I’m a partner at Brown Rudnick, where my practice focuses on helping early-stage technology companies with corporate transactions, IP, and other complex cross-border legal issues. Past and present clients include both venture capital funds and startups, including both early and growth-stage companies focusing on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency sale and exchange, decentralized network protocol development, social media, gaming, and SaaS.

In my free time I’m the legal fellow of the Adam Smith Institute. Previously, I was a securitization and derivatives lawyer with the London offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner (now known as Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) and Norton Rose Fulbright. After BigLaw I co-founded and was COO of early enterprise blockchain startup Monax and a partner at Byrne & Storm, P.C., a boutique technology law firm.

Monax built the first permissioned blockchain in 2014. The design has since evolved into the Hyperledger Burrow permissioned Ethereum blockchain node. Burrow was the Hyperledger Project’s first Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), and is used by Intel and IBM’s contributions to that project, respectively named Sawtooth Lake and Fabric, to run EVMs on those codebases. 

This here is my personal website, together with a blog about law, politics, distributed systems, and whatever else I happen to be thinking about. I’m also a superfan of marmotsso don’t be surprised if one turns up in a blog post. 

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