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James Williams

James Williams

US Co-Chair, Blockchain and Digital Assets

James represents domestic and foreign crypto asset issuers, exchanges, market makers, investors and developers with respect to project structuring, token modeling, venture finance, public distributions and US securities regulatory compliance. He is one of the nation's leading voices on offshore token distribution models and represents projects ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar global enterprises. In addition, James advises global consumer brands, film studios, professional sports teams and entertainers on Web3 strategy and activations.

A few of James' crypto-native clients include: AO Supercomputer, Arweave, Bullish, dYdX, First Digital, Galaxy Digital, Injective Protocol, Paxos, and WSPN. Media/Brand/Entertainment web3 clients include: AMC Networks, L'Oreal, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles, Lakers, New York Nets, NYX Professional Makeup, Victoria's Secret, and Yves St. Laurent

Bar admissionsCalifornia
CourtsUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitUnited States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaUnited States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
  • B.A., Classics, University of California, Riverside
    magna cum laude


The Legal 500 United States

  • Recommended, Fintech (2023)
  • Recommended, Fintech: Crypto (2023)


  • Co-chair and Panelist, "Blockchain and Digital Assets 2023," Practicing Law Institute, December 2023
  • Panelist, "Opportunities and Challenges for Digital Assets in the US," Global Digital Forum London, September 2023
  • Speaker, "Metaverse/Real Estate Convergence Trends" American College of Real Estate Lawyers, May 2023
  • Speaker, "The New Paradigm: How Web3 is Changing the way Businesses and Customers Interact" YPO San Diego, April 2023
  • Panelist, "NFT Licensing Unlocking the Next Level of Monetization" NFT.NYC, April 2023
  • Speaker, "DAO Structuring In Light of the Ooki DAO Decision" Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, April 2023
  • Speaker, "Legal Issues Surrounding Decentralized Autonomous Organizations" UC Berkely School of Law, April 2023
  • Panelist, "Blockchain and Digital Assets 2022" Key Issues for the Digital Future” Practicing Law Institute, December 2022
  • Moderator, "Advanced Topics: Stablecoins" Stanford University Crypto Policy Conference, November, 2022
  • Panelist, "Non-Fungible Tokens: Technical and Legal Overview" Lexology Webinar, October 2022
  • Panelist, "Digital Assets Considerations for GC's and Executives" Mondaq Connect Roundtable, October 2022
  • Panelist, "NFTs: Keeping it Legal" NFT.NYC, 2022
  • Speaker, "Future of the Metaverse" Center of Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, March 2022
  • Panelist, "Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Legislative and Enforcement Priorities" Association of Attorneys General Cybersecurity and Cryptocurrency Summit, November 2021
  • Panelist, "NFTs and the Future of Art"  Art Basel Miami, December 2021