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NOVEMBER 29, 2016 — Davis Wright Tremaine LLP today announced the launch of its Blockchain and Distributed Technologies Initiative, which brings together a multidisciplinary team of more than thirty lawyers focused on the application of blockchain technology to the various industries in which they work. Collectively, the DWT team provides clients with the combined expertise to successfully evaluate and implement blockchain and distributed technologies and guide them through regulatory and market challenges as they arise. The team advises start-ups and established companies across the gamut of industries, including corporate and consumer finance, music, media, energy, entertainment, healthcare, nonprofits, telecommunications and supply chains/food distribution. DWT is unique among law firms in its development of a multiregional, multi-industry, and multidisciplinary team focused on the emergence of this game-changing technology and how its application impacts the way business is conducted.

DWT’s Blockchain and Distributed Technologies Initiative is led by partners Lance Koonce in New York and Courtney Stout in Washington, D.C. Lance is a preeminent intellectual property and privacy/security practitioner in the fields of advertising, software, music, television, film, and consumer products. He has extensive experience advising clients on the implications of emerging technologies and is co-chair of the New York County Lawyers Association’s Law & Technology Committee. Lance is the founder of DWT’s Blog. Courtney is a seasoned privacy and security attorney with over 20 years of experience advising clients in the technology, data security, and financial services industries. She is part of DWT’s Breach Response Team and regularly advises clients on blockchain-related issues in the payment and security space.

“Blockchain technology will both disrupt and transform many industries,” said Lance Koonce. “Its ability to securely and privately transfer anything of value without third-party intermediaries can affect how every company conducts business. In addition to advising clients in the financial sector, DWT works closely with those in other industries – such as entertainment/media and consumer products companies – that will soon begin to feel the effects of this technology. ”

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