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Blockchain technology has become a widely used platform of decentralized ledgers known to record and facilitate the process of transactions and track assets in a business atmosphere.
This space can be highly unpredictable, unregulated, and intimidating; seeking legal advice and guidance can be an immense advantage for beginners or even the most frequent users in the blockchain industry.
Here are 20 of the best blockchain lawyers put together by Identity Review.
1. Dax Hansen
Dax Hansen is a technology transaction and regulatory attorney who has become a blockchain, digital currency, finance, and fintech lawyer. Hansen is the firmwide co-lead for payments, money transfer, and fintech industry with Perkins Coie, a leading international law firm. Dax Hansen founded the firm’s fintech industry group, which has continued to lead in the innovation and operation of emerging technologies.
2. Lewis Cohen
Lewis Cohen practices blockchain and tokenization across all aspects of capital markets, such as initial public offerings and complex securitization deals. Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a capital market and finance partner for two Global Top 50 law firms, including DLx Law, and is a widely known public speaker on the topic of blockchain and other distributed ledger technology.
Richard Levin is the chair of the FinTech and Regulation Practice at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. Levin was one of the first lawyers to focus on the regulation of blockchain and digital assets and is considered a leader within the fintech industry.
Stuart Levi is a partner in blockchains and digital assets, intellectual property and technology outsourcing, and cybersecurity and privacy with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. Levi is co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and coordinates the firm’s blockchain, outsourcing, and privacy practices.
Adam Chernichaw is a partner with White&Case in the Technology Transactions Practice in the firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is a member of the firm’s FinTech Leadership Team. Chernichaw advises clients in complex, commercial transactions to assist their goals.
Joshua Klayman serves as the U.S. Head of FinTech and the Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets with Linklaters LLP. Klayman advises global technology firms and startups on issues related to blockchain and digital assets. He is also the co-founder and director of the nonprofit Diversity in Blockchain, Inc. and a founding member of Collective Future.
7. Alan Cohn
Alan Cohn is a partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP and is co-leading Steptoe’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrency practice and the National and Homeland Security practice. Cohn is a cyber-policy expert who is experienced with homeland security, emergency management and emergency response services while also counseling clients on a range of blockchain and crypto-related legal practices. He also serves on the blockchain Alliance to help combat criminal activity on the blockchain.
8. Brian Klein
Brian Klein is a renowned trial attorney and a former federal prosecutor who handled high-stake, civil litigation, and criminal and regulatory defense matters. Klein is currently a litigator in the crypto space with Waymaker LLP and is experienced in representing early innovators within the fintech industry.
Jai Massari is a partner in Financial Institutions and FinTech practices with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Massaris’ focus is security and financial regulation as well as digital assets and cryptocurrency. She also advises fintech firms, technology companies, and startups on a range of legal and regulatory practices.
10. Stephen P. Wink
Stephen Wink is a partner with Latham & Watkins LLP and is a member of the firm’s Financial Regulatory Practice. Wink advises a range of market players such as fintech companies, investment banks, private funds, trading platforms (cryptocurrency), and other financial matters involving regulation and enforcement.
11. Rob H. Rosenblum
Rob Rosenblum is a partner in Securities Regulatory and Complex Transactions with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a law firm created for assisting innovative companies. Rosenblum is the head of the firm’s blockchain and cryptocurrency practice, fund formation practice, and fintech practice and is known nationally for helping companies structure their businesses and goals.
12. Joel S. Telpner
Joel Telpner is the FinTech and Blockchain Group head for Sullivan & Worcester, a global law firm with innovation at its core. Telpner is highly regarded for his work with enterprise blockchain solutions and the development of laws around stablecoins. He has been recognized worldwide as an authority on blockchain and digital assets and is currently part of the industry’s leading research groups worldwide.
13. Lilya Tessler
Lilya Tessler is a partner and head of the FinTech and Blockchain group with Sidley Austin LLP and a top-ranked law firm. Tessler’s focus is emerging companies and venture capital, securities enforcement, regulatory technology, and I.P. transactions. She also represents digital asset trading platforms, blockchain technology companies, U.S. and non-U.S. broker-dealers, financial services firms, and cryptocurrency funds.
14. Lowell D. Ness
Lowell Ness is a partner with Perkins Coie in the firm’s corporate practice and is the Firmwide Lead in FinTech Corporate, Financing, Merger & Acquisitions, and the FinTech Industry Group. Ness serves high-growth emerging companies and involves venture capital financing, merger and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements.
Todd Beauchamp is a partner with Latham & Watkins LLP and a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and Financial Institutions Industry Group. Beauchamp also serves as the Global Co-Chair of the FinTech Industry Group and leads the firm’s Payments & Emerging Financial Services Practice.
16. Chris Daniel
Chris Daniel is the Founder and Chair of the Global FinTech & Payments Group at Paul Hastings LLP. Daniel is a partner in the firm’s corporate department and advises large corporations on U.S. and global payment issues.
17. Jeffrey A. Brill
Jeffery Brill is a partner in the Mergers and Acquisitions practices with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. Brill represents public and private clients in a variety of U.S. and international transactions.
Christopher Austin is a partner in the Securities & Capital Markets and FinTech practices with Paul Hastings LLP. Austin’s primary focus is capital markets, cryptocurrency, venture capital, corporate law, and counseling public and high-growth technology firms on general and transactional matters.
19. Donald J. Mosher
Donald Mosher is co-head of the Bank Regulatory Group and practices regulation, acquisition and sale of payments, money transmitters, licensing and registration of money services with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.
20. Joel D. Feinberg
Joel Feinberg is the global leader of the Banking and Financial Services practice with Sidley Austin LLP. Feinberg advises financial service firms in regulatory counseling, public policy, licensing, and transactional matters, as well as blockchain, mobile payments, and debit and prepaid items.
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