Michelle Gitlitz is the Global Head of Crowell & Moring’s Blockchain and Digital Assets practice, and a partner in the White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement and Corporate groups. She is located in the firm’s New York office.
An experienced regulatory lawyer and litigator, Michelle’s practice focuses on the legal and regulatory issues facing both emerging and established companies that invest in and incorporate blockchain technology and digital assets into their businesses. Her experience includes advising clients on the legal, regulatory, and risk management issues surrounding coin/token offerings (including launching new offerings and remediating prior offerings); working with clients in connection with digital currency exchanges and platforms; establishing new blockchains and nodes; and advising clients on navigating federal and state money transmission laws.
Michelle also has experience in handling federal and state government regulatory inquiries and enforcement actions relating to financial services, securities, and disclosure issues.
Michelle is a sought-after leader, speaker, and writer who frequently collaborates with federal legislators on blockchain and digital asset issues. She has experience in virtual currency money transmission and authored “An Introduction to Virtual Currency Money Transmission Regulation” in the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation, a treatise published annually by Global Legal Insights. She is a board member of the MIT Computation Law Report and a member of and contributor to the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and the Digital Chamber of Commerce. She also founded and serves as president and director of Diversity in Blockchain, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to creating equal, open, and inclusive opportunities in the blockchain industry. In recognition of her leadership, the National Law Journal and New York Law Journal named Michelle a Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and Fintech Trailblazer in 2018. She has also been named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers (2012–2016).