Our advice is practical. Our approach, efficient. We consider your issues from all angles.
What we focus on
innovative technology companies / blockchain & cryptocurrency / fintech / financial regulation / startup and venture capital representation
We possess expertise in the fields of securities, commodities, payments, lending and consumer protection laws.
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.
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.
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.
EducationUniversity of Southern California (BA), University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (JD).
Bar AdmissionsState of California
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.
EducationUniversity of Utah (BA and MA), University of Michigan Law School (JD).
Bar AdmissionsState 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.
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.
EducationTrinity College, London (BFA), Guildford School of Acting (MA), UC Berkeley School of Law (JD).
Bar AdmissionsDistrict of Columbia
State of California
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.
EducationNYU (BA), University of Arizona (MFA), University of Michigan Law School (JD).
Bar AdmissionsDistrict of Columbia
State of New York
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.
EducationUniversity of New South Wales (B Comm, B Law).
Bar AdmissionsState of New York
Supreme Court of New South Wales (admitted as solicitor)
Lara Romansic, Partner
Lara Romansic is a seasoned trial attorney with nearly two decades of experience focusing on high-stakes complex litigation. She represents parties in disputes concerning securities, complex financial products, derivatives, mergers and acquisitions and a wide variety of general commercial matters, frequently in a cross border context. Lara has represented a wide variety of foreign and domestic financial institutions, hedge funds, investors, tech companies, insurance companies, a foreign government, manufacturers, multi-national corporations, and corporate officers and directors, in litigations in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in domestic and international arbitration and before federal investigative agencies. In addition, outside the context of litigation, Lara also advises clients concerning their commercial transactions in order to help clients evaluate and manage prospective risk of litigation or other legal liability. Prior to joining Blakemore Fallon, Lara spent almost twenty years practicing at two major international law firms, Steptoe & Johnson LLP and McDermott, Will & Emery.
EducationCornell University (B.A.), Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
Bar AdmissionsNew York, District of Columbia
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.
EducationUniversity of Washington (BA), University of Miami (MS), University of Washington School of Law (JD).
Bar AdmissionsState of Washington
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.
EducationCornell University (BA), University of Chicago (JD), Y-Combinator 2011 Summer Class.
Bar AdmissionsState of New York
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