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February 11, 2019 The Modern Law Library

Building blockchain expertise into a practice that pays

By Lee Rawles

Blockchain's a buzzword, but what does it mean? In this episode of the Modern Law Library, our guests James A. Cox and Mark W. Rasmussen give a breakdown of what blockchain is, the emerging legal issues the technology is prompting, and why Jones Day thinks that it's an important emerging practice area.

As the editors of Blockchain for Business Lawyers, Cox and Rasmussen have compiled advice tailored for lawyers in a number of fields to help navigate the uncharted waters that blockchain technology is making possible. They address common misconceptions–including that blockchain technology is a panacea solution to all data problems.

Cox and Rasmussen discuss the challenges they’ve seen blockchain pose for their clients, such as determining jurisdiction and how smart contracts can and should be enforced. They also address the similarities–and the differences–to another popular emerging field, cannabis law.

Listeners can purchase Blockchain for Business Lawyers through the ABA webstore. Tune in for a code that grants a 30 percent discount.

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Lee Rawles
James Cox is of counsel to Jones Day, and lives in Dallas. He has more than two decades of legal experience and a background in computer science. Cox’s experience includes complex technology-related disputes, international disputes, class actions, and disputes involving corporate acquisitions. He is a co-editor of the book Blockchain for Business Lawyers.

Mark Rasmussen is a partner with Jones Day and lives in Dallas. He has more than a dozen years of experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, and bankruptcy litigation. He was recently appointed by Chief Judge Barbara Lynn, of the Northern District of Texas, to be the first ever receiver in an SEC enforcement action involving an ICO promoter. He is a co-editor of the book Blockchain for Business Lawyers.