40 US Law Firms Join Up to Form Blockchain Legal Defense Coalition To Protect Innovation

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More than four dozen prominent US lawyers from some 40 law firms have teamed up to form the Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Coalition (DCLDC).

This coalition will bring together scores of the top attorneys from around the USA who focus on digital currency and distributed ledger legal issues in a united effort to protect the individual constitutional rights and civil liberties of innovators experimenting with these promising new Blockchain technologies, said a statement.

Brian Klein, partner at Baker Marquart LLP and the chair of the DCLDC, noted:

“Law enforcement and regulatory actions relating to this technology have been steadily increasing over time and are all too often misdirected or premature. It is all too common for responsible entrepreneurs and companies to be subjected to unfair scrutiny by some federal or state agency, which, at a minimum, stifles them and broader innovation.”

The DCLDC will advance its important mission through pro bono attorney referrals to those who cannot afford legal services, as well as the submission of amicus briefs on key issues impacting those technologies.

Participating Lawyers

  • Jason Somensatto, Morvillo
  • Jason Weinstein, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Jeff Alberts, Pryor Cashman
  • Jennifer Rose Jacoby, WillmerHale
  • Jerry Brito, Coin Center
  • Joseph Cutler, Perkins Coie
  • Josh Fairfield, Washington & Lee Univ.
  • Joshua Garcia, White & Case
  • Josias Dewey, Holland & Knight
  • Kathleen Moriarty, Kaye Scholer
  • Keith MIller, Perkins Coie
  • Kevin Debre, Stubbs Alderton
  • Matt Schwartz, Boies Schiller
  • Marcia Hofmann, Zeitgeist Law
  • Marci Gilligan, Ridley McGreevy
  • Marco Santori, Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Marjorie Peerce, Ballard Spahr
  • Michelle Feit, Capes Sokol
  • Pamela Morgan, Empowered Law
  • Patrick Murck, Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Peter Hardy, Ballard Spahr
  • Peter Van Valkenburgh, Coin Center
  • Phil Hodgen, HodgenLaw
  • Randy Lusky, Orrick
  • Rene Palomino, Corona Law Firm
  • Richard Levin, Polsinelli
  • Robin Emmans, Second Street Law
  • Sanford Boxerman, Capes Sokol
  • Ted Mlynar, Hogan Lovells
  • Tim Treanor, Sidley Austin
  • Tor Ekland, Tor Ekeland
  • Veronica McGregor, Goodwin
  • Aaron Wright, Cardozo Law
  • Adam Ettinger, Sheppard Mullin
  • Alan Cohn, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Alex Chen, Fortis
  • Amy Davine Kim, BuckleySandler
  • Andrew Hinkes, Berger Singerman
  • Andy Roth, Cooley
  • Ashley Martabano, Baker Marquart
  • Barrie VanBrackle, Orrick
  • Brian Klein, Baker Marquart
  • Bryan Skarlatos, Kostelanetz & Fink
  • Carol Van Cleef, Manatt
  • Catherine Foti, Morvillo Abramowitz
  • Christine Duhaime, Duhaime Law
  • Cindy McAdam, Goodwin
  • Courtney Linn, Orrick
  • Craig May, Wheeler Trigg
  • Dana Syracuse, BuckleySandler
  • David Gzesh, Gzesh Law
  • David Poitras, Jeffer Mangels
  • David Teitelbaum, Sidley Austin
  • Dax Hansen, Perkins Coie
  • Deborah Thoren-Peden, Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Gabriel Shapiro, Weil
  • Frank Prieto, Frank Prieto
  • Geoffrey Aronow, Sidley Austin
  • Grant Fondo, Goodwin
  • Greg Xethalis, Kaye Scholer
  • Hardy Calcott, Sidley Austin
  • Ira Schaefer, Hogan Lovells
  • Jared Marx, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis
 
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