The Top 23 Blockchain Lawyers Who Will Kickstart a Winning ICO

As cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies have become more mainstream in tech, finance and business, there’s been a need for bright blockchain lawyers to help navigate touchy and difficult issues surrounding this new frontier.

Maybe it’s a bit of a bummer if you are involved in blockchain to already have to think about finding a lawyer to help with your ICO, taxes, or possible disputes.

But on the bright side, it’s good news that cryptocurrencies are becoming as popular, that you likely made a wide choice in investing and getting involved before most people do.

If you do need a good lawyer, we’ve put together a list of some of the best legal minds and law firms who can help you with issues related to blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and initial coin offerings, or ICO legal situations.

The Top Blockchain Lawyers

1. Brian Klein (Baker Marquart)

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Klein has extensive experience with cutting-edge technology cases, including representing entrepreneurs, companies and early adopters in all types of criminal and regulatory defense matters and civil litigation, including bankruptcy proceedings. He founded and chairs the board of directors of the non-profit Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Coalition and chairs the American Bar Association’s blockchain technology, digital currency, and ICO national institute, which took place in New York City this year. He formerly volunteered as the outside general counsel and chair of the legal advocacy committee for the Bitcoin Foundation.

2. Jerry Brito (Coin Center)

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Jerry Brito is executive director of Coin Center, a Washington, D.C.,-based non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Its mission is to build a better understanding of these technologies and to promote a regulatory climate that preserves the freedom to innovate using permissionless blockchain technologies.

3. Marjorie Peerce (Ballard Spahr)

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Marjorie J. Peerce is a litigator, with a practice focus on white collar criminal defense, virtual currency, regulatory matters, and complex civil litigation. She has handled matters across the criminal and regulatory spectrum. She is Co-Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office and is a founding leader of the firm’s Virtual Currency team. That team is composed of lawyers from virtually every practice area in the firm, and aids clients in myriad matters related to virtual currency and the blockchain, including matters related to initial coin offerings, developing and implementing new products, navigating the complicated maze of government regulation and enforcement, advising on issues related to blockchain technology, and protecting both the data and the consumers who use it. She also is a board member of the Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition.

  • Years of Experience: 30 years
  • Region: USA
  • Contact information: PEERCEMBALLARDSPAHR.COM,

4. Grant Fondo (Goodwin)

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Grant Fondo, an experienced federal prosecutor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California, is head of the Litigation Department for Goodwin’s California offices, a partner in the firm’s Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense group, and in its Privacy & Cybersecurity practice, and is Chair of its Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology practice.

  • Years of Experience: 20 years
  • Region: USA
  • Contact information: gfondo@goodwinlaw.comEmail

5. Marcia Hofmann (Zeitgeist Law)

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Marcia Hofmann is the founder and principal of Zeitgeist Law PC. She represents clients throughout the country in criminal and civil litigation and has written dozens of amicus briefs in high-impact cases, including in the Supreme Court. She also works with technology companies, researchers, journalists, artists, and others who need help navigating the murky laws surrounding access to computers and digital information.

  • Years of Experience: 8+ yeares.
  • Region: USA
  • Contact information: marcia@zeitgeist.law

6. Carol Van Cleef (LeClair Ryan)

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Carol Van Cleef maintains a practice that guides her clients through the growing web of laws and regulations surrounding 21st century financial services. She provides counsel to a full spectrum of banks, securities firms, insurance companies, and money services operating globally.

Additionally, Carol is known as a go-to attorney for blockchain developers, virtual currency exchanges and wallets, FinTech companies, payment processors, prepaid access providers, and other software developers.

  • Years of Experience: 17 years
  • Region: USA
  • Contact information: carol.vancleef@leclairryan.com

7. Marco Santori (Blockchain)

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Marco Santori recently left Cooley LLP, where he was a partner since November 2016, to become the president and chief legal officer of Blockchain, a longtime client and one of the industry’s best-known wallet startups. Santori started out advising early bitcoin startups on legal and policy matters, and over the years he shifted to working on enterprise blockchains and, most recently, initial coin offerings. He is often known as the “dean of digital currency lawyers.”

