REBECCA RETTIG | PARTNER | FISHER BROYLES
Rebecca Rettig is a partner in FisherBroyles’ Litigation Department, and FinTech & Blockchain practicegroup. Recognizedin2019asoneofthetop100womenlawyersinNewYorkCitybyCrain’s New York Business, Rebecca’s practice encompasses a broad range of litigation, such as securities, shareholder derivative, general commercial, contract disputes, copyright and trademark disputes, employment disputes, insurance coverage, and auditor and accountant liability. Rebecca represents clients in all stages of litigation, and has served as trial counsel in cases and arbitrations around the country. Rebecca advises and represents Fortune 100 companies, such as large financial institutions, major airlines, pharmaceutical companies, technology companies, private equity funds and hedge funds, as well as startups and emerging companies.
Rebecca’s practice includes unique experience in the blockchain and digital asset space. She represents and advises these clients in matters relating to U.S. regulation, intellectual property, trade secrets and contracts, as well as offering and trading practices. In this space, Rebecca’s clients include, among others, a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm, a digital asset exchange, blockchain and crypto-related startup companies, and blockchain and cryptocurrency investors. Rebecca handles lawsuits and arbitrations relating to blockchain and cryptocurrency, but also regularly guides clients to successfully resolve disputes prior to any litigation. She is a frequent speaker on legal and regulatory matters relating to blockchain and digital assets.
ADRIENNE VALENCIA GARCIA | SENIOR COUNSEL AND EXECUTIVE | IBM BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTIONS
Adrienne Valencia Garcia is currently IBM’s Senior Counsel for Blockchain Solutions, a first-of- a-kind role created in April 2017 while she was completing a three-year assignment in Latin America. As the Senior Counsel for Blockchain, Adrienne is the worldwide legal executive focal for all blockchain engagements and oversees the global members of the law department who support blockchain transactions. She is a trusted adviser the senior leadership relies upon to navigate complex legal, policy and regulatory issues. Consequently, Adrienne has become a recognized thought leader in establishing IBM’s positions in these areas and is a sought-after speaker in the space.
Adrienne joined IBM in June 2006 after practicing as a litigator in NYC for 10 years. After various client-facing roles focused on closing key strategic deals around IBM’s varied portfolio, in August 2014, she relocated to Mexico City to be the Lead Counsel for IBM’s Latin America Global Consulting Services business and co-leader for IBM’s internal Latin America law department education efforts.
Adrienne holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in NYC and received her B.A from the State University of NY at StonyBrook. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion; and is currently serving as a 2018 Fellow of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) which works to identify high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds and set them on the path to leadership in their organizations. Adrienne is also a proud co-chair for the launch of the NYC Chapter of Diversity in Blockchain (https://diversityinblockchain.com/), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering everyone from all walks of life to engage with blockchain technology in order to ensure equal participation and distribution.