Josh Garcia, '13, is the co-founder and principal at the blockchain consultancy Ketsal Consulting LLC, and co-founder and principal at Blakemore, Fallon, Garcia, Rosini & Russo PLLC. For the past five years he has worked as a regulatory attorney focused on legal issues affecting blockchain companies. Professor Garcia has worked with every type of legal entity to help them understand how law touches applied cryptography. Developers, exchanges, investors, institutional funds, banks, nonprofits, policy shops, U.S. congressional staffers, and international regulators all have sought his advice.
Professor Garcia works closely with clients to parse out complex regulations and determine how and whether they apply to an ever-changing industry. He provides advice on securities, commodities, money transmitter, lending, and consumer protection regulations, often on issues of first impression. He has established himself as a thought leader through his work on the SAFT Project, creative financings through the sale of digital assets, promotion of industry self-regulation, and guidance for new projects navigating the maze of global regulation.
He has been published in trade publications including
Coin Center, and
Bitcoin Magazine. He speaks regularly at conferences around the world, most recently having presented at the Hispanic National Bar Association's annual event and at the International Blockchain Congress in Hyderabad and Goa, India. He began his career at large international law firms prior to founding Blakemore Fallon with fellow Michigan Law alumnus James Blakemore, '13.
Professor Garcia earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Clarence Darrow Scholar. He earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona and his BA in psychology and comparative literature from New York University.
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