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About CRA

Experience that counts for more.

Charles River Associates (CRA) is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial, and strategic expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and governments around the world. Our experts bring a unique combination of cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art methods, and proven experience to bear on our clients’ most complex challenges.

CRA specializes in management consulting and economic litigation. Our senior-led teams include leading academic experts and business leaders with experience across industries. Because of our proven skills in complex cases and exceptional strength in analytics, clients depend on our objective, fact-based advice for their high-profile, high-stakes matters.

  • 81% of senior staff hold advanced degrees
  • Deeply-rooted in academic theory
  • Collaborative, senior-led teams
  • Client-centric service model
  • Rigorous, objective recommendations
  • Practical, actionable solutions

A trusted advisor to leading organizations.

Operating from 20 offices in 9 countries around the world, CRA’s clients include:

  • 83%
    of the Fortune 100
  • 94%
    of the Am Law 100

From hotel suite to C-suite.

CRA was founded in 1965 by Jerry Kraft, John Kaler, and Alan Willens. The team initially worked out of a two-bedroom hotel suite in Cambridge, Massachusetts, adding rooms across the hall and on other floors as the firm grew.

Their work was defined by a shared vision of providing objective, grounded expertise—evidence-based, client-focused, and fully defensible. That approach enabled CRA to grow into a trusted advisor to leaders in organizations across the world. Today, CRA includes a diverse team of 800+ consultants from 50+ countries. Our founders’ vision remains a core part of our DNA and guides our work with every client.

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