Joseph B. Evans - McDermott Will & Emery

Overview


Joseph (Joe) B. Evans is the Co-Chair of the FinTech & Blockchain Group and Head of Crypto Litigation and Regulatory Defense at McDermott. He is widely recognized as a leader in the crypto industry. Most recently, The American Lawyer recognized Joe as a “Trailblazer” for his progressive work in crypto. Since 2013, Joe has been representing companies and individuals in all aspects of crypto and blockchain-related legal matters, spanning from defending government investigations, pursuing cutting-edge crypto litigation, obtaining money transmitter and other state licenses, and advising on initial coin offerings. Joe leads a team of crypto-lawyers who are devoted exclusively to working on crypto and blockchain matters.

Joe has been recognized for his success in crypto-related litigation. Joe has demonstrated success in pioneering first of its kind crypto litigation, including crypto tracing, decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) litigation, and pursuing actions against fictitious entities and anonymous founders. Joe’s in-court successes include a series of wins in connection with the crypto industry’s largest bankruptcy cases in the United States and intellectual property litigation between competing crypto companies. Joe has qualified crypto tracing experts in federal court and obtained immediate recovery of stolen crypto. Joe also obtained emergency relief in intellectual property litigation against competitors using the same and similar names for competing crypto. Joe has defended crypto exchanges and other market participants in federal and state investigations. With regularity, Joe successfully defends these crypto regulatory investigations without penalties, fines, enforcement actions, or media attention of any kind.

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Results


  • Currently represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Voyager Digital Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded crypto company and one of the largest crypto platforms in the world
  • Currently represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Cred Inc., a global crypto financial services platform, and the first Chapter 11 crypto case of its kind. Subsequently represented the Cred Inc. Liquidation Trust and prosecuted all related litigation
  • Recovered nearly $6 million in stolen Bitcoin and other crypto for an Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors representing customers of Cred, a crypto trading platform, following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and thefts made by one of its executives

Recognitions


  • Chambers FinTech Guide, USA: FinTech Legal – Crypto-Asset Disputes, 2023
  • The American Lawyer, Northeast Trailblazer, 2022
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in New York, 2020

Community


  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, member

Credentials


Education
Fordham University School of Law, JD, 2013
Fordham University, BS, 2010

Admissions
New York

Courts / Agencies
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York