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At a Glance


“Excellent compensation, high degree of responsibility.”

“Innovative work, creative individuals.”

“The cases we get are unique and extremely intellectually stimulating...”


“Environment can be stressful.”

“If you're not careful about varying your experiences...the subject matters of your cases become set in stone.”

“The lack of predictability of schedule with project work.”

The Buzz

“First-tier economic consulting.”

“Recent acquisitions of other consultancies.”

“Solid option for life science consulting.”

“Small firm with big reach.”

About Charles River Associates

Founded in 1965 and having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, Boston-based Charles River Associates (CRA) is a global consulting firm specializing in litigation, regulatory, financial, and management consulting. CRA provides economic and financial analysis in litigation and regulatory proceedings and guide businesses through critical strategy and operational issues.

Clients include national and international companies; federal, state, and local government agencies and foreign governments; public and private utilities; and trade associations, which operate in a number of industries. Among those industries are banking and capital markets, capital projects, chemicals, communications and media, energy and utilities, entertainment, financial services, health care, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, metals, mining, & materials, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, retail, sports, telecommunications and transportation. 

Growth at CRA
CRA has made good progress growing its two main areas of business recently: management consulting and litigation services. Under the former, its consultants offer advice on corporate and business unit strategy, performance improvement, portfolio management, market supply-demand dynamics, pricing, technology management, capital allocation, and managing for value. 

CRA's 2009 purchase of Marakon Associates' assets was a move intended to build a larger presence in the management consulting space and to complement its litigation and regulatory work. Under the terms of the deal, Marakon continues to operate as a distinct practice under CRA's umbrella, working closely with other CRA practices to meet a client's needs. 

Law firms, businesses, and government agencies also turn to the firm for its litigation support, expert analysis, and guidance on regulatory and corporate matters. CRA's consultants and academic affiliates have in-depth industry knowledge and expertise in economics, accounting, finance, and business. Service offerings include class certification, damages analysis, expert reports and testimony, and regulatory analysis. CRA also offers business advisory services, including strategy development, valuation of tangible and intangible assets, risk management, and transaction support. 

Because CRA consultants work in both management consulting and economic/litigation consulting, time on the road for business travel can vary by the type of consulting they do and by practice. Some management consultants spend three days per week on average working on-site at the client while travel for those working on economic/litigation matters can be low. 

Additionally, CRA has grown in their Life Sciences Practice. On January 31, 2017, the company announced their acquisition of C1 Consulting, a life sciences strategy consulting firm. The newly acquired team has provided additional breadth, depth, and scale to CRA’s client offerings across the industry.

Minding your Is and Ps 
CRA is a prolific publisher, regularly putting out studies, surveys, and reports. It also has a number of newsletters that focus on the energy industry, accounting and valuation, antitrust and competition issues, financial markets, life sciences, transfer pricing, and the oil and gas industry, among other subjects.

Charles River Associates

John Hancock Tower
200 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116-5092
Phone: (617) 425-3000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: CRAI
Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
President & CEO: Paul Maleh
2017 Employees (All Locations): 600

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA (World HQ)
Chicago, IL
College Station, TX
Dallas, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Oakland, CA
Pleasanton, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA
Summit, NJ
Tallahassee, FL
Washington, DC

Major Departments & Practices

Antitrust & Competition Economics

Auctions & Competitive Bidding



Financial Economics

Forensic Services

Intellectual Property

Labor & Employment

Life Sciences

Transfer Pricing


Antitrust & Competition

Auctions & Competitive Bidding

Class Certification

Cyber Crime Investigation

Damages & Valuation

eDiscovery & Structured Data

Financial Economics

Forensic Accounting & Investigation

Intellectual Property

International Arbitration

Labor & Employment

Management Consulting

Mergers & Acquisitions

Regulatory Economics & Compliance

Securities & Financial Markets

Transfer Pricing