8. Mark Rasmussen (Jones Day)

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Mark Rasmussen is a seasoned litigator and investigator with more than a dozen years of experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, and bankruptcy litigation. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance related to cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings (ICOs). The Jones Day firm includes a team of specialists in cryptocurrency law.

  • Years of Experience: 10 years
  • Region: USA, Mexico, Brazil
  • Contact information: mrasmussen@jonesday.com

9. Joey Garcia (ISOLAS LLP)

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Joey Garcia has built up a strong Financial Services practice advising on a variety of structures and solutions to an international client base which includes, funds, investment managers, e-money institutions, banks as well as family offices and larger private clients.

Joey has also been at the forefront of developments in the various aspects of business in the fintech space, including digital currency, blockchain and distributed ledger technology in Gibraltar. He co-chairs the Gibraltar Government working group/think tank on digital currencies. Furthermore, he has been involved in advising a number of blockchain startups and businesses crossing over from the blockchain into the financial services space

  • Years of Experience: 10 years.
  • Region: England, Wales, Gibraltar
  • Contact information: joey.garcia@isolas.gi

10. Reuben Grinberg (He’s Flying Solo)

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Reuben Grinberg was an associate in Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Financial Institutions Group. He provides strategic, transactional and regulatory advice to a wide array of both established and emerging participants in the FinTech space, focusing on the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies and blockchain. In addition, Reuben wrote the first widely read and cited academic paper on Bitcoin, and is often noted in the media as an expert on digital currencies.

11. Dax Hansen (Perkins Cole)

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Dax Hansen focuses his practice on IT, payments and international business transactions, including mobile financial services and m-commerce, online business, software and technology licensing, blockchains and decentralized virtual currencies and Japan business transactions.

Besides all that, Dax serves as chair of the firm’s Electronic Financial Services and Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency Industry groups. He works with wireless carriers, online and physical retailers, payment service providers, social networking companies, online service providers, software application developers, hardware manufacturers and other clients.

  • Years of Experience: 14+ years
  • Region: USA, Japan
  • Contact information: DHansen@perkinscoie.com

12. Joshua Ashley Klayman (Klayman LLC)

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Joshua Ashley Klayman is one of the best known Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers in the world. Recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the top 12 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers globally, Ms. Klayman is the Managing Member of Klayman LLC, a boutique blockchain law firm based in New York, and the CEO of Inflection Point Blockchain Advisors, LLC, a blockchain consulting firm.  

13. Richard B Levin (Polsinelli)

Richard Levin brings his experience as a senior legal and compliance officer on Wall Street and in London to bear in advising clients on corporate, securities and regulatory issues. A problem-solver by nature, his practice focuses on helping financial services and technology (FinTech) clients identify and address regulatory issues as they build their businesses.  

The FinTech sector is experiencing rapid changes that are producing innovative new technologies: digital currencies, blockchain technology, peer to peer lending, robo advisors, crowdfunding portals, and electronic trading platforms.

  • Years of Experience: 14+ years
  • Region: USA, England, Wales
  • Contact information: rlevin@polsinelli.com

14. Luka Müller-Studer

Luka Müller-Studer, one of the three founding partners of MME, provides assistance to companies in the technology and financial sectors with a focus on blockchain technology. He concentrates his work on technology, financing acquisition and restructuring cases. Luka Müller is an expert on complex compliance cases in the areas of regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and judicial assistance and advisor of large compliance organisations.

  • Years of Experience: 10+ years
  • Region: Worldwide
  • Contact information: luka.mueller@mme.ch

15. Patrick Murck

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Patrick Murck’s practice focuses on the legal and regulatory issues facing fintech and emerging payment systems. He has a deep understanding of the fintech industry, having been involved in a number of startups as an employee, entrepreneur and advisor.

