Joseph B. Evans - McDermott Will & Emery

Overview


Joseph (Joe) B. Evans represents cryptocurrency and FinTech companies. Joe is widely recognized as a leader in the cryptocurrency industry. Most recently, The American Lawyer recognized Joe as a “Trailblazer” for his progressive work in cryptocurrency.  Since 2013, Joe has been representing companies and individuals in all aspects of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related legal matters, spanning from defending government investigations, pursuing cutting-edge cryptocurrency 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 cryptocurrency and blockchain matters.

Joe has been recognized for his success in cryptocurrency-related litigation. Joe has demonstrated success in pioneering first of its kind cryptocurrency litigation, including cryptocurrency 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 cryptocurrency industry’s largest bankruptcy cases in the United States and intellectual property litigation between competing cryptocurrency companies. Joe has qualified cryptocurrency tracing experts in federal court and obtained immediate recovery of stolen cryptocurrency. Joe also obtained emergency relief in intellectual property litigation against competitors using the same and similar names for competing cryptocurrencies. Joe has defended cryptocurrency exchanges and other market participants in federal and state investigations. With regularity, Joe successfully defends these cryptocurrency 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 cryptocurrency company and one of the largest cryptocurrency platforms in the world
  • Currently represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Cred Inc., a global cryptocurrency financial services platform, and the first Chapter 11 cryptocurrency 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 cryptocurrency for an Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors representing customers of Cred, a cryptocurrency trading platform, following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and thefts made by one of its executives

Recognitions


  • 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