1st Annual Innovation & Technology Law Symposium - Blockchain and FinTech: Innovation and Regulation

6.5 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID # 1072966

This unique program, oriented for both the novice and the expert, brings together innovators and technologists, lawyers, and regulators to address the opportunities and regulatory challenges in financial innovation.


Recorded:  05/11/2018
Credits:  6.5 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA Activity ID # 1072966
Length: 6 hours, 54 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Featured Speakers: Dr. Joe Vincent, Dr. Joseph Williams, Lucinda Fazio, Colette Taylor, Dax Hansen

The 1st Annual Innovation & Technology Law CLE, "Blockchain and FinTech: Innovation and Regulation," brings together innovators and technologists, lawyers, and regulators to address the opportunities and regulatory challenges in financial innovation.

Discussion-centered panels will supply an overview of the current state and future of blockchain technology, oriented for both the novice and the expert. Other topics include:

  • Blockchain applications within and beyond financial services
  • Considerations in advancing blockchain cybersecurity.
  • How regulators can avoid stifling innovation while preventing fraud and protecting the public.
  • Emerging payment systems in the regulatory "sandbox"


Agenda and speakers subject to change

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

8:30-8:35 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks


Annette Clark, Dean, Seattle University School of Law

8:35 - 8:45 a.m.

Overview of Themes, Tensions, and Opportunities


Professor Steven Bender, Program Chair, Associate Dean for Planning & Strategic Initiatives, Seattle University School of Law

8:45-10:20 a.m.

Session 1 - The Current State and Future of Blockchain Technology


Ryan Straus, President, P19 Labs; Attorney, Fenwick & West, LLP; Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law


Greg Gilman, Science Inc

Kate Mitselmakher, Bioccelerate

Collette Taylor, President & CEO, Russell Investments Trust Company

Nikhil Jain, CEO and Co-founder, Oben Inc.

Sonali Perera, Crypto and Blockchain Speaker at Crypto LifeStyle

10:20-10:35 a.m.


10:35 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Session 2 - Applications of Blockchain Technology


Evan Jensen, Counsel, RChain Cooperative


Dax Hansen, Perkins Coie LLP

Nikhil Jain, CEO and Co-founder, Oben Inc.

Joseph M. Vincent, Dir. of Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions; Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Session 3 - Advancing Blockchain Cybersecurity: Technical and Policy Considerations for the Financial Services Industry


Steve Tapia, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Seattle University School of Law


Erin English, Microsoft

Derek Harris, Microsoft

12:30-12:45 p.m.

Luncheon - Pick up Box Lunches

12:45-1:30 p.m.

Lunch Networking

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Session 4 - Opportunity & Challenge: Regulatory Issues in Blockchain Technology


Joseph M. Vincent, Dir. of Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions; Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law


Charles Clark, Deputy Director, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions

Joseph Cutler, Perkins Coie LLP

David C. Silver, Silver Miller, Washington, DC

Paul Swegle, General Counsel for Observa, SHOP CO-OP, Newyu, Breathometer and XeePay

Dr. Joseph Williams, Director of Economic Development for the ICT Sector, Washington Department of Commerce

3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4:55 p.m.

Session 5 - The Innovation Regulatory Sandbox: Emerging Payment Systems


Joseph M. Vincent, Dir. of Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions; Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law


Lucinda Fazio, Chief of Regulation, Div. of Consumer Services, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions

Aaron Gregory, General Counsel, Remitly

Youssef Sneifer, President, Microsoft Payment, Inc.

4:55-5:45 p.m.

Reception sponsored by Fenwick and West LLP



Steven Bender

Associate Dean Steven Bender is a national academic leader on immigration and real estate law. He taught previously at the University of Oregon for 20 years where he served as the James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law, Director of Portland Programs, Director of the Green Business Initiative, and Co-Director of the Law and Entrepreneurship Center. His research interests coincide with his classroom teaching, which encompasses subjects such as Immersion Course: Lawyering for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Associations, Property, Real Estate Transactions, UCC Secured Transactions, Contracts, and Latina/os and the Law. Associate Dean Bender is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.


