Who We Are

Joseph J. Collement, Esq.

Joseph is fluent in English & French and focuses his practice on legal issues associated with capital formation in the areas of blockchain technology and digital currency.

Joseph first discovered Bitcoin in 2013 while in law school. Thereafter, he developed a strong interest for the legal issues associated with blockchain technology, in particular Ethereum’s smart contracts. In mid-2017, 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. The unprecedented crypto bull-run ensued.

Prior to creating the Crypto Lawyers, LLP, Joseph worked as a litigator in a boutique law firm where his practice involved cross-border commercial disputes, business disruption claims, and unfair business practices.

Admissions
• California
• United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Rafael Yakobi, Esq.

Rafael’s interest in and experience with Bitcoin, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrencies dates back to 2013. He understands fundamental and technical analysis, market operations and risks, arbitrage, custodial and cyber security procedures and concerns, and the political, philosophical, and economic motivations that set the stage for the rise of cryptocurrency. As such, in 2017 as the world began to finally notice the technological an economic revolution taking place in this arena, Rafael and Joseph both felt compelled to get involved, contribute, and support what we believe is the most important technological revolution of our generation.

Prior to the formation of The Crypto Lawyers™, Rafael’s legal experience includes: litigating complex securities class actions against the biggest financial institutions in the world, representing consumers in class-actions for corporate malfeasance, prosecuting antitrust class-actions against bad actors in the financial and commodity space, representing whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases against corporations that bribe and defraud taxpayers, defending the rights of individuals charged with white collar and other crimes on Wall Street, and representing investors and financial advisors in FINRA, AAA, and JAMS arbitrations.

Admissions
• California
• United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Ethan Pierse, Advisor

Ethan is Director at The CryptoAssets Institute, Founder of Borderless Ventures for FrenchTech and ASEAN startups, Venture Partner at MotiVentures, and former Managing Partner Nest Ventures. As a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in digital marketing strategy and e-commerce, Ethan connects and enables cross-border startup investment and business development between the US, Europe and Southeast Asia. Ethan is a regular keynote speaker on corporate innovation, the blockchain economy and AI. He authored “Chief Startup Officer, How Corporates Can Leverage Startup Innovation.

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