Meet the BlockDrop team

Jeff Knight

Jeff Knight

Esq. Founder, CEO | BlockDrop, Inc. Formerly of Burns & Levinson, LLP
Mr. Knight is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He has also litigated in the U.S. District Court for the District of New York in the Eastern District, pro hac vice. In three consecutive years, from 2016 to 2018, Mr. Knight has been awarded distinctions from Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. Mr. Knight is experienced in pre-ICO, ICO, and post-ICO investments and enterprise blockchain legal matters. As CEO, M...
Mr. Knight is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He has also litigated in the U.S. District Court for the District of New York in the Eastern District, pro hac vice. In three consecutive years, from 2016 to 2018, Mr. Knight has been awarded distinctions from Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. Mr. Knight is experienced in pre-ICO, ICO, and post-ICO investments and enterprise blockchain legal matters. As CEO, Mr. Knight brings a diverse background combined with an invaluable leadership skill set. As co-founder of his own legal practice, he worked with his partners to successfully scale a law practice. Most recently Mr. Knight served as a corporate attorney at Burns Levinson, a mid-sized law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. During his career in private practice, Mr. Knight has handled a multitude of legal matters in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space which has been an area of great personal and professional interest. Mr. Knight’s broad expertise includes advising blockchain companies on myriad regulatory compliance and licensing requirements, representing start-up clients in the software and biotech industries, and advising investors in connection with ICO and other blockchain-related investments. Mr. Knight is also an experienced negotiator and trained mediator. With these skills, he has successfully negotiated large settlements in complex matters and assisted clients to avoid adverse regulatory action. Mr. Knight graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Classical Studies. He completed his law degree at New England Law | Boston, cum laude. While in law school, he served on the executive board of the Law Review. His article was published on a topic advocating for a more fulsome Fifth Amendment invocation standard. Mr. Knight earned the CALI award for best grade in Evidence. He also did so in Federal Courts. Mr. Knight was awarded the honors judicial internship and served this role for the then-Chief Judge Mark Wolf of the U.S. District Court (D. Mass) and again for now-retired Associate Justice Harry Grossman of the Massachusetts Land Court.
Karl Kobylecki

Karl Kobylecki

Esq. Operations | Harvard Law School JD ‘14 Formerly of DLA Piper - Silicon Valley
Karl Kobylecki is an independent equity investor and derivatives strategist. Previously, Mr. Kobylecki worked at DLA Piper LLP in Silicon Valley as an associate attorney in the Corporate & Securities Group, where he advised clients on a wide variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, spin-offs and technology licensing deals. His legal experience also includes pro bono representation of various clients including environmental non-profit organizations, ...
Karl Kobylecki is an independent equity investor and derivatives strategist. Previously, Mr. Kobylecki worked at DLA Piper LLP in Silicon Valley as an associate attorney in the Corporate & Securities Group, where he advised clients on a wide variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, spin-offs and technology licensing deals. His legal experience also includes pro bono representation of various clients including environmental non-profit organizations, research foundations and tenants facing eviction. Prior to joining DLA, Mr. Kobylecki had worked as a research assistant for Professor Michael Klarman at Harvard Law School, as an English tutor in Shanghai, China, and as a Resident Advisor for the University of Michigan. Mr. Kobylecki is a member of the State Bar of California, holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In his spare time, Mr. Kobylecki enjoys skiing, hiking, building computers and cooking.
Tyler J. Harttraft

