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Sheppard Mullin’s Blockchain and Fintech team helps our clients take advantage of what many believe has become the most disruptive technology since the internet. Our team includes attorneys with diverse legal backgrounds who collectively understand the vast legal ramifications of blockchain and digital currencies. Combined with extensive experience and expertise, our collaborative team is uniquely positioned to assist clients with any and all legal issues related to the blockchain technology and digital currency sphere. 

Our attorneys are pioneers in the field and have: 

  • Negotiated the first investments in the industry
  • Counseled the first Bitcoin companies when they launched new payment and security products despite regulatory uncertainty
  • Developed and implemented international patent strategies for blockchain and digital currency technologies, and addressed open source disclosure obligations
  • Guided a Bitcoin industry client’s response to a major cyber incident
  • Helped start-ups profit from partnerships with industry titans
  • Advised the Bitcoin Foundation
  • Advised scores of companies on digital currency issues, including use in virtual worlds and games
  • Advised on gambling-related issues using digital currencies

We advise a broad range of clients, from innovative start-ups to legacy players, in their efforts to capitalize on these emerging technologies, and guide Fortune 500 companies looking to become Fortune 100 by taking advantage of the new markets blockchain technology is helping to open.

Because blockchain technology is enabling innovation in financial services, digital assets, healthcare, real estate, and more, we assembled an inter-disciplinary team that includes attorneys who know those industries, as well as the corresponding applicability of blockchain technology in those areas. Our team includes leaders in privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, venture capital, tax, finance, and international trade who can master the complexities of blockchain technology and digital currencies and leverage the opportunities for innovative use of those technologies.

We assist clients with additional applications including:

  • Smart contracts
  • Tokenization of physical commodities
  • Use of blockchain technology in energy markets
  • Digital autonomous organizations
  • Digital title systems
  • Digital escrows
  • Other innovative uses of blockchain technology


  • Developed patent strategies for leading blockchain companies, including ones focused on:
    • Stable coins
    • Digital rights management
    • Advertising models
    • Blockchain-based project management platform
    • Blockchain-based photo verification
  • Provided advice to companies on:
    • Crypto gaming legal issues
    • Digital collectibles legal issues
    • Smart contracts
    • Gambling issues with tokenized assets and marketplaces
  • Advised board of publicly traded company on acquisition of blockchain-based technology company
  • Advised leading online retailer on use of crypto currency by retailers, including accepting crypto payments and supply chain issues
  • Advised company on blockchain-based network time protocol
  • Represented a recognized leader in digital currency security in all aspects of its business including SAAS agreements, enterprise customer contracts, and technology development
  • Represented one of the premier digital currency payment companies in payment gateway and business partnership agreements with PayPal, Apriva, and other companies
  • Advised Blockchain company in structuring channel relationships for customer acquisition and international distribution
  • Advised manufactures of Bitcoin network verification equipment (mining equipment) in all aspects of business including semiconductor development agreements, distribution agreements, technology licensing, and venture financing
  • Guided industry participant companies seeking regulatory compliance domestically and internationally
  • Represented Blockchain companies and investors in numerous financings
  • Advised a Bitcoin industry client on responding to a major cyber incident involving the theft of millions of dollars in Bitcoin from a business partner
  • Represented a multi-strategy trading firm in its issuance of cryptodebt in collaboration with a major retail company’s cryptosecurities trading platform 
  • Advised leading digital asset secured based lender regarding the application of Article 8 & 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code for its novel bitcoin internet lending platform.
  • Advised leading digital asset secured based lender regarding the Commodities Exchange Act.
  • Advised leading digital asset secured based lender regarding trademark issues.
  • Advised leading digital asset secured based lender regarding third party bitcoin custodial account agreements.





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