Charles E. Clark

Charlie Clark was appointed Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) on March 20, 2017. He also continues to serve as Director of the Division of Consumer Services within DFI, having been appointed to that role on January 1, 2015. As Director of Consumer Services, he oversees the regulation of residential mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage brokers, escrow agents, consumer finance companies, payday lenders, and money transmitters. Charlie previously served as the Program Manager of the Division's Enforcement Unit since 2012. Prior to joining the DFI, Charlie represented the DFI as its lead litigation counsel as an Assistant Attorney General from 2005 through 2011. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, he worked as an attorney in private practice. Charlie currently sits on the Board of Directors and serves as Vice President of the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting and an M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento. He received a J.D. degree in 1997 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Joseph Cutler

Joe Cutler is a partner in the Litigation practice and Privacy & Security practices. Joe's litigation work focuses on combating cybercrime and enforcing website terms of use. In addition, Joe counsels clients in areas related to privacy and data security, consumer protection law and internet law. He has spent considerable time conducting privacy audits and helping clients develop and implement information governance programs. As an active core member of the Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group, Joe advises clients dealing with bitcoin blockchain, and other cryptocurrency-related services to understand and comply with applicable regulatory obligations, and to develop and implement anti-money laundering programs and other internal governance.

Joe provides counsel on a number of regulatory issues related to financial services, including the Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN regulations, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) requirements and state money transmission and financial services laws.

A leader in the blockchain space, Joe represented the State of Washington's first licensed bitcoin company, CoinMe, and first cryptocurrency POS solution for the cannabis industry. He is currently working with a number of cryptocurrency exchanges to obtain their money transmitter licenses and to formalize the requisite internal governance to operate in the United States.

Joe is a key advisor to the Chamber of Digital Commerce, co-chairing its state working group. He also has experience advising the government, having counseled 15 U.S. House Representatives and Senators on ways to integrate blockchain technology into government functions to reduce bureaucracy. He testified before Washington State House and Senate legislative committees considering legislation related to blockchain and cryptocurrency. Joe has also represented clients under threat of enforcement by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.

Erin English

Erin English is a senior strategist for Cybersecurity Public Policy with Microsoft's Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy team. In this position, Erin is responsible for enabling use of cloud computing by regulated industries and providing strategic direction for Microsoft's engagement with cybersecurity policy forums. He also helps drive development of Microsoft's cybersecurity public policy initiatives on cyber risk, blockchain technology and cyber norms.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Erin served as a senior analyst in the Treasury Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and was one of the Department's Financial Attaches in South Asia during and after the Global Financial Crisis.

Erin received is B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his MALD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He lives in the Puget Sound area with his wife and two young children.

Lucinda Fazio

Lucinda Fazio is the Chief of Regulation for the Division of Consumer Services at the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.

Greg Gilman

Greg is co-founder and general counsel of Science Inc, founder of Science Blockchain, and a Managing Director of the $75 million Science Ventures Fund. He was a member of the board of directors of HelloSociety, FameBit, and PlayHaven until each was acquired (by The New York Times Co, Google, and RockYou, respectively) and currently sits on the board of Mammoth Media.

He is the Executive Chairman of RxVantage, and previously served as a Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he designed and taught courses in intellectual property law and licensing. He also held FINRA (then NASD) Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. He received his B.A from Tufts University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.

Aaron Gregory

Aaron Gregory is vice president of legal for Remitly, an international money transfer provider based in Seattle. Aaron was named Seattle's 2016 In-House Innovator of the Year. As the company's senior attorney, he oversees all legal issues affecting global business, from international partnerships, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory and licensing matters to marketing, fundraising, and corporate law issues.

Dax Hansen

J. Dax Hansen is a Partner at Perkins Coie LLP and Chair of the firm's Fintech and Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency Industry groups and a member of the firm's Technology, Transactions and Privacy practice group. He has an extensive background in providing legal guidance on emerging payment systems, including online and mobile payments, digital currencies and distributed ledgers, like blockchain. His practice emphasis includes IT, payments and international business transactions, including mobile financial services and m-commerce, online business, software and technology licensing, and Japanese business transactions.

Derek Harris

Derek Harris is the primary in-house counsel at Microsoft supporting the Azure Blockchain Engineering team. In his current role, he is responsible for negotiating deals and providing legal guidance on business strategy and open source matters. He previously was a licensing attorney in the Microsoft Intellectual Property Group, where he handled inbound and outbound patent licensing deals. Derek was a core contributor in architecting Microsoft's recently launched Azure IP Advantage program (2017). Prior to joining Microsoft, Derek was a flight controls engineer for NASA, where he was part of a team that launched Boeing Delta II rockets into space. He received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004) and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law (2011).

Nikhil Jain

Nikhil Jain is the co-founder and CEO of ObEN, an artificial intelligence company developing Personal Artificial Intelligence (PAI), a 3D intelligent avatar that looks, talks and behaves uniquely like its human counterpart. ObEN is an early adopter of Project PAI, a fully decentralized blockchain based network designed to give people trackable ownership and management rights to their PAI. Prior to ObEN, Nikhil cofounded technology companies OnGreen and Up and Running Software. Nikhil has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pondicherry University.