Tyler J. Harttraft

Esq. | Delaney McBride
Tyler Harttraft’s practice includes defending corporate entities in high-stakes litigation and advising companies on a variety of intellectual property and technology matters. In the past, Mr.Harttraft assisted in advising both small, local businesses and Fortune 500 companies regarding trademark and copyright infringement claims and clearance opinions. His combined transactional and litigation experience includes crafting agreements to protect the intellectual property rights of businesses, as ...
Tyler Harttraft’s practice includes defending corporate entities in high-stakes litigation and advising companies on a variety of intellectual property and technology matters. In the past, Mr.Harttraft assisted in advising both small, local businesses and Fortune 500 companies regarding trademark and copyright infringement claims and clearance opinions. His combined transactional and litigation experience includes crafting agreements to protect the intellectual property rights of businesses, as well as litigating, resolving, and negotiating claims filed by others. Mr. Harttraft received his law degree from Drexel University, where he focused on corporate and intellectual property law and was a member of the school’s esteemed Trial Team. He was also a Staff Editor of the Drexel Law Review and an advocate for Philadelphia area startups and non-profit organizations. A published author on developments in intellectual property law and blockchain technology, Mr. Harttraft is a member of the American Bar Association’s Trademarks and Internet Committee. Mr. Harttraft is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
Andrew Bull

Andrew Bull

Esq. | Bull Blockchain Law
Andrew Bull is an expert in cryptocurrency and blockchain regulation, Mr. Bull holds a Law Degree and Master’s Degree from Drexel University, where he wrote his thesis on the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the U.S. from 2013 to 2016. Finding Bitcoin in 2011, Mr. Bull has now spent more than 7 years within the blockchain space, providing legal consulting for individuals and businesses on how to launch regulatory compliant ICOs, funds, and layered blockchain applications in traditional business...
Andrew Bull is an expert in cryptocurrency and blockchain regulation, Mr. Bull holds a Law Degree and Master’s Degree from Drexel University, where he wrote his thesis on the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the U.S. from 2013 to 2016. Finding Bitcoin in 2011, Mr. Bull has now spent more than 7 years within the blockchain space, providing legal consulting for individuals and businesses on how to launch regulatory compliant ICOs, funds, and layered blockchain applications in traditional business platforms. Since 2016, Mr. Bull has been the CEO of Titan Ventures, operating a digital asset fund and proprietary crypto mining operation. He also frequently writes and speaks publicly on topics ranging from blockchain implementation in the financial, healthcare, and tech sectors to regulatory compliance for all crypto and blockchain related businesses.
Rebecca Rettig

Rebecca Rettig

Esq | Dontzin, Nagy, Fleissig, LLP Formerly of Cravath, Swaine, Moore LLP
Rebecca Rettig is a complex commercial litigator specializing in legal and regulatory matters relating to blockchain and digital assets. Rebecca is a member of Global Digital Finance (“GDF”), a global industry body that has drafted a Code of Conduct for token sales, and, in her capacity with GDF, contributed substantially to the proposed code relating to token offering white papers.
Rebecca litigates and arbitrates matters relating to digital assets and blockchain. In addition, Re...
Rebecca Rettig is a complex commercial litigator specializing in legal and regulatory matters relating to blockchain and digital assets. Rebecca is a member of Global Digital Finance (“GDF”), a global industry body that has drafted a Code of Conduct for token sales, and, in her capacity with GDF, contributed substantially to the proposed code relating to token offering white papers.
Rebecca litigates and arbitrates matters relating to digital assets and blockchain. In addition, Rebecca has advised Wall Street private equity firms on the legal and regulatory implications relating to potential digital asset- and blockchain-related investments, and has advised clients on the legal and regulatory implications of issuing security and consumer tokens. Rebecca also advises and guides blockchain clients in pre-litigation disputes to resolution to ensure that they avoid protracted and public litigation.
Although the blockchain industry is young and thus, litigation relating to these matters is relatively new, Rebecca has had the unique experience of arbitrating a crypto-related dispute from start to finish. Rebecca leverages that experience to advise her clients in both pre-litigation and litigation stages.
In addition to her blockchain practice, Rebecca handles cases in federal and state court, and has litigated successfully for financial institutions, technology companies, hedge funds, and major airlines.
Rebecca previously worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she served as lead trial counsel and trial counsel in a number of cases pending in federal and state courts. She advised clients in all aspects of pre-litigation dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution, and general litigation.
Robert Williams

Robert Williams

Esq. | Legal Software Editor
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Joshua Klayman BlockDrop Advisor

