Raffi Teperdjian is a strategic transactions associate in Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office. Raffi’s practice focuses on navigating corporate and pro bono clients through matters where blockchain and emerging technologies intersect with intellectual property, financial technology, data privacy, and cybersecurity.
Raffi has corporate experience advising clients on cryptocurrency investments including exchange traded funds; and supports the firm’s data privacy practice with stock purchase agreements and investigations. He has additional litigation experience working on inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and with other IP matters before district courts. While at the firm, Raffi has written and presented on blockchain topics including NFTs. He maintains an active pro bono practice working with the Innocence Project and other clients.
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 an 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, “Cyber Trends and Investigations in Europe: A Practitioner’s Perspective,” The Guide to Cyber Investigations, second edition (2021)
- Co-author, “A Structural Solution To Mitigating Artificial Intelligence Bias In Administrative Agencies,” George Washington Law Review Arguendo (July 2021) (see also SSRN link)
- Co-author, “An Emerging Digital World: The Possibilities and Legal Gray Zones of Non-Fungible Tokens,” Legaltech News and Law.com (June 2, 2021)
- “Proposing Cybersecurity Regulations for Smart Contracts,” 5 Journal of Cyber Policy 350 (2021)
- “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)
- Co-author, “Proposed Washington Privacy Act Gets a Different Set of Teeth with Private Right of Action for Injunctive Relief,” Ropes Data Philes (April 8, 2021)
- Co-author, “Yet Another Round of CCPA Regulations,” Ropes Data Philes (March 23, 2021)
- “The Puzzle of Squaring Blockchain with the General Data Protection Regulation,” Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Machine Lawyering (August 2020)
- 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)
- The National Law Review Winner of the “Law Student Writing Contest” for article on “Examining the National Security Implications of Cryptocurrencies” (October 2019) (see also SSRN link)