We are a coalition of lawyers and academics who focus on the legal issues surrounding digital currency and distributed ledger technology.

 

The DCLDC was founded to help protect individual constitutional rights and civil liberties in connection with regulatory and law enforcement scrutiny and efforts relating to digital currencies (e.g. bitcoin) and ledgers (e.g. blockchains). 

We want to help foster innovation in those technologies so they may be used for the betterment of society.  The DCLDC will advance its important mission through pro bono attorney referrals to those who cannot afford legal services and the submission of amicus briefs on key issues.

 

The DCLDC does not provide legal advice - please do not send us any confidential or sensitive information.


Participating Lawyers

  • Jared Marx, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis
  • Jason Somensatto, Morvillo
  • Jason Weinstein, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Jeff Alberts, Pryor Cashman
  • Jeffery T. Gorham, Frost Brown Todd 
  • 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, Cooley
  • Marjorie Peerce, Ballard Spahr
  • Mary Beth Buchanan, Bryan Cave
  • Michelle Feit, Capes Sokol
  • Pamela Morgan, Empowered Law
  • Patrick Murck, Cooley
  • Pedro Giner, Usera, Figueroa & Giner
  • 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 Ekeland, Tor Ekeland
  • Torsten M. Kracht, Hunton & Williams
  • Veronica McGregor, Goodwin
  • Aaron Wright, Cardozo Law
  • Adam Ettinger, Sheppard Mullin
  • Adella Toulon-Foerster, Cogent Law Group
  • Alan Cohn, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Alex Chen, Fortis
  • Amy Davine Kim, BuckleySandler
  • Andrew Hinkes, Berger Singerman
  • Andy Roth, Cooley
  • Angelo Adam, Fabiani Cohen & Hall
  • Ashley Martabano, Baker Marquart
  • Barrie VanBrackle, Orrick
  • Beau Barnes, Kobre & Kim
  • Ben Sauter, Kobre & Kim
  • Brian Klein, Baker Marquart
  • Bryan Skarlatos, Kostelanetz & Fink
  • Carol Van Cleef, BakerHostetler
  • Catherine Foti, Morvillo Abramowitz
  • Charles R. Macedo, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein
  • Christine Duhaime, Duhaime Law
  • Christopher Hopkins, McDonald Hopkins
  • Cindy McAdam, Goodwin
  • Courtney Linn, Orrick
  • Craig May, Wheeler Trigg
  • Dana Syracuse, Perkins Coie
  • Dave McGill, Kobre & Kim
  • 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
  • Ian Northon, Roetzel & Andress
  • Ira Schaefer, Hogan Lovells

Board

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BRIAN KLEIN, BOARD CHAIR

Brian is a partner at the boutique litigation firm Baker Marquart LLP. His nationwide practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense and civil litigation matters. He has extensive experience representing financial technology companies, entrepreneurs, and early adopters. He is the chair of the America Bar Association’s digital currency and blockchain technology conference, and serves as an advisor to BlockSeer, a blockchain analytics company. He formerly volunteered as the outside general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation. He served as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles from 2007-2012 and teaches a federal criminal practice seminar at USC’s law school. 

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MARCIA HOFMANN, BOARD MEMBER

Marcia is founder and principal of Zeitgeist Law PC, a boutique law firm that focuses on computer security, electronic privacy, free expression, and intellectual property issues. She is also special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights advocacy organization based in San Francisco, California, and an adjunct professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Before starting her law practice, Marcia was a senior staff attorney at EFF focusing on digital civil liberties issues. In addition to cutting-edge litigation, her work included counseling and defending researchers, hackers and others who need help navigating the murky laws surrounding access to computers and digital information. She also co-founded EFF’s open government litigation project. 

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JERRY BRITO, BOARD MEMBER

Jerry Brito is executive director of Coin Center, the leading non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. He has testified several times before Congress and state legislatures about cryptocurrencies, and regularly holds briefings for and consultations with policy makers. He is the coauthor of Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers, as well as other scholarly work on the regulation of cryptocurrencies. His op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and elsewhere. 

GRANT FONDO, BOARD MEMBER

Grant is a partner in Goodwin's Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group and its Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice and co-chair of its Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency Practice.  He advises and represents technology, blockchain, digital currency, private equity and venture capital clients in a wide range of regulatory, governmental, and litigation matters, including criminal defense. Before joining Goodwin, he served for nearly five years as a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California, where he focused on prosecuting white collar crime, including money laundering, investment, bank, financial, health care and securities fraud, and drug trafficking. He works out of Goodwin’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

MARJORIE PEERCE, BOARD MEMBER

Marjorie J. Peerce is a partner at Ballard Spahr and focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, regulatory matters, and a complex civil litigation. She appears in New York state and federal courts, as well as in federal districts around the country. She has handled criminal and regulatory investigations concerning, for example, violations of the Internal Revenue Code, securities fraud, (including Bitcoins) the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the Bank Secrecy Act, government contract procurement and subsidy fraud, mail fraud, bribery, accounting fraud, government contract procurement, government subsidy fraud, immigration fraud, health care fraud, environmental matters, commodities fraud, computer fraud and hacking, and criminal customs investigations. 

GREG EGAN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND GENERAL COUNSEL

Greg is a Seattle-based attorney who has spent the last five years working with digital currency and online financial services companies. He served as Corporate Counsel and Operations for the Bitcoin Foundation. He was the primary legal resource for all aspects of the Foundation and assisted with its operational needs. Before then, he provided business counsel to technology companies, helping them navigate the legal and regulatory landscape of financial technology.