James A. Murphy is Co-founder and Chairman of the law firm Murphy & McGonigle, P.C. (www.mmlawus.com) with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Murphy & McGonigle was created to serve the regulatory and litigation needs of the financial services industry–both incumbents and disruptors. The firm has 12 partners who formerly served in senior roles at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as partners with previous service at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), U.S. Department of Justice and the New York Department of Financial Services. The firm recently brought on board the principal architect of New York’s BitLicense. Mr. Murphy is a frequent lecturer on U.S. regulation of cryptocurrencies as well as blockchain-based businesses generally. Today, much of Murphy & McGonigle’s focus is on advising clients with respect to meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities presented by blockchain technology. The firm has recently advised on a number of cryptoasset derivative products, trading platforms and investment vehicles. The firm also recently created the “Blockchain Law Center” (www.blockchainlawcenter.com) which is a public resource focused on legal and regulatory developments in the blockchain space. The firm’s private, subscription based, “Blockchain Litigation Database” tracks developments in all civil litigation, regulatory enforcement proceedings and criminal cases in the U.S. related to cryptocurrencies and other blockchain applications.