Joshua Klayman

Esq. | Inflection Point Law
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Alex Bardine

Alex Bardine

LLM (Harvard), MLaw (Zurich), BLaw (Zurich) Founder, Trustee Blockchain-based data security
Alex Bardine focuses upon mediation, business negotiations, and international commercial arbitration. Mr. Bardine holds an LL.M. Degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as a Vice President at Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association as well as an Editor at Harvard Business Law Review including as an Online Staff Editor at Harvard International Law Journal. He also holds a Bachelor of Law (summa cum laude) and Master of Law (summa cum laude) degrees from the University o...
Alex Bardine focuses upon mediation, business negotiations, and international commercial arbitration. Mr. Bardine holds an LL.M. Degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as a Vice President at Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association as well as an Editor at Harvard Business Law Review including as an Online Staff Editor at Harvard International Law Journal. He also holds a Bachelor of Law (summa cum laude) and Master of Law (summa cum laude) degrees from the University of Zurich, where he is also working on his Ph.D. thesis on Litigation Funding in International Commercial Arbitration. Between 2013 and 2017 Mr. Bardine served as an Alumni Board Member of the Swiss-based Institute for Value-based Entrepreneurship, coaching future leaders and entrepreneurs. In 2018 Mr. Bardine co-founded an MIT-based startup Trustee dedicated to solving an identity fraud issue through blockchain. He is an active member of multiple international professional associations and in his practice focuses on business negotiations. He served as Mediator in Massachusetts small claim courts and also writes and speaks on topics related to commercial dispute resolution.
Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner

CEO | Tokes Platform
Michael hails from an eclectic background in finance, technology, and the blockchain & cryptocurrency industries. His traditional career work developed aptitudes in a number of disciplines within private wealth management, including securities analysis, investment selection, and portfolio construction and management. These techniques were further refined through the completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst program administered through the CFA Institute, a prestigious financial designation. ...
Michael hails from an eclectic background in finance, technology, and the blockchain & cryptocurrency industries. His traditional career work developed aptitudes in a number of disciplines within private wealth management, including securities analysis, investment selection, and portfolio construction and management. These techniques were further refined through the completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst program administered through the CFA Institute, a prestigious financial designation. Michael began analyzing cryptocurrencies in 2013 and quickly began introducing them as an alternative asset class, and potential diversifier in the portfolio construction process. With proficiencies in computer hardware management, he subsequently developed extensive mining operations focused on POW-mineable cryptocurrencies, with a specific emphasis on profit maximization techniques, and custom mining software development. After a number of successes in both finance and blockchain, he co founded the blockchain technology company Tokes Platform as an initiative targeting payments in the legal cannabis space. The company now develops full crypto-based point-of-sale software, seed-to-sale tracking on blockchain, supply chain management solutions, and is seeing significant interest in adoption in a diverse range of industries.
Katrin Kuhlmann

Katrin Kuhlmann

Esq. Professor of Law | Harvard Law School, Georgetown President of New Markets Lab Formerly of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP
Katrin Kuhlmann is the President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, a non-profit law and development center. She is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and she serves as a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Her areas of focus include trade and development, economic law and regulation, entrepreneurship, regional trade, and international legal and r...
Katrin Kuhlmann is the President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, a non-profit law and development center. She is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and she serves as a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Her areas of focus include trade and development, economic law and regulation, entrepreneurship, regional trade, and international legal and regulatory reform. She is published widely and frequently speaks on these topics, and she has testified before Congress on several occasions. ? Ms. Kuhlmann is a Senior Associate with the Global Food Security Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Law and International Development Society (LIDS) at Harvard and Georgetown Law Schools, the Bretton Woods Committee, the Trade Policy Forum, and the Trade, Finance, and Development Experts Group of the E15 Initiative led by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum. She serves on the boards of Listening for America, the Washington International Trade Association and Malaika Foundation. Ms. Kuhlmann was previously a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa. Earlier in her career, she was a trade negotiator at USTR and practiced international law at Skadden Arps and Dewey Ballantime. Before founding the New Markets Lab, she held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations and think tanks, including as a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute, and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study international economics.
Ellen McCarthy

