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James Williams

James Williams

US Co-Chair, Blockchain and Digital Assets

James Williams provides corporate, regulatory, and strategic counsel to web3 client across various sectors and industries, including blockchain protocols, venture funds, global brands, professional sports teams, entertainers, and governments on complex and innovative deals involving token modeling, financing, licensing, governance and compliance. He has particular experience in stable coins, tokenized yield products, and decentralized finance.

Along with more than 20 years of legal experience, James has a diverse business background. He served as the CEO of a global consumer brand, and an operating partner for a venture capital fund.

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