Brown Rudnick hired a team of four Anderson Kill partners in the United States to add expertise in cryptocurrencies, digital assets, and blockchain to his digital commerce practice.
Partner Stephen Palley joins AmLaw 200 company in Washington DC as a partner and co-chair of its digital commerce practice, while Matthew Richardson, Preston Byrne and Hailey Lennon join as a partner in Orange County. Crossing with them is their partner Jeff Karas, who lives in New York.
Vince Guglielmotti, CEO and president of Brown Rudnick, said the move was intended to provide technology customers with an end-to-end experience.
“Our clients are increasingly in the digital asset space such as founders, investors or traditional business entities looking to use technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies as part of their business,” he said.
Palley focuses her practice on litigation, litigation practice, insurance recovery, and general external consulting services in the digital assets space. He founded the technology, media and distributed systems group of his former company in 2017, a year after joining the company from his independent firm Palley Law, according to his Linkedin page.
Upon his appointment, Palley said, “My colleagues and I have been drawn to Brown Rudnick because many of his practices and industry groups, particularly technology, complement our … The company’s deep business, regulatory and technology practices , as well as its UK footprint, will be an excellent asset to existing and future customers ”.
Byrne brings with him expertise in providing corporate, IP and commercial legal advice to cryptocurrency miners, stakers and farmers, wallet providers and custodians, decentralized protocol developments and institutional investors, among other players.
Before joining New York-based Anderson Kill, he was COO, general counsel and co-founder of Monax Industries, a startup credited with being the first company to open source a blockchain design suitable for businesses.
Lennon, meanwhile, has worked as a regulatory advisor for major crypto platforms Coinbase and bitFlyer. He focuses his practice on providing clients with front-end advice on regulatory requirements relating to fintech and crypto companies, including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, among others.
Richardson, a practicing lawyer in the UK, deals with data protection and privacy, intellectual property, commercial law, cybercrime and public law. As a GDPR certified professional, he has been involved in a number of key data protection cases.
The move by the quartet of partners follows that of a technical team of eight lawyers and five McCarter & English partners led by David Sorin, who was named co-chair of the company’s global technology group upon arrival. His son, Jared Sorin, was named leader of the emerging growth companies co-practice group and venture capital group, while Scott Smedresman was chosen to co-direct the company’s technology practice in the United States.
Brown Rudnick garnered significant attention from the mainstream press this year for his role in defending Johnny Depp in a libel trial waged against ex-wife Amber Heard. The trial led to the accelerated promotion of litigation specialist Camille Vasquez, who was instrumental in securing the $ 15 million jury verdict in Depp’s favor in June.
The company’s network extends to Boston, New York, Washington DC, Hartford and Orange County in the United States and London in the United Kingdom.