Kilpatrick Townsend

Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency Digital Innovation

As with any new disrupting technology, blockchain has the potential to change the way the world does business, while simultaneously creating a range of legal, regulatory, and business challenges. At Kilpatrick Townsend, we provide strategic transactional, regulatory, and litigation advice to businesses, suppliers, and customers so that they may capitalize on the vast and diverse uses of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies and digital currencies, while avoiding their assorted pitfalls. Our multidisciplinary team of attorneys leverages its collective experience in contract negotiations, financial services regulation and compliance, corporate and securities laws, cybersecurity and privacy, intellectual property, litigation, technology transactions, and global data sourcing to help clients acquire, evaluate, and/or protect matters involving blockchain technologies or digital currency. Our collaborative, client-centric approach allows us to provide holistic, tailored advice across a myriad of industries — including financial services, venture capital, telecommunications, information management, software and technology, etc. — to help our clients develop and implement effective blockchain and digital currency strategies, products, and services.

Focus Areas

  • Initial Coin & Token Offerings, and other blockchain-enabled fundraising methods
  • Intellectual Property Strategy & Patent Applications
  • Cryptocurrency Payments & Transfers
  • Anti-Money Laundering Laws & Regulations
  • Money Transmitter/KYC Laws & Regulations
  • Smart Contracts, including open source software licensing
  • Enforceability & Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Services & Banking Regulation
  • Organization of De Novo & Fintech Banks
  • Federal & State Regulatory Compliance
  • Vendor/Customer Agreements & Negotiations
  • Supply Chain Integrity
  • Privacy & Data Protection, including compliance with new GDPR regulations
  • Blockchain Consortium Membership
  • Transactional Due Diligence


Primary Contacts

Christina M. Gattuso


Washington, DC

Michael J. Breslin


Atlanta, GA

Paul C. Haughey


San Francisco, CA

Michelle Tyde


Washington, DC