Aminta Raffalovich is a Managing Director at Secretariat specializing in the economics of technology and innovation. Known for her “independence of thought” and “sophistication of skill,” Ms. Raffalovich serves as a trusted advisor and economic expert in complex commercial litigation and disputes. She applies her expertise in several areas, including intellectual property, antitrust and competition, finance, contract disputes, and business tort litigation. In these areas, Ms. Raffalovich provides expert analysis and economic consulting on issues including:
-Economic domestic industry considerations
-Harm to competition
Ms. Raffalovich has expertise and experience in a range of industries. Her work spans the life sciences (including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics), electronics (including consumer electronics, semiconductors, computers, and telecommunications), e‑commerce, entertainment, payments, and healthcare, among others.
Examples of Ms. Raffalovich’s work include the following projects:
Patent damages for aircraft technology. Analyzed damages for alleged infringement of patented aircraft technology, including consideration of the technology, product sales, license and supply agreements, the contribution of the patented technology to sales, non-infringing alternatives, apportioned revenues, a reasonable royalty, and irreparable harm.
Antitrust allegations related to telecommunications. Analyzed antitrust allegations involving monopolization and restraints of trade related to telecommunications, addressing issues including market definition, market power, refusals to deal, group boycotts, essential facilities, potential business justifications, and effects on competition and consumer welfare.
Commercial success evaluation of drug for opioid dependence. Evaluated commercial success, including analysis of the relevant market, market shares, economic profitability, a nexus between the underlying technology and product sales, marketing, pricing, and product sales relative to relevant benchmarks.
Alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract between two large semiconductor manufacturing foundries. Analyzed pricing, design, and other aspects of relevant products to inform on economic value of the asserted trade secrets and the economic positions that the parties would have been in if the contract had been fully complied with.
Analysis of economic harm related to product launch in molecular diagnostics space. Evaluated potential economic harm resulting from a launch of allegedly infringing molecular diagnostics products, including potential price erosion, loss in market share, and loss in operational resources.
Ms. Raffalovich was recognized as a top U.S. economic expert and rising star by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. According to IAM: “Sought out by elite law firms, Raffalovich instills confidence in clients thanks to her independence of thought, sophistication of skill and rapidity of reply.” IAM also commented that Ms. Raffalovich “undertakes her expert analysis work with perfect exactitude. She has profound knowledge of the economics of technology and applies this to great effect in patent cases arising in many theatres of innovation.” IAM further commented: “A seasoned and sophisticated expert witness, Aminta Raffalovich has a keen eye for detail and data, and leaves no stone unturned in order to cover all bases in her analysis.”
Ms. Raffalovich earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California. Prior to law school, Ms. Raffalovich graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Economics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she also served as an instructor in macroeconomics and econometrics courses.