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Celesq® Attorneys Ed Center

Blockchain 201: Technical Concepts, Legal and Business Issues, Emerging Use Cases

Program Number: 2917

Program Date: 02/05/2019


By now most professionals have heard about blockchain, but many still have questions about what makes this technology unique and how it will affect the business landscape. This presentation will seek to address these questions by providing an in-depth look at the key technical concepts behind blockchain and a framework for distinguishing between Bitcoin and enterprise grade blockchains. From there we will provide an overview of the critical legal, accounting and cybersecurity issues related to the emerging blockchain market. The presentation will close by highlighting some of the emerging use cases for blockchain, including tracking the food supply chain, self-sovereign identity, smart contracts and more.

$190.00Online Audio Add to Cart

Available in states

California, Colorado Eligible, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey Eligible, New York, New York - BOTH New and Experienced Attorneys, Texas Self Study

Credit Information

50 minute credit hour - 2.0 General CLE credit, based on a 50-minute credit hour
60 minute credit hour - 2.0 General CLE credit, based on a 60-minute credit hour

State Program Numbers

redit Eligible for BOTH Experienced and New Attorneys in NY


Brian P. Bartish,Esq.


Brian Bartish focuses his practice on privacy and data security, combining his experience and knowledge of business compliance and the technical field to understand his clients’ businesses and their privacy implications.


Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Esq.


Jon Blattmachr’s experience in securities, commercial litigation and bankruptcy runs deep: His law career is built on a distinguished background in finance. As a former investment adviser at leading financial firms in New York, Jon made his mark by solving problems and meeting long-term goals for high-net-worth investors, institutional clients and family offices.

Today, that same desire to serve propels a practice defined by achievement, including leading multiple teams that investigate and litigate claims as a member of court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee, Irving H. Picard, for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS). Jon advises companies in litigations, transactional matters and investigations.

After advising hedge funds on the sell side during his prior career, he now counsels private funds in transactional and litigation matters. Jon also has in-house experience, having been seconded to a multi-billion dollar fund management company in New York.


Robert A. Musiala, Jr., Esq


BakerHostetler’s Blockchain Counsel, Robert A. Musiala Jr., is esteemed for his roles in the areas of cryptocurrency anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing, and concept development for blockchain-based solutions. Robert was a founding member of the blockchain practice at a “Big Four” accounting firm and one of the largest professional services firms in the world, where he was introduced to blockchain through his work as an intelligence analyst and financial crimes investigator. His achievements in threat finance include managing a team of investigators to collect intelligence and produce a threat/counter-threat analysis on cryptocurrency and blockchain for a U.S. national security community client. An innovative thought leader, Robert is the inventor of a patent-pending blockchain micropayments system. He is also the co-inventor and primary concept developer of a patent-pending system that leverages blockchain technology to promote transparency, speed and security, and mitigate economic crime in funds governance and aid distribution programs.

Robert’s practice includes advising blockchain industry clients that have previously completed “initial coin offering” events on strategies for mitigating personal and business risk, limiting business disruption and achieving regulatory compliance. His experience also includes advising blockchain technology firms on strategies for achieving compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.


Simone O. Otenaike, Esq.


Diligent, inquisitive, persistent -- the traits frequently ascribed to Simone Otenaike are worthwhile for any good attorney. However, Simone's strengths are particularly crucial to her developing healthcare practice. A technology enthusiast with a background in cognitive science, clients rely on Simone's gift for research and analysis to navigate a maze of healthcare laws and transactional matters, including labor and employment, HIPAA, consumer data breach and privacy issues, and general operational concerns.


Jaime B. Petenko, Esq.


Jaime Petenko's firm stance at the intersection of privacy and emerging technology issues, joined by her strong corporate background, lends a distinctive perspective to her privacy and data protection practice. She offers clients an insightful approach, complete with an in-depth understanding of international, federal and state rules, regulations and guidance related to privacy, including the General Data Protection Regulation. Jaime's grasp on cutting-edge matters also allows her to advise clients on legal and regulatory issues related to blockchain, virtual currencies and artificial intelligence.

That knowledge pairs with a unique familiarity of a company's concerns. Jaime spent significant time representing business leaders overseas, facilitating capital markets offerings, as well as mergers and acquisitions -- experience that now inspires Jaime to devise cost-effective solutions to risk management