Evan Jensen

Evan was the first graduate of Seattle University School of Law's LLM program focused on fintech, and is particularly interested in creative, non-financial applications of blockchain technology. He is now general counsel for RChain Cooperative.

Kate Mitselmakher

Kate Mitselmakher is the CEO, Founder & General Partner of Bloccelerate VC, a venture fund and an accelerator focused on emerging blockchain companies. Kate has not only been one of the early investors in cryptocurrencies who has seen a 100x return since 2013, but also a passionate blockchain advocate for the enterprise applications across Fortune 500 companies. During her time with world's largest technology research firm, Gartner, Kate has supported top CIOs of global public and private enterprises across full spectrum of their technology strategy & implementation. In the past three years, as a part of Gartner Invest group, Kate has advised numerous venture-based companies and accelerators, such as Alchemist Accelerator. She also worked alongside some of the top investors in Silicon Valley, thereby creating a strong network of top entrepreneurs, VCs, and technology buyers. During her free time, Kate also runs Seattle-based Crypto-Miners Meet-ups, and completes her Master's thesis on Blockchain from Harvard University.

Sonali Perera

Sonali Giovino Perera has been involved in the crypto space for the last year and has been working full time with crypto and blockchain technology for the past 6 months. She is an active investors, trader, seller and public speaker. She speaks weekly in Vancouver in front of groups of people who are all interested in learning about crypto. She teaches live workshops on crypto fundamentals, blockchain technology, trading, alt coins, ICO's, mining, chart analysis and much more.

Prior to this Sonali was the founder of a company called Service Angels Global, which is a Digital Marketing Company. She is also the Founder of Inner Power Events, which produces personal development events designed to inspire people to take actions towards their dreams and bringing innovative visions to life.

David C. Silver

David C. Silver is a founding Partner of Silver Miller and is focused exclusively on representing aggrieved investors and cryptocurrency users worldwide who seek to recover their financial losses. He is admitted to practice in Florida, the District of Columbia and US District Court, and holds his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, 2002; and his B.A. from the University of Michigan, 1999.

Youssef Sneifer

As President of Microsoft Payments, Inc., Youssef plans, directs and controls the entity's overall business strategy and day-to-day-execution. Prior to joining Microsoft Payments, Inc., Youssef served as the Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation's Corporate, External and Legal Affairs advising clients on a variety of regulatory and legal matters. He has over 20 years of experience, in private practice and at Microsoft, advising clients on a variety of commercial transactions and commerce and payment services with a special focus on online and offline electronic payment services, prepaid access/stored value/virtual currency and cross-border payment. Prior to joining Microsoft, He was an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine where he focused on corporate restructuring, reorganization and insolvency. He is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law.

Ryan Straus

Ryan Straus focuses his practice on providing strategic advice to companies on legal, policy and business issues relating to financial technology. Ryan has significant experience advising financial technology clients on a broad spectrum of regulatory issues and has long-standing relationships with state and federal financial regulators.

Ryan is a recognized expert on non-bank providers of financial products and services and frequently counsels participants from both the public and private sectors regarding innovations in consumer finance. In addition to his law practice, Ryan is Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law and co-developed the Digital Commerce and Financial Technology curriculum for Seattle University's new LLM in Innovation and Technology Law. Ryan is the author of Bloomberg BNA's Emerging Payments portfolio, part of Bloomberg BNA's Banking Practice Series, and co-author of the United States chapter of "The Law of Bitcoin​." Ryan is a frequent speaker on a wide range of consumer finance topics, including issues related to new product development, operational compliance, and Bitcoin and the Blockchain, and has been interviewed by, and written for, many national publications, including Forbes, Time, American Banker, Bloomberg Brief: Financial Regulation, Communications of the ACM, the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, and The Hill.

Paul Swegle

Paul Swegle is an experienced business and transactional attorney who enjoys collaborating with business teams to build, fund, launch and market innovative products, services and technologies. Paul has a strong background in corporate governance, compliance, contracts, employment law, intellectual property, litigation management, dispute resolution, public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions and SEC reporting. Paul's legal and business experience spans many industries, including fintech, e-commerce, gig economy, SaaS, social media marketing, retail tech, financial services, manufacturing, medical and health devices and natural resources.

