Grant Fondo, an experienced federal prosecutor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California, is head of the Litigation Department for Goodwin’s California offices, founder and Co-Chair of its Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology practice, Co-chair of the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act + Investigations for Technology group, and a partner in the firm's Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense group, and in its Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. He represents technology, Fintech, blockchain, digital currency, private equity, venture capital, and individual clients in a wide range of regulatory and contested matters.
Mr. Fondo has significant experience conducting trials and arbitrations, as well as representing clients before governmental agencies. He focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, blockchain and digital currency, securities and class action litigation, federal and state regulatory matters including before the DOJ, SEC, FTC, State Attorneys General, District Attorneys, and FinCEN, cybersecurity and privacy matters, internal investigations, and commercial disputes, and often advises boards on a variety of matters.
Mr. Fondo is recognized by Chambers USA for his White Collar Defense practice and ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers FinTech for his blockchain and cryptocurrency work, recommended by The Legal 500 U.S. for Financial Services Litigation, White Collar Defense, and Fintech, by U.S. News Best Lawyers for his White Collar Defense work, and by Benchmark Litigation as a “Future Star” litigator. He has been selected as a Top White Collar Lawyer by Daily Journal for the second consecutive year, by The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Week” for successful defense at trial of former J.P. Morgan Securities LLC analyst Ashish Aggarwal on 30 counts of criminal conspiracy, insider trading and wire fraud charges, and has been recognized as a National Law Journal Trailblazer in both White Collar and Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech. Mr. Fondo is also a member of the Government of Bermuda's Global Fintech Advisory Board, relating to blockchain technology, and a member of the Crypto Valley Association in Switzerland.