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 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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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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Brian T. Mangum, Senior Counsel
Brian leverages his diverse legal and technical experience to help clients protect their business interests and valuable intellectual property rights. His practice covers a range of intellectual property services, including representing clients in intellectual property litigation and post-grant review proceedings.  In addition to the counsel of start-up businesses on intellectual property and corporate matters, Brian also advises clients on all aspects of their portfolios, including planning, valuation, and monetization.

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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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Travis D. Shea, Senior Associate
Clients benefit from the years of experience Travis gained working in Illinois’ legislature. As a senior associate with Michael Best Strategies, he focuses his work in the areas of state budget, state bonding, capital budgeting, economic development, and gaming.

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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.