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Dr. Buckberg is an economist with over 20 years of consulting, policy, and expert witness experience. She provides consulting services and testimony in litigation and regulatory disputes in finance, complex commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and advises parties in public-private partnerships for infrastructure investment. Her experience spans civil, regulatory, and criminal issues in the United States and Europe and includes testimony in federal and state court and in arbitrations.

Dr. Buckberg has assisted clients in responding to regulatory rulemakings and consulted on regulatory and internal investigations. Her recent expert and consulting work has focused on hedge funds, valuation of complex derivatives, securities class actions, and foreign exchange trading. She is currently serving as Vice Chair of the ABA’s Privatization, Outsourcing, and Financing Committee.

Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Buckberg served as deputy assistant secretary for policy coordination at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy. In this role, she advised the Treasury Secretary and senior staff on policy issues including financial regulatory reform, housing finance, infrastructure, anti-money laundering (AML), virtual currency, and economic policy options for Puerto Rico. Dr. Buckberg led teams in the development and economic analysis of the qualified financial contract, fiduciary duty, and customer due diligence rules. She also played a major role in initiating and executing President Obama’s Build America Investment Initiative on infrastructure, including authoring two white papers on public-private partnerships.

Before her government service, Dr. Buckberg was a senior vice president at NERA Economic Consulting, a vice president at Morgan Stanley, an economist at the International Monetary Fund, and a lecturer at Georgetown University School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and an undergraduate degree from Yale University. Dr. Buckberg is fluent in Spanish and French.

Representative Engagements
July 17, 2017
Published in Law360

This article evaluates a proposed remedy that would allow investors to hold shares in one company in a concentrated industry, or limit their shareholdings to no more than one percent of the industry.

April 2017
Elaine Buckberg and David Seltzer
Published in Public Works Financing

Dr. Buckberg reviews the benefits of using tax credit bonds as a debt instrument, and why they should be a key component in new federal infrastructure policy initiatives.

February 22, 2017
Published in Bloomberg Government

Elaine Buckberg poses some critical questions to help assess whether the Trump tax credits will leave a legacy of economically important projects or subsidize private investments with little public benefit.

Elaine lives in Washington, DC with her husband Tim and their cocker spaniel. She enjoys spending time outside, swimming, riding horses, and entertaining friends and family.