Joseph B. Evans

McDermott Will & Emery
One Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212 547 5767

Joseph (Joe) B. Evans represents cryptocurrency and FinTech companies. Joe is widely recognized as a leader in cryptocurrency law. Since 2013, Joe has been representing companies and individuals in all aspects of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related legal matters, spanning from defending government investigations, pursuing cutting-edge cryptocurrency litigation, obtaining money transmitter and other state licenses, and advising on initial coin offerings.

Joe defends government officials and senior executives in some of the nation’s most high-profile government investigations and criminal jury trials. Joe represents clients in complex litigation matters and appeals in state and federal courts, with a primary focus on fraud-related litigation. Joe also defends public figures, senior executives, and corporate defendants in a variety of state felony and misdemeanor matters.

Joe has been recognized for his success in cryptocurrency-related litigation, including in connection with one of the cryptocurrency industry’s largest bankruptcy cases in the United States and intellectual property litigation between competing cryptocurrency companies. Joe has qualified cryptocurrency tracing experts in federal court and obtained immediate recovery of stolen cryptocurrency for his clients. Joe also obtained emergency relief in intellectual property litigation against competitors using the same and similar names for competing cryptocurrencies.

Joe regularly rolls-out cryptocurrency exchanges and other technology companies nationwide by obtaining state-by-state money transmitter and similar licenses and seeking no action relief. Joe specializes in banking regulations, money transmitter laws, and securities regulations as they pertain to cryptocurrency and other FinTech companies. Joe and others from McDermott obtained a first-of-its kind determination by the Wyoming Division of Banking holding that a particular Wyoming trust company is permitted to custody cryptocurrency as a qualified custodian under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Joe also advises cryptocurrency companies and other digital payment platforms on anti-money laundering, regulatory, sanctions, and other compliance issues.

For many years Joe has been publishing cryptocurrency-related articles and performing at speaking engagements. Joe was recently called upon to provide a training program on cryptocurrency tracing to a federal law enforcement agency.

Joe is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.