Ryan Straus

Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Vitae


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
E-mail:  strausr@seattleu.edu


J.D., Lewis and Clark Law School, 2006
B.A., University of Washington, 2001
Admitted to practice in Washington State


Ryan Straus is Counsel in the Technology Transactions group at Fenwick & West LLP, where he co-chairs the firm's Payment Systems Practice Group. Professor Straus has a background in consumer financial services and technology and is passionate about responsible innovation in finance.

Straus regularly writes and speaks about the law as it relates to the delivery of financial services by both traditional and non-traditional financial institutions. Professor Straus served as an observer to the Uniform Law Commission's study committee on Alternative and Mobile Payments Systems and drafting committee on the Regulation of Virtual Currencies and recently authored the Emerging Payments portfolio in BNA's Banking Practice Portfolio Series and co-authored the United States chapter of The Law of Bitcoin.

Professor Straus graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in business administration with a focus on information systems, and graduated magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School. He is listed as a "Rising Star" in Washington Super Lawyers.


Author, Emerging Payments, 404 Banking Practice Portfolio Series (BNA) (December 2015)

Co-Author, The Law of Bitcoin (July 2015)

Author, "The Last Straw for Bitcoin," American Banker (June 5, 2013)

Author, The FinCEN Virtual Currency Guidance: Neutering Bitcoin?, E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy international (April 2013)

Cited by international publications including Time, Forbes, Politico, American Banker, E-Finance & Payments Law Policy, The Hill, Bloomberg Brief: Financial Regulation, Financial Times, and Communications of the ACM.