SOURCE: LECG Corporation

October 10, 2006 08:46 ET

LECG Continues Growth in United States & Europe

Hires Healthcare Experts in US and Former Deputy Head at DG Competition in Europe

EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- LECG (NASDAQ: XPRT), a global expert services firm, today announced 12 director-level additions to its expert talent pool including two internal promotions. New director-level experts include: Justin Coombs, Shel Ekdahl, Anne Layne-Farrar, Gerald Lewandowski, John MacDonald, Joseph Mann, Cathy Niden, David Ownby, Henri Piffaut, Douglas Reichert, John Stacey, and Glenn Whittington.

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Justin Coombs, recently promoted to director in London, has over 15 years experience as an applied economist working in the fields of competition law and economic regulation. He was formerly with the Office of Fair Trading as the director responsible for enforcing UK and EC antitrust law in the service sector of the UK economy. He has an MA in economics from the University of Connecticut, a BSc in economics and statistics from University of Keele, as well as a postgraduate certificate in competition policy from Nottingham Trent University.

Shel Ekdahl is a director in the Lake Oswego, Oregon office of Bates Private Capital, an LECG company. He has expertise in the pricing, structuring, and marketing of complex financial products and derivatives for investing, hedging, and fundraising purposes. Prior to LECG, Mr. Ekdahl was a principal at Robertson Stephens in San Francisco for equity financial products. He also has worked for BNP Paribas in London and in New York, where he served as director and head of equity derivatives marketing in North America, as well as for Nordea in Hong Kong, Japan, and Sweden. Mr. Ekdahl has a BS in economics from Lund University, Sweden.

Anne Layne-Farrar, recently promoted to director in Chicago, focuses on economic and regulatory issues surrounding intellectual property, particularly patents, and has considerable experience in the economic analysis of regulatory issues. Prior to joining LECG, she was a consulting economist with NERA and Lexecon. Dr. Layne-Farrer holds PhD and MA degrees in economics from the University of Chicago, and a BA in economics from Indiana University.

Gerald Lewandowski, a managing director in Washington, DC, provides consultation, strategic advice, and analysis to clients and their counsel regarding economic, information technology, regulatory, damages, and discovery issues. His practice is focused primarily in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries addressing issues related to complex information systems, contracting arrangements, and government regulations. Mr. Lewandowski has extensive experience assisting clients in high-profile class action lawsuits, multi-district litigation, and government investigations. Prior to joining LECG, he was a managing director at Navigant Consulting. Mr. Lewandowski received a BBA degree in accounting from the College of William and Mary.

John "Tri" MacDonald, a senior managing director in Washington, DC, is a member of the LECG's executive management committee and has over 20 years of litigation and business advisory experience. He works with clients, primarily in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, on legal, regulatory, and financial issues. Mr. MacDonald has testified on matters involving economic damages, breach of contract, fraud, and class certification, among other issues. Prior to joining LECG, he was a managing director with Navigant Consulting, where he chaired the firm's healthcare and life sciences practice. Mr. MacDonald received a BBA degree in accounting from Georgetown University.

Joseph Mann, a director in Washington, DC, provides litigation technology and enterprise content management solutions, and has national and international experience advising clients on electronic discovery, computer forensics, database development, data analysis, and repository services. Prior to joining LECG, he was a vice president at Merrill Corporation in their electronic evidence and consulting group, and was the global head of government sector services for Engenium Corporation. He is a Cisco certified networking expert, and a member of the International Telecommunications Union, the Armed Forces Communication and Electronic Association, and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model. Mr. Mann attended the University of Maryland.

Cathy Niden, a director in Evanston, Illinois, provides expertise in financial economics, specializing in financial markets, corporate finance, and securities regulation. Dr. Niden has experience in securities fraud, breach of contract, and ERISA violations as well as a broad range of issues in financial economics including accounting restatements, valuation, and securities regulation. Prior to LECG, she was a senior vice president at Lexecon, associate chief economist and academic fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Niden received PhD, MBA, and AB degrees from the University of Chicago.

David Ownby, a director in Houston, has 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry managing risk for refined products, crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in both the physical and futures markets. He has expertise in business strategy, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, energy commodity pricing, pipeline and terminal project development management, litigation support, and testimony on FERC regulatory matters. Prior to LECG, Mr. Ownby was the principal founder of "Chalkboard," the energy industry's first electronic trading platform for crude, refined products, and NGLs, in addition to founding other boutique energy consulting firms. He has worked for Texaco, OKC Corporation, Petroleum Trading & Transport, and Enron Oil. Mr. Ownby holds a BComm degree from Rice University.

Henri Piffaut, a director in Brussels, joins the European competition policy practice. Prior to LECG, Mr. Piffaut was deputy head of the Information Industries, Internet and Consumer Electronics Unit at Directorate General (DG) Competition in Europe. During his 12-year career at DG Competition, he was involved in more than 100 merger reviews involving telecoms, information technology, media services, energy, and raw materials, among others. In addition to his broad experience with competition policy matters, Mr. Piffaut brings his expertise as an economist and engineer to LECG. Before joining the European Commission, he was an investment banker at Charterhouse Bank in London. Mr. Piffaut was educated in engineering at Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité, economics at Sorbonne University and political science at Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Douglas Reichert, a senior managing director in Washington, DC, is a member of the LECG's executive management committee and has over 30 years of litigation, business advisory consulting, and public accounting experience. Prior to joining LECG, Mr. Reichert was a managing director of Navigant Consulting. He was also a part of the founding group of Peterson Consulting, where he served on the board of directors. Mr. Reichert started his career with Arthur Andersen and is a certified public accountant. He received a BBA degree in accounting from the College of William & Mary.

John Stacey, a director in New York, has more than 26 years of experience specializing in business strategies, telecommunications, global outsourcing, and transformation. He focuses on proactive financial and operational performance improvement, value creation services to support clients in identifying, quantifying, planning, and realizing improvement opportunities, as well as driving performance excellence across the life cycle of projects and initiatives. Prior to joining LECG, Mr. Stacey was with KPMG/BearingPoint, British Telecom, EDS, US West, and Peat-Marwick. He has an MBA from Portland State University and a BSCS from Northeastern University.

Glenn Whittington is a director in the Lake Oswego, Oregon office of Bates Private Capital, an LECG company. He has 34 years of experience with an extensive background in the retail brokerage securities industry providing consulting and expert testimony on financial matters. Prior to joining LECG, Mr. Whittington formed NGW Consulting LLC, held senior management positions with UBS PaineWebber, and was a senior vice president of Wachovia Securities. He holds a BA in business administration from Texas Christian University.

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LECG is a global expert services firm with over 950 experts and professionals in 36 offices around the world. The firm provides independent expert testimony, original authoritative studies, and strategic advisory services to clients including Fortune Global 500 corporations, major law firms, and local, state, and federal governments and agencies around the world. LECG's highly credentialed experts and professional staff conduct economic and financial analyses to provide objective opinions and advice that help resolve complex disputes and inform legislative, judicial, regulatory, and business decision makers. LECG's experts are renowned academics, former senior government officials, experienced industry leaders, and seasoned consultants. (NASDAQ: XPRT)

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