Lee A. Weiss has been a part of Blockchains leadership team since its inception. As Executive Vice President, Lee oversees all of the company’s existing and potential business transactions, leadership within the company, and additionally Lee is responsible for all legal affairs including acquisitions, intellectual property and corporate matters.
Prior to joining Blockchains, in 2014, Lee co-founded the Berns Weiss Law Firm’s virtual currency practice group, through which he developed extensive knowledge and experience concerning virtual currency and blockchain issues. In 2017, Lee represented Coinbase customers in an action involving an IRS “John Doe” summons where the IRS sought the identities of, and substantial information concerning, all Coinbase customers who were U.S. taxpayers. His efforts led a 97% reduction in the number of customers impacted by the summons and a significant reduction in the scope of information obtained by the IRS for the remaining customers. That case and others Lee litigated while with Berns Weiss have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal,Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, Law 360 and Consumerist.
During his 25-year career as a litigator, Lee focused his practice on representing aggrieved consumers, investors, and employees in class action, ERISA and complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has authored several publications, has served on the faculty of the Trial Techniques program at Emory University Law School and has been a panelist at various programs discussing class action and securities issues. Lee was named a New York Super Lawyer from 2014 through 2017. Lee earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1988 and his J.D. degree, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School in 1991. He is admitted to practice in New York, California, Texas and Nevada (certified in- house counsel).