Paul currently serves as General Counsel to several companies, including Breathometer, Inc., Newyu, Inc., Observa, Inc., Wetboard, Inc. and Payment Gear, Inc. He also handles a wide variety of other projects for other clients in areas such as corporate governance, company formation, mergers and acquisitions, finance, commercial agreements, employment law, intellectual property and litigation.

Paul is the Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Washington State Bar Association ("WSBA"), serves on the WSBA's Securities Law Committee and was recently elected to the WSBA's governing body, the WSBA Board of Governors. Paul was voted Corporate Counsel of the Year in 2012 by the Puget Sound Business Journal. He is also a past-President of the Bellevue College Foundation, serves on the board of the Alliance for Pioneer Square and serves as Co-chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Stairclimb in Seattle.

Steve Tapia

Steve Tapia has practiced entertainment, media and intellectual property law for over 30 years.

As in-house counsel for DIRECTV Sports Networks, he was the primary contract negotiator and rights manager for sports programming and distribution partnerships with the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, Big Sky Conference, Mountain West Conference and many other teams and conferences. Before joining DIRECTV, he was a Senior Attorney in Microsoft's Law and Corporate Affairs department. His assignments included leading Microsoft's Copyright And Trade Secret Practice Group, and advising on Microsoft's open source licensing strategies and policies. He also was the primary counsel for MSN, MSNBC, Slate, and Microsoft's corporate marketing and advertising operations. In addition to legal positions, he also led Microsoft's business development teams for ebooks and entertainment. Prior to joining Microsoft, Professor Tapia was in-house counsel for HBO (specializing in motion picture and television production) and also KCET (Los Angeles' PBS station). He began his legal career as an intellectual property and media law litigator at Loeb and Loeb, Los Angeles. He frequently speaks on copyright law, social networking, online advertising issues, media law, first amendment issues and digital downloads of entertainment content.

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Districts Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the California State Bar. He is a former President of the Yale Club of Southern California. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2009, Interim Music Director of Faith Lutheran Church (Redmond, WA) and is a professional musician.

Colette Taylor

Colette Taylor is President and CEO of the Russell Investments Trust Company. She has responsibility for the leadership and administration of the Trust Company, including guiding and directing the governance process, setting policies, discussing directives and monitoring financial reports. Colette also manages some of our largest clients, focusing on advising and delivering custom outsourcing solutions. She is an active member of the risk management committee, Russell Global Council and leads the Diversity and Inclusion efforts for the firm globally.

From 2004 through 2006, Colette was responsible for the management of trust administration and trust participant services for Russell U.S. institutional clients. She oversaw the development, implementation and delivery of trust, custody and retiree products and services. From 2000 to April 2004, Colette worked for Russell/Mellon Analytical Services, managing the client service unit. She was responsible for the product development, management and execution of a new consultant and investment management outsourcing service model inclusive of performance, analytic and attribution products. From 1988 to 2000, Colette held various positions including research analyst in the Investment Division, focusing on U.S. fixed income investment managers. She was also a supervisor in the performance and analytics department.

Colette is Chair of the Global Russell Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable at Russell, and founding president of Russell's women's network. Colette is also a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum, chairs the Pacific Lutheran University Executive Advisory Board for the School of Business, and she is a director on the Boards of Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainer region and Prison Pet Partnership.

Joseph M. Vincent

Joseph M. Vincent is Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs for the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, where he has taught Financial Institutions Law & Policy and co-taught Introduction to Financial Technology Law. Joe has had nearly four decades of experience in banking and financial services regulation, consumer protection, corporate governance matters, real estate and mortgage lending, land development and construction law, information technology, litigation and litigation management. This has included several years as a civil litigator and trial lawyer in private practice, 11 years as corporate counsel for Washington Federal, N.A. (f/k/a, Washington Federal Savings), and 5 years as an entrepreneur with information technology firms, including running an Internet-based mortgage company and as a consultant for public key infrastructure (PKI) solutions. Joe served on the stakeholder committee in 1995 that drafted the original version of the Washington Electronic Authentic Act, and he helped develop and served on the Board of Advisers of the LLM/MLS Program in Innovation & Technology Law at Seattle University School of Law. Joe is State Law Developments Subcommittee Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. Joe was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received his Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Dr. Joseph Williams

A former executive with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Williams served as the Dean of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University before joining the Washington Department of Commerce. His distinguished career in the tech industry, in academia and the public sector includes extensive experience working with angel investing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and customers on the business models and economics of cloud computing. He has authored three books and dozens of articles related to the ICT industry while he was a professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University in the 1990s. Dr. Williams has degrees from the University of California-Berkley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Texas-Austin.


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