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Cryptocurrency & Legal Ethics

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Produced on May 30, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Banking Science & Technology

Course Description

It is hard to open a legal journal or newspaper these days without finding an article discussing blockchain or cryptocurrency. Touted by some as the biggest technological innovation since the development of the internet, and dismissed with skepticism by others, clients who use the technology present both opportunities and risks for lawyers who practice in the space. This program will provide an overview of both the technology itself and the ethical minefields that arise for lawyers whose clients develop and use cryptocurrency, as well as those who wish to accept it for payment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the basics of blockchain, bitcoin, and cryptocurrency – what they are and how they work
  2. Discuss recent crypto-currency related case-law to set the stage for and provide context for ethics discussion
  3. Analyze the applicable ethical rules and guidance from state bars and other governmental authorities

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Stephen D. Palley

Anderson Kill

Stephen D. Palley is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Anderson Kill. A seasoned trial lawyer and litigator with extensive experience in insurance recovery, Stephen also has significant hands-on software development and design experience. He is co-chair of Anderson Kill's recently launched Blockchain and Virtual Currency group, a cross-disciplinary team providing counsel to Blockchain entrepreneurs and investors in areas including litigation, trial practice, insurance coverage, tax, intellectual property, corporate/transactional and employment law. Stephen has written and been quoted widely on legal issues arising from the use of Blockchain technology, with appearances in both print and television media.

In two decades of litigation experience, Stephen has handled a wide variety of commercial disputes in state and federal courts across the United States, including significant construction insurance and environmental insurance matters. His most recent trial experience includes a Fall 2017 jury trial in federal court regarding coverage for decades of environmental cleanup costs under insurance policies issued in the 1970s, leading to an eight figure jury verdict in favor of the policyholder. He has also represented owners, general contractors, construction managers and others in insurance transactions concerning tens of billions of dollars' worth of construction projects throughout the United States.

In the area of software design and development, Stephen has worked with clients to develop a wide range of compliance driven software platforms, including direct response advertising and dispute resolution software, as well as advising clients developing platforms with blockchain functionality.

Stephen was selected for inclusion in the 2019 The Best Lawyers in America list for Insurance Law. In 2018, Stephen was recommended in The Legal 500 United States for Insurance - advice to policyholders.

Daniel J. Healy

Anderson Kill

Daniel J. Healy is a partner in Anderson Kill's Washington, D.C. office. He started his career with Anderson Kill and then served over five years as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. He appeared as lead trial counsel in federal and state courts across the country, received numerous Outstanding Attorney awards and served as the E-Discovery Coordinator for the Tax Division.

Dan currently is the Deputy Co-Chair of Anderson Kill's Cyber Insurance Recovery Practice Group, and a member of the firm's Blockchain & Virtual Currency and Regulated Products Groups.  Dan was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 The Best Lawyers in America list for Insurance Litigation and was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer for Insurance Coverage.

He represents policyholders seeking insurance coverage. He has experience obtaining coverage under a variety of insurance policies relating to directors and officers liabilities, business interruptions, environmental liabilities, health benefits, property damage, asbestos products, title insurance liabilities, and intellectual property disputes. He has represented railroads, banks, financial service providers, manufacturers, retailers, technology companies and food and beverage providers.

Dan also litigates all areas of intellectual property. He has represented trademark owners in disputes involving domain names, cybersquatting, online infringement and reverse confusion, has appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has litigated claims of unfair competition, copyright infringement and patent infringement.  He also successfully represented a client against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 


Karthik N.

Good Stuff!!

Thomas L.

Read up on bit-coin before viewing.

Brian K.

Good course

Joy H.

A good nuts and bolts discussion of working with clients who want to transact in digital currency.

Rob G.

I enjoyed the back and forth between the faculty

Edward S.

Extremely enlighetning

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Ubeyd R.

Funny presenters. This helps on CLEs.

Todd R.

The two presenters worked well together!

Joel H.

This course highlights many important issues with cryptocurrency that most attorneys have not considered. Very insightful.

Lloyd F.

Good coverage of concerns for one not familiar with this area of the law.

Jodi P.

Speakers were great and had nice rapport with each other. Interesting topic.

Christopher M.

Very interesting and informative. It's clear that I did not appreciate many of the avenues of risk (ethical and practical) associated with Crypto (or Chickens for that matter).

Michael L.

Good conversational interaction between the two speakers, in terms of presenting the material in an interesting manner.

Andrea R.

These guys are terrific! I will look for more of their presentations!

Mona P.

great presentation, great rapport between the presenters to illustrate concepts they're discussing

Jaime P.


Wendy O.

Really interesting and I liked the dynamic between the two Of them.

Dave D.

Really great class

John T.

good speakers

Steven B.

Fascinating topic and very knowledgeable and dynamic speakers.

Allen R.

These guys were very clear and interesting.

James M.

Good presentation - thank you.

Chanda U.

A good overview of a complicated subject. Very informative.

Leah W.

Nice to have two presenters and a different background.

Larry T.

very good

Sean Paul O.

I appreciate the amount of solid, practical information included in the written materials accompanying this presentation.

Doug P.

Truly compelling!

Karin V.

Knowledgeable presenters! They made the issues clear and easy to understand.

Desmond K.

Very informative especially for newbies to cryptocurrency.

Brian H.

Timely advice

Timothy K.

Great presentation, thank you!

David S.


Richard S.

tough subject matter well-handles

Mattie A.


David N. C.

The presenters were engaging and kept the interest level high

Linda S.

Excellent presentation

Nazar K.

Good introductory course.

Evan K.

Great job! Thanks.

Curtis S.

Excellent description about blockchain.

Arthur R.

Excellent presentation.

Derek R.

Very good overview of background information on cryptocurrency and relevance to existing and new caselaw/opinions.

Cynthia H.

Good introduction to the topic.

Patrick C.

I really enjoyed this program as it is an area that I have a great deal of personal interest in. I found the presenters to be extremely knowledgeable on the subject.

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