San Diego Blockchain Legal Forum

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San Diego Blockchain Legal Forum

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, CD

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The San Diego IEEE Blockchain Group is hosting San Diego’s first Blockchain Legal Forum. The Blockchain Legal Forum is an event designed to integrate the fields of law and technology for a discussion about blockchain technology and its effect on legal frameworks and policy. The event is co-sponsored by the USD School of Law.

The event will first feature a networking portion with various technology companies and law firms representing themselves as part of this growing community.

Then there will be a panel featuring recognized thought leaders for a discussion on the types of challenges that existing legal frameworks are facing with introduction of blockchain and the types of issues on the horizon.

The event will conclude with a keynote presentation from Sheppard Mullin’s Jim Gatto, a legal expert in blockchain, who will provide a macro perspective on crytptocurrency, blockchain, and the possible legal solutions they may enable.

*Free General Admission Tickets are limited based on availability and venue space - Sign up while supplies last!*

Event Information
Date: June 19th, 2019
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute at University of San Diego, Conference Rooms B and C
Address: 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

5PM – 6:30PM  | Networking Event with Technology and Legal Booths
6PM – 7:30PM | Panel Discussion on Blockchain and Legal Policy
7PM -  8:30PM    | Keynote Speaker James Gatto

Keynote Topic by Jim Gatto of Sheppard Mullin: The Big Picture: A Macro Perspective on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain

Cryptocurrency and blockchain are either ground breaking technologies or worthless, overhyped scams, depending on who you ask. In this talk, James Gatto will provide a macro perspective on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, sorting fact from fiction, and explaining why they have the potential to be truly transformative. He will discuss the requirements for a successful currency, what it will take for cryptocurrencies to succeed and why many have failed. He will explain how blockchain technology mirrors certain societal trends and is one of a set of technologies that collectively has the power to transform virtually every industry, assuming it overcomes various obstacles.  He will also address how cryptocurrency and blockchain fit within the existing legal and regulatory framework and where new approaches may be necessary.

Keynote Speaker Bio

Jim Gatto is the Leader of Sheppard Mullin’s Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency team and its Open Source Team. Jim has 35 years of experience advising innovative companies on IP, technology law and regulatory issues with new business models and disruptive technology. He focuses heavily on blockchain, smart contracts and crypto currency legal issues and has been active in the space since 2014. He is a recognized thought leader on cryptocurrency and blockchain legal issues. In 2018 he received the National Law Review’s Go-To Thought Leadership Award for his work on blockchain and cryptocurrencies and was named a Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. He writes extensively and speaks worldwide on these topics.


Dr. Jim Short | Lead Scientist at the SD Super Computer Center and Director of BlockLAB

Dr. Short is Lead Scientist and co-founder of the Center for Large Scale Data Systems (CLDS) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He has taught business strategy, management information systems, and communications theory at the London Business School, Theseus Institute, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was also a Belfer Fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. His current work focuses on topics in data risk and valuation, data growth and business analytics. He holds S.B., S.M. and PhD degrees from MIT. Dr. Short has technical expertise in blockchain and is the leader of a research initiative through BlockLAB to seek more understanding around blockchain’s promise to the legal industry.

Joseph J. Collement | Founder/Partner of the Crypto Lawyers

Joseph founded The Crypto Lawyers™ upon realizing that not a single law firm in the world purported to provide legal service specifically tailored for the needs of individuals, organizations, and businesses working with blockchain technology. Joseph Collement has hand on experience in advising companies leveraging the potential of cryptocurrency in a wide area of legal fields, such as token and coin analysis under U.S. securities law, Money Services Business Registration with FinCEN & State Licensure, and Securities and Consumer Class Actions.

Chris Groshong | CEO of Coinstructive

Chris Groshong is a consultant in business solutions using blockchain technology. He is part of an initiative to educate people, society, organizations and the marketplace about blockchain technology, Bitcoin and other related applications, so they can make confident, well-informed business decisions. He is operating an educational course in blockchain and the law. As the CEO of CoinStructive, a Boutique Bitcoin & Blockchain consulting firm, located in San Diego, Chris has developed a nation-wide team that is furthering the development of bitcoin and blockchain adoption.


William  Restis | Founder/Partner of Restis Law Firm

William is currently Lead Counsel in Faasse et al v. Coinbase, Inc., a cutting-edge class action that will help define basic property rights in cryptocurrencies. He is also on the Lead Counsel team in ICO securities class action In re Tezos Securities Litigation. William Restis is a  business owner, a startup angel investor, and has served as general counsel for two technology start-ups.

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