  • Years of Experience: 15+ years
  • Region: USA
  • Contact information: pmurck@cooley.com

16. Lee Schneider

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Lee A. Schneider is global general counsel for Block.one, the world’s largest blockchain developer and author of the EOSIO software. Schneider is a noted FinTech lawyer and thought leader. He is responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs and will be involved in its proactive regulatory and compliance initiatives.

Schneider joined Block.One after leading the blockchain practices at two major international firms, most recently McDermott Will & Emery. While at McDermott, Lee led both the Fintech and broker dealer practices. Schneider has been recognized as one of the leading voices in blockchain related regulation and compliance, and has played a role in structuring several of the largest and most successful blockchain-related projects.

17. Michael Nonaka (Covington & Burling LLP)

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Michael Nonaka is co-chair of the Financial Services Group and advises banks, financial services providers, and non-bank companies on a broad range of compliance, enforcement, transactional, and legislative matters. He has worked extensively with federal and state banking agencies and with other federal agencies authorized to regulate financial services. Mr. Nonaka also plays an active role in the firm’s Fintech Initiative and works with a number of banks, lending companies, money transmitters, payments firms, technology companies, and service providers on innovative technologies such as blockchain, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, big data, cloud computing, same day payments, and online lending.

  • Years of Experience: 11 years
  • Region: USA
  • Contact information: mnonaka@cov.com

18. Katrina Arden

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A founder of Blockchain Law Group, Katrina Arden is a licensed attorney in the United States and in the Russian Federation. She has been practicing law successfully for over 10 years. She has extensive experience handling various domestic and international issues, including tax compliance and securities regulations, structuring international transactions and working on the multimillion-dollar lawsuits involving securities fraud. Katrina is an author of a number of professional publications. In addition to her legal education, she has an MBA with an emphasis in Financial Management, which allows her to provide complex advice to the clients. Since 2016, Katrina has been involved in the Blockchain community and consulted multiple companies on token sale projects.

19. J. Gray Sasser

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As co-chair of Frost Brown Todd’s Blockchain and Digital Currency team, Gray regularly advises clients on the regulatory and business issues arising when cryptographic computing intersects with U.S. securities laws. In addition to serving as U.S. counsel for recent initial coin offerings launched from foreign jurisdictions, he has established several new hedge funds specializing in tokenized assets.

20. Carey G. Child (Norton Rose Fulbright)

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Carey Child, senior counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, which has a number of attorneys experienced with blockchain issues. focuses on developing innovative products and risk-transfer solutions for insurance, reinsurance, and financial-market clients. He also advises clients on the use of insurance and other risk-transfer options to achieve business and transactional goals, as well as the insurance-regulatory implications of such products and transactions.

21. and 22. DLx Law LLP – Angela Angelovska-Wilson and Lewis Cohen,

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The two prominent blockchain attorneys opened the firm in 2018 with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Like a few other law firms with cryptocurrency clients, DL

x accepts payment in bitcoin or ether. And down the road, it would like to rethink the age-old practice of charging by the hour and experiment with smart contracts and other unorthodox ways of being paid for legal services. For now, though, the founders say an exclusive focus on blockchain technologies will help the new firm assess risk with surgical precision. Prospective clients include startups, exchanges and token issuers.

23. Derrick Auch (DLA Piper)

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Derrick Auch is a partner in the Calgary office and practices in the area of corporate finance and securities, general corporate/commercial law and mergers and acquisitions. He joined the firm in 200 and his expertise includes issues in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, ICO’s and ITO’s and other emerging Fintech issues and regulation.

Book ’em

There’s the list of the top blockchain lawyers across the U.S. and internationally who have delved into the new frontier of cryptocurrencies and blockchain issues in the legal world.

You should find someone on the list who can fit your legal needs – there’s is no-one better to sort out the sensitive blockchain matters. Trust me on this one 😉

 


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