Alan Ratliff, a Partner with StoneTurn, is an economics and valuation expert and forensic accountant. He has served as a Special Master and Court-appointed Arbitrator, and has testified at more than 40 trials and arbitrations in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, employment, contract, business tort, toxic tort, joint venture, franchise, investment fraud, minority shareholder, fiduciary, insurance coverage, debtor / creditor, merger and acquisition, purchase price, and international transaction disputes. He has also conducted royalty audits, negotiated licenses, and valued businesses and intellectual property (“IP”) for several dozen Fortune 500 companies and The National Law Journal’s NLJ 250 law firms.
In Intellectual Asset Management’s 2014 IAM Patent 1000, Alan was included on the short list of top patent damages experts in the U.S. “A forensic accounting, economics and valuation expert, Alan prepares five-star expert reports and, moreover, is phenomenally good in court. He lays out his logic early and is very confident, meaning he holds up superbly under tough cross-examination.”
Alan has been published in journals and law reviews sponsored by the American Bar Association (“ABA”), Fifth Circuit, Federal Bar, Journal of Biotechnology, Texas Bar, Texas Lawyer, Southern Methodist University, University of Houston, South Texas College of Law and Texas Tech. He has participated as a speaker at ABA, American Intellectual Property Law Association (“AIPLA”), Intellectual Property Owners Association (“IPO”), the Licensing Executives Society (“LES”), Texas Bar, NY City Bar, Texas and California Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), and Texas, Boston, Houston, South Texas and Virginia Tech University conferences or seminar classes. Alan has also served on the faculties of the University of Houston and South Texas Law Schools, and the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business. Alan is a past Federal Bar Association chapter president, Houston CPA and Association of Corporate Counsel chapter board member, Houston Bar Litigation Council member, and Texas Bar, Houston CPA chapter, AIPLA, and ABA Section committee chair.
Prior to joining StoneTurn and establishing the firm’s Houston office in 2005, Alan practiced public accounting with Big Five firms; clerked for the Honorable J. Smith Henley of the U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit); practiced law at Weil, Gotshal; and was the National Practice Leader for IP Litigation Services at Ernst & Young and Huron Consulting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and is certified in Financial Forensics, Global Management Accounting and Patent Valuation.
Alan is active in the Houston community, currently serving on the boards of the Chinquapin School (Strategic Planning Committee), Theatre Under the Stars (Governance and Community Education & Outreach Committees), The Brilliant Lecture Series and the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame Section Sub-committee for Baylor University. He is the past Chair of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston, Vice-Chair of Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts, Treasurer of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Leadership Forum, and Chair of the Mayor’s Jazz Brunch at the Houston International Jazz Festival. In 2006, he was recognized by the City Council and Mayor of Houston with a Day for his public service. Alan was named the 2014 winner of Volunteer Houston’s Greater Houston Service Award for Youth Services.