Ellen McCarthy

Esq. | VMS Consulting Formerly Counsel at New York Stock Exchange
Ellen McCarthy is an accomplished C-level executive, attorney, and business partner with a proven track record of providing leadership, strategy, execution, and subject-matter expertise in meeting regulatory requirements and mitigating risk across enterprises. Leveraging her deep regulatory compliance background in leadership roles at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as in-house, Ellen founded Sustainable Compliance Strategies, L...
Ellen McCarthy is an accomplished C-level executive, attorney, and business partner with a proven track record of providing leadership, strategy, execution, and subject-matter expertise in meeting regulatory requirements and mitigating risk across enterprises. Leveraging her deep regulatory compliance background in leadership roles at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as in-house, Ellen founded Sustainable Compliance Strategies, LLC™ in 2017 to transform organizations by offering tailored, sustainable solutions that provide safety and soundness to the financial services industry. In 2018, Ellen’s company entered into a strategic alliance with VMS, LLC, a trusted partner to top-tier financial services organizations worldwide, and Ellen joined VMS as Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer to head the VMS compliance and risk management advisory and consulting offering. Previously, as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk & Compliance Officer of the American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (AST), Ms. McCarthy directed all corporate compliance and risk functions throughout North America for AST and its affiliated operating entities, including CST Trust Company, Donlin Recano, and D.F. King. An active member of an industry-wide Risk & Compliance Committee as well as AST’s Trust Indenture, New Business Acceptance, and New Initiative Approval Process Committees, she provided subject matter expertise to clients and the Board and led a cross-border senior executive team of compliance, risk management, and internal audit professionals. Prior to joining AST, Ellen advanced through increasingly responsible Senior Counsel roles with NYSE/FINRA, holding key positions on several committees that drove continuous improvements through cross-functional collaborations with internal and external stakeholders and advanced the organization’s diversity, inclusion, and educational initiatives. She planned and executed hundreds of high-impact investigations and prosecutions for NYSE/FINRA Enforcement regarding alternative investments, private placements, market timing, customer suitability and sales practice concerns, social media, complex structured products, initial public offerings (IPOs), anti-money laundering (AML), cyber security/protection of sensitive customer data, fraud, and financial/operational misconduct. Ellen earned a J.D. from St. John’s University and a B.A., Summa Cum Laude from St. Joseph’s College, where she was class Valedictorian. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and is a Bar Member of the State of New York. Ms. McCarthy received Working Mother Magazine’s “Working Mother of the Year Award” in 2013. Born and raised in Brooklyn Heights, NY, she now resides in Breezy Point, NY with her husband and two sons. Active in her community, Ellen serves on the Lawyers and Hearing Committees of her residential cooperative, was Chair of the St. Matthias Catholic Academy Board, and is a past Board member of the Cobble Hill Health Center and Stella Maris High School.
Steve Roach

