Intellectual property litigation associate Raffi Teperdjian joined Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office in 2021. Raffi’s practice includes the intersection of blockchain and emerging technologies with intellectual property, financial technology, data privacy, and cybersecurity.
During and immediately after law school, he published articles discussing the regulation of blockchain by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, proposing options for United States cybersecurity regulation of smart contracts, and studying the national security implications of cryptocurrency financing. He is also the co-author of a forthcoming essay discussing a structural solution to mitigating artificial intelligence bias in government agencies. During his final year of law school, he organized and moderated a panel on Blockchain in FinTech as part of the George Washington Business and Finance Law Program’s inaugural Innovation in Business and Finance Law Conference.
Prior to and concurrently with his study of the law, Raffi worked on a variety of systems engineering and big data projects for both federal and commercial clients at Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, and a commercial consulting firm. In addition, as a legal intern at another corporate law firm, he wrote for their technology, privacy and security blog, researching how emerging technologies and news events intersect with current and upcoming legislation. He holds a B.B.A. in computer information systems and finance from James Madison University.
- Co-author, “An Emerging Digital World: The Possibilities and Legal Gray Zones of Non-Fungible Tokens,” Legaltech News and Law.com (June 2, 2021)
- Co-author, “A Structural Solution To Mitigating Artificial Intelligence Bias In Administrative Agencies,” 89 George Washington Law Review Arguendo (forthcoming 2021)
- “Proposing Cybersecurity Regulations for Smart Contracts,” 5 Journal of Cyber Policy 350 (2021)
- Blog post, “The Puzzle of Squaring Blockchain with the General Data Protection Regulation,” Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Machine Lawyering (August 2020)
- “The Puzzle of Squaring Blockchain with the General Data Protection Regulation,” 60 Jurimetrics Journal 253 (2020)
- “Examining the National Security Implications of Cryptocurrencies,” The National Law Review (October 26, 2019)
- JD, The George Washington University Law School, 2020
- BBA (Computer Information Systems and Finance), James Madison University, 2012
Admissions / Qualifications
- District of Columbia, 2021
- Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law Science and Technology “Loevinger Prize” for article on “The Puzzle of Squaring Blockchain with the General Data Protection Regulation” (July 2020)