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Blakemore Fallon

What we focus on

innovative technology companies / blockchain & cryptocurrency / fintech / financial regulation / startup and venture capital representation

Regulatory

We possess expertise in the fields of securities, commodities, payments, lending and consumer protection laws.

Structuring

Our transactional and structuring advice aims to resolve the unique economic and legal concerns that arise when capitalizing and investing in the innovative application of new technology.

Integration

We counsel companies large and small on the most salient risks posed by the integration of new technology to their business lines.

Who we are

Blakemore Fallon is a boutique regulatory and corporate practice that focuses on lifetime partnerships with a select number of clients. Our team consists of attorneys from international law firms as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission. We provide pragmatic counsel that efficiently steers compliance-minded companies through complex corporate and regulatory environments.

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James Blakemore, Partner

James’s regulatory practice covers a broad range of issues affecting emerging and established companies, focusing on advising companies in connection with their compliance obligations under the federal securities laws. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School where he co-teaches a course on blockchain and the law. His thought leadership has appeared in a variety of industry and legal publications, including CoinDesk, the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and Law360.

James previously worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he represented foreign sovereigns, central banks, state-owned entities, and global financial institutions, including in connection with securities class action litigation, disputes related to foreign exchange high-frequency trading platforms, and regulatory investigations into allegedly manipulative trading practices. He also served as a clerk to The Honorable John Dowdell of the Northern District of Oklahoma and interned for Ricardo Luis Lorenzetti, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Argentina.

Education

University of Utah (BA and MA), University of Michigan Law School (JD).

Bar Admissions

State of New York
*Admitted in New York only. Work performed in the District of Columbia performed under the supervision of a licensed D.C. Bar member.
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Zachary Fallon, Partner

Zachary carries more than a decade of practical legal and regulatory experience advising companies, investors, and market participants regarding their compliance obligations under federal securities laws. His experience spans nine years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporate Finance and Office of the General Counsel. Prior to the SEC, he practiced at Latham & Watkins. He is an expert on small company capital formation and various exemptions from registration under the Securities Act of 1933. Zachary was key to many of the SEC’s policy decisions made following the JOBS Act. He was the principal drafter of the Regulation A proposing and adopting release (aka Reg A+), as well as the SEC’s proposing release on Intrastate and Regional Crowdfunding exemptions.

Education

Trinity College, London (BFA), Guildford School of Acting (MA), UC Berkeley School of Law (JD).

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
State of California
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Josh Garcia, Partner

Joshua has worked closely with developers, funds, exchanges, and investors in the fintech and blockchain space for the past six years. His counsel draws from experience at tech-forward international law firms Cooley, White & Case, and Goodwin Procter. As a recognized thought leader, Joshua has been published in CoinDesk, Coin Center, and Bitcoin Magazine. He has counseled and presented to the Money Transmitter Regulators Association, the New York City Bar Association, congressional hill staffers, Rhode Island state regulators, the Israel Securities Authority, and at various international industry events. His expertise spans legal, financial, and regulatory topics with a focus on securities, commodities, lending, consumer protection, and payments laws. Joshua co-teaches a course on blockchain and the law at the University of Michigan Law School.

Education

NYU (BA), University of Arizona (MFA), University of Michigan Law School (JD).

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
State of New York
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Laurie Rosini, Partner

Laurie previously served as a regulatory attorney with Perkins Coie, where she focused on advising blockchain and fintech clients. Laurie advises fintech platforms, cryptocurrency exchanges, token issuers, and broker-dealers through myriad international regulatory and compliance considerations. Throughout her career, she has helped leading innovators better understand how blockchain-related technology falls within existing state and federal financial regulatory frameworks—with a specialization in state and federal money transmission regulatory matters, including anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance obligations. Laurie’s expertise spans regulation of centralized and decentralized exchanges, token issuance, and smart contracts, as well as payments and gaming platforms, under applicable U.S. state and federal law.

Education

University of Washington (BA), University of Miami (MS), University of Washington School of Law (JD).

Bar Admissions

State of Washington
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Julian Russo, Partner

Julian previously served as a corporate attorney for top international law firms Davis Polk & Wardwell, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Cooley, where his practice focused on the representation of emerging technology companies and their investors. He specializes in formations and structuring, corporate transactions and financings, contract negotiation, management of ongoing operations, and efficient exits. As an alumnus of seed accelerator Y-Combinator, Julian has first-hand experience with the lifecycle of a startup and enjoys advising passionate entrepreneurs as they bring their ideas to fruition. He was among the first lawyers to pioneer creative structures beyond the SAFT for the sale of digital assets.

Education

Cornell University (BA), University of Chicago (JD), Y-Combinator 2011 Summer Class.

Bar Admissions

State of New York
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Ross Barbash, Partner

As a filmmaker and two-time founder turned corporate attorney, Ross brings entrepreneurial perspective, passion, and creativity to his work representing technology companies. Previously, Ross was the Founder and Head of Atrium's FinTech & Blockchain practice where he led a team that represented industry-leading AI, fintech, blockchain, and payment technology companies. Ross also founded and runs the Blockchain Lawyers Forum, an international organization of legal practitioners focused on interpreting and shaping the regulatory landscape. Ross has served as a mentor to blockchain incubators such as Binance Labs and IDEO CoLab, frequently speaks at conferences on topics ranging from startups to blockchain to legal tech, and has provided testimony to Wyoming’s Blockchain Task Force.

Ross began his legal career at Gunderson Dettmer in Silicon Valley, where he represented high profile startups and VCs. Prior to law school, Ross founded a film production company and software company. He also represented A-list actors, writers, and directors at the United Talent Agency in Hollywood.

Education

University of Southern California (BA), University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (JD).

Bar Admissions

State of California
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Jenny Leung, Attorney

Jenny has formerly worked as an attorney at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”). In her capacity there, she assisted in the oversight and supervision of financial market infrastructure and drafted ASIC guidance regarding distributed ledger technology. Jenny has published numerous articles regarding complex areas of blockchain technology and law, such as decentralized clearing and settlement, freezing of digital assets, and classification of such assets under international law. Prior to joining Blakemore Fallon, she consulted on GDPR, CCPA, and other data privacy issues at PwC. Jenny focuses on issues related to U.S. securities laws and state money transmitter laws.

Education

University of New South Wales (B Comm, B Law).

Bar Admissions

State of New York
Supreme Court of New South Wales (admitted as solicitor)
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