|Like many of his MiCRA colleagues,
Ken Baseman began his career at the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department
of Justice. After eight years, he left the government and joined ICF,
Inc., an economic consulting firm, where he ended up working with Steve
Silberman, David Eisenstadt, Bruce Snapp, and Rick
members of this group decided to form MiCRA in 1991, Ken drew the short
straw and became managing partner, and he held that position until he
came to his senses in the fall of 2004 and cleverly conned Bruce Snapp
into taking over these duties.
Throughout his career, Ken has specialized in antitrust and regulatory
economics, building up a broad background in industries such as newspapers,
broadcast and cable television, chemicals, international crude oil,
tires, automobile components, aerospace, telecommunications, electric
utilities, and various aspects of intellectual property. He is also
an expert and successful expert witness on the economics of exclusionary
As a consultant, Ken has represented public- and private-sector clients
in a number of high-profile matters. These include LePage’s v.
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, in which Ken represented LePage’s
in its successful antitrust challenge to 3M’s marketing programs.
In addition, he testified for the Antitrust Division in both the Detroit
newspaper JOA proceeding and in the Division’s successful challenge
to a Northwest Arkansas newspaper merger (U.S. v. Donrey). Finally,
Ken was also involved in Concord Boat v. Brunswick, a case in which
the plaintiff alleged that Brunswick’s market share discounts
for stern drive boat engines were designed to exclude the only other
competitor. The Federal Trade Commission opened an investigation and
considered filing an amicus brief favoring the plaintiff, but Ken’s
presentation on behalf of Brunswick helped convince them to refrain.
(Micra principal Rick Warren-Boulton testified successfully for Brunswick
at the trial.)
With respect to regulatory economics, Ken has submitted written testimony
concerning issues such as: the costs and benefits of line-of-business
restrictions for profit-regulated monopolists; the effects of alternatives
to traditional rate-of-return regulation; the effects on consumers of
cable deregulation; economic and competitive issues relevant to expanded
interconnection by local telephone companies with emerging sources of
competition; and the market power implications of abandonment proposals
for natural gas pipelines.
Since shedding his managerial burdens, Ken has had more time to pursue
his favorite pastime, golf. A life-long fan, Ken was a member of Carlton’s
golf team as an undergraduate and continued to play his way through
graduate school at Stanford. Today, he is the perennial favorite to
win the prestigious EAG Master’s Tournament, which is named after
the Economic Analysis Group, the Antitrust Division group where Ken’s
career got its start.