Steve Roach

Formerly of Citi - Chief of Staff to CTO Legal Compliance Technology
Steve Roach is a senior financial services executive with extensive experience across the operations and technology management spectrum. Mr. Roach is known to be effective at building and directing teams by defining strategic direction and delivering solutions through disciplined execution management, client centric MIS, and people development. Mr. Roach has directly managed both front and back office organizations, worked domestically and in foreign offices, been responsible for both line and s...
Steve Roach is a senior financial services executive with extensive experience across the operations and technology management spectrum. Mr. Roach is known to be effective at building and directing teams by defining strategic direction and delivering solutions through disciplined execution management, client centric MIS, and people development. Mr. Roach has directly managed both front and back office organizations, worked domestically and in foreign offices, been responsible for both line and staff departments, and has spanned both retail and wholesale financial services functions. This wide background allows him to bring a unique business perspective to the management process and accelerates productivity. Some representative background areas include: Business Risk Management - Managed the overall implementation and maturity evolution of the Management Control Framework Environment across the Prepaid Cards Business; assure the assessment of the effectiveness of the process controls and the development of the Key Metrics to manage, assess, and mitigate Operational Risk through a rigorous governance process. COO / CAO / CFO - Managed the organizational infrastructure and the financial reporting functions(Client Services, IT, Human Resources, Accounting, Payroll, Cash Management) for a receivables financing firm, during a period of rapid growth in which the client base quadrupled, and the funding levels rose five fold Strategic Planning and Analysis - Established product unit costs in all operations locations worldwide, for a global financial services business, providing the first comprehensive tool to focus the 1,200 person organization on uniform goals to manage the $70,000,000 expense budget; offsetting $6,000,000 in previously uncovered risks and implemented a foreign currency expense hedging process for our overseas facilities Security / Risk Management - Directed global security administration and encryption authentication in multiple geographic locations, managing system level and network access entitlements; safeguarded $13 trillion in daily client transaction volume Technology Management - Managed a multinational Compliance Technology Portfolio team that addressed compliance with Conflict of Interest policy for a 70,000 corporate banking employee base Wholesale Banking Operations, Internal Audit Department – Managed operational and EDP audit programs for several wholesale banking areas as well as for compliance to SDLC throughout the development lifecycle Identity & Entitlement Management – Managed an enterprise wide program for Identity and Entitlement Management, executing programs and process to assure only proper access to information assets was permitted for a multinational commercial bank (over 300,000 employees and over 100,000 non-employees); Directed the Enterprise Control of Identities and Entitlements initiative for BanamexUSA addressing over-entitlement risks to information assets throughout the entitlement life cycle and implementing processes to improve core identity, provisioning, review, and de-provisioning.
Debbie Hoffman

Debbie Hoffman

Esq. | Founder and CEO Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc
Debbie Hoffman is Founder & CEO of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc. where she works with clients in their endeavors related to education, strategy and development of blockchain solutions. With her experience in financial services, law and technology innovation, Debbie brings a unique perspective in working with Symmetry’s clients. Debbie was previously the Chief Legal Officer at a financial services company where, in addition to overseeing all legal and compliance matters, she was an integral...
Debbie Hoffman is Founder & CEO of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc. where she works with clients in their endeavors related to education, strategy and development of blockchain solutions. With her experience in financial services, law and technology innovation, Debbie brings a unique perspective in working with Symmetry’s clients. Debbie was previously the Chief Legal Officer at a financial services company where, in addition to overseeing all legal and compliance matters, she was an integral part of the executive team in the strategy and implementation of client solutions. She spent a decade of her career as a real estate finance attorney at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. Debbie has also been a professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law and the University of Central Florida. In 2018 Debbie was named as a NAWRB Roaring Thirty Winner in the category of “The Visionary.” In 2017, Debbie was awarded as a Top General Counsel by the First Chair Awards, received an Honorable Mention as a Leading Lady in the MReport’s Women in Housing issue and was named as a 2017 “Hot 100” in Mortgage Professional America. She was selected as a 2018, 2016 and 2014 Woman of Influence by Housingwire Magazine and was awarded a 2015 Stevie® Award, Woman of the Year and a 2014 Stevie® Award, Female Executive. She is a frequent author in industry periodicals, a speaker at conferences and events, as well as a guest lecturer at universities of higher education.
Charles Nesson

Charles Nesson

Weld Professor of Law | Harvard Law School Founder of Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Professor Nesson charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he founded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, which has since evolved to become the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He has taught Evidence, the American Jury, and Fair Trial for Harvard Law School and JuryX online for HarvardX. Professor Nesson is currently leading a project for restorative justice in Jamaica. More information can be found at: https://en.wikipedi...
Professor Nesson charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he founded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, which has since evolved to become the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He has taught Evidence, the American Jury, and Fair Trial for Harvard Law School and JuryX online for HarvardX. Professor Nesson is currently leading a project for restorative justice in Jamaica. More information can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Nesson
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