that will appeal to anyone seeking a top-tier econom...

Company Stats


Employer Type




101-500 Employees


Featured Rankings

Vault Consulting 50


Major Departments/Practice Areas

Antitrust and Competition


Major Office Locations

Washington, DC


Employment Contact

Susie Chapman

Firsthand Findings

One of the better-known names in economic and litigation consulting, Bates White has remained steady throughout the pandemic, and draws praise from insiders for the smooth transition to an online model. Whether it continues to offer a hybrid model in the aftermath, however, remains to be seen.

On a day to day basis, insiders seem to enjoy the firm’s academic culture, as well as its commitment to ensuring that employees—especially at junior levels—work reasonable hours. Additionally, the firm’s training and development programs are widely regarded as a key asset by consultants.

On the down side, there is a feeling among some consultants—particularly those in earlier stages of their careers—that compensation is less generous for the skills require...

About the Company

Bates White is a mid-sized consultancy specializing in advanced economic, financial and econometric analysis. The company's professional staff-among them economists, econometricians, financial analysts, and IT specialists-help law firms, corporations, and government entities address complex matters that require sophisticated problem solving and deep empirical analysis.

Co-founders Charles Bates and Halbert White set the bar as high for excellence as they did for diversity. They created a culture where bright minds from diverse backgrounds work together to build strong, collaborative relationships with clients, within teams, and in the community." The firm is uniquely focused on the cultivation of diversity within its ranks. It regularly tests, implements, and evaluates initiatives aimed at the heterogeneous widening of the...

Employee Reviews

  • “At Bates White, you get to work with the smartest people in the business. The quality standard is unmatched.”
  • “Bates White is incredibly intentional with developing and maintaining its culture and this creates an environment where I am happy to go to work each day.”
  • “Bates White's culture as it pertains to mentorship and transparency is great. I have always felt like people at this firm are committed to mentoring more junior employees. Firm leadership is also usually transparent with decisions and able to engage in dialogue with the firm as a whole.”
  • “Economic consulting and economic expert witness work is intellectually rigorous and challenging, more so than I experienced while in an academic position prior to joining Bates White. The adversarial nature means that you need to defend your work against well financed and highly motivated experts. It can be stressful, but in the end is very rewarding.”
  • “The big thing that sets Bates White apart from competitors is the opportunities for advancement without an advanced degree. The firm puts a huge emphasis on mentorship because there are opportunities at the senior level for employees hired first year out of undergrad. This is not true at a lot of econ consulting firms and is a huge upside for anyone interested in moving up in an industry that is typically dominated by testifiers with advanced degrees.”

Getting Hired Here

  • “A candidate should be inquisitive, logical, and possess good communication skills. Any quantitative experience and background is also a huge plus for candidates.”
  • “First-round interviews consist of a case study and a set of behavioral interview questions. Then, some candidates are offered a second-round full day interview, with multiple case studies and rounds of behavioral interviews with different members of the firm. During the interview day, you'll meet people at different levels from consultant to partner. The ideal candidate is very comfortable with numbers and data and can think through economic problems. The lunch interview is evaluative. “
  • “I recently joined the firm and was impressed by their hiring practices. I had the opportunity to speak with many professionals in different departments in the firm to better understand the collegial workplace. During those interviews, I learned how the firm values honestly, integrity and hard work to deliver excellence to clients.”
  • “The firm genuinely just wants smart and interesting people. No matter the background, if you are smart you can learn and add value to whatever team you are on. Moreover, when spending many hours together working, having interesting and engaging people makes it easier and more fun!”
  • “The ideal candidate has strong quantitative skills, as well as a good writer, with a sincere interest in economics; is intellectually curious; is a great team player, willing and able to share their knowledge with others; is highly collegial; and wants to be part of a community, and help build a community, and not just go someplace to collect a paycheck; it's also someone who can take initiative. As people progress through the ranks, it helps to have an entrepreneurial streak so that you can contribute to the further growth of the firm.”

Perks & Benefits