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TAG Mobility Presents: Mobility, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain & Cybersecurity


Womble Bond Dickinson

271 17th Street NW, Suite 2400, Atlanta, GA, US 30363

Users of the cryptocurrency will frequently initiate blockchain transactions using a mobile device.  In this complex environment, transactions may involve software controlled by the blockchain developer, blockchain operator, mobile app developer, mobile device manufacturer and others.  In the event of a security issue or breach, determining which provider or providers are responsible and who has legal liability may be difficult.  Join us as our distinguished panel discusses security and liability issues for cryptocurrency and blockchain transactions in the mobile space.


Steve Middlebrook, Counsel, Womble Bond, Dickinson

Steve Middlebrook, of Womble, Bond, Dickinson, advises start-up and established companies on a wide array of legal and business issues arising from the intersection of technological innovation and financial services. He has over more than 20 years of experience helping clients navigate complex regulatory and compliance matters, including licensing, consumer protection, anti-money laundering, data privacy and security. He has helped clients interact with regulators and respond to inquiries at the state and federal level. In addition, he has assisted businesses in negotiating agreements for processing services, hardware and software, network access, and customer service.

Steve has an extensive background in emerging payment technologies, prepaid and stored value products, mobile payments, web-based financial services, virtual currency and distributed ledger technology. His prior experience includes being General Counsel at two FinTech companies, and a decade’s service at the US Department of the Treasury.
Steve serves as an advisor to the Uniform Law Commission’s drafting committee for the Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act. He is a frequent writer on legal issues surrounding electronic payments and virtual currency with recent articles appearing in the Yale Journal of Regulation, William Mitchell Law Review and The Business Lawyer.

Stephen Pair, Co-Founder & CEO, Bitpay

Stephen Pair is the co-founder and CEO of BitPay, the world’s leading provider of bitcoin payment technology. He has over 20 years of experience building software systems in the financial and telecommunications industries. Stephen has closely followed developments in cryptography along with attempts at creating new electronic money and accounting systems. This background led to the formation of BitPay.

John Trainor, CIO, Aaron's, Inc.

John Trainor is CIO and SVP of Digital Product at Aaron's, Inc.  Since 1999, he has helped lead technology and innovation efforts at the Atlanta-based specialty retailer in various roles.  He has an Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and worked at The Southern Company and the United States Senate.

John served as the 2017 Chairman of the Board for the Technology Association of Georgia.  He's Vice Chairman of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and a past recipient of the CIO of the Year Award.  He's on the Board of Directors for Power My Learning Atlanta and is a member of the advisory board of the Atlanta Technology Professionals.  He and his wife volunteer and raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Georgia to help get rid of cancer.  He doesn't look like it, but he does endurance sports such as marathons and triathlons.

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