About The Authors

Blockchain + The Law helps companies understand the implications of distributed ledger technology (DLT), smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies. We are here to help you navigate the use of these technologies as they become more prevalent and gather international attention.

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Cheryl Isaac Aaron, Senior Counsel

Cheryl counsels clients on blockchain/distributed ledger technology, including the potential business regulatory implications for the commodities, banking, and derivatives industries. She drafts and negotiates derivatives documentation on behalf of financial institutions, commodity trading firms, and other companies (including both end-users and swap dealers), and advises on compliance with banking and derivatives laws and regulations, including those promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Tony J. Biller, Managing Partner, Raleigh Office

Tony counsels clients on trademark selection and registration, content management, trade secret issues, as well as licensing and other inter-partes review contracts. Tony has a robust foundation of experience in patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation in trial and appellate courts across the country. He one of very few Board Certified Specialists in Trademark Law by the North Carolina State Bar, as well as the former chair of the Trademark Litigation and Trademarks and the Internet Committee for the American Bar Association.

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Anne C. Canfield*, Partner

As a Partner with Michael Best Strategies, Anne’s work involves providing strategic planning, policy advice, and representational services to major corporations on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues in the financial services industry, tax and trade, health care, infrastructure, and budget policy areas. Through her affiliated firm, Canfield Press, LLC, she publishes specialized financial publications, including the GSE Report and the Disruption Report.

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Sarah C. Helton, Principal

As a Principal on the Michael Best Strategies’ federal government relations team with over ten years of experience, she works with businesses, non-profits, and associations to help them successfully navigate the federal government by developing and implementing public policy, political, and corporate strategies that create and protect market opportunities as well as build and protect their brands. She provides intelligence and thought leadership on legislative and regulatory issues impacting their business. As an active member in the firm’s Blockchain, Digital Currencies & Smart Contracts industry group, Sarah partners with clients who are heavily involved in emerging technologies, including blockchain technology and AI.

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Veronica L. Canton, Associate

Veronica represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal court. Veronica is an active member of the firm’s Blockchain, Digital Currencies & Smart Contracts industry team. She counsels clients on blockchain technology, its uses, and where disputes and litigation issues may arise, such as tax implications of cryptocurrency. She is involved in local Cryptocurrency groups in both Milwaukee and Chicago to keep up to date with the latest technologies and trends in blockchain, digital ledger technologies, and smart contract use in traditional commercial settings.

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Justin R. Cruz, Senior Counsel

Justin assists clients in achieving their business goals by obtaining protection of their intellectual property rights and developing strategies to enforce them. He has extensive experience resolving IP related disputes through litigation. Justin has achieved positive results on behalf of his clients in cases involving utility patents, design patents, trade dress, copyrights, as well as challenging the validity of patents through Post-Grant Proceedings before the United States Patent Office (USPTO). He has experience across industries including medical devices, software systems, IoT, mining, agricultural, and oil and gas.

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Brad R. Jacobsen, Partner

Brad has extensive Corporate and Securities experience including in securities compliance, contract drafting and raising capital matters. Brad speaks frequently regarding corporate startup and capital raising matters and publishes prolifically on related topics.

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Lyndon L. Ricks, Partner

Lyndon advises businesses from a wide variety of industries on a broad spectrum of corporate and transactional issues. Known to his clients as an informed and experienced businessman who is also a lawyer, he helps them with corporate and commercial matters including securities, buying and selling businesses, and creating and organizing new lines of business.

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Evan S. Strassberg, Partner

Evan Strassberg is a civil litigator who holds active licenses in both Utah and California. Evan has extensive experience in a wide variety of litigation matters, including defense of consumer class actions and disputes regarding trademarks, breach of contract, fraud, securities, employment discrimination, eminent domain, and personal injury.

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Erika M. Tribuzi, Associate

Clients turn to Erika for her advice and counsel regarding a wide variety of corporate matters, tapping into her experience in areas such as international issues, capital markets, real estate, and securities. Additionally, she leverages her passion and experience to provide strategic and pragmatic guidance for her clients who are involved in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

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