Student Profile: Jason Civalleri

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Dual degree you are pursuing: J.D. (expected Spring 2018)/M.B.A. '16

Research interests/agenda: I am a thought leader on the intersection of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, law, and smart contracts (venture capital raising, business development, corporate/transactional, securities, banking, data privacy/cyber-security, intellectual property, cyber-crimes).

Past Education: San Francisco State University B.A. in Philosophy, cum Laude, 2012.

Academic Experiences, Awards and Honors:

  • Dean’s Award—Torts, Spring 2015
  • Trailblazer Award, Spring 2015
  • Merage Certificate in Entrepreneurship, June 2017
  • Teacher’s Assistant: Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Research Assistant: Restatement of Copyrights under Professor Anthony Reese
  • Pro Bono Achievement Award 2014-2015

Presentations/Speaking Engagements:

  • North American Crypto Currency Conference, New York City, New York: Blockchain Legislation and Regulation in 2018. Feb. 2018
  • North American Crypto Currency Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada: Overview of Blockchain Law. Dec. 2017


  • EthNews: 13 articles covering blockchain/Ethereum law and ecosystem. Author Profile at
  • HackerNoon: 2 articles covering the Delaware Blockchain Initiative and American Bar Association’s Survey of Blockchain Law

Employment Highlights:

  • Chief Compliance Officer: MyCrypto, leading Ethereum Wallet
  • Founder, Board of Directors: The Foundation. Secured ~$500k VC Investment.
  • CEO/Founder: The Teal Aura Company. Secured Undisclosed Equity Financing
  • CEO/Founder: Adason Financial. Built consistently profitable crypto-currency algorithmic trading bot from raw materials.
  • Berns Weiss LLP: Legal Writer/Researcher

What made you interested in pursuing dual degrees?

I’ve always thought there is a natural divide between business and legal, so I pursued this dual-degree so I could help to bridge the gap between the two areas. This has been particularly helpful in establishing myself in an emerging technological industry that is heavily populated by programmers, but still lacks competent professionals trained in business, management, and law.

How would you describe your experience as a dual-degree student so far?

I have enjoyed it. In what little free time I’ve had, I also learned JavaScript, C++, and Solidity to build smart contracts. Having these three fields of expertise gives me perspective to apply what I am learning in the other schools of thought, which I believe allows me to more fully grasp each individually.

How has the dual-degree program helped you achieve your goals?

Despite my relatively short amount experience, I have been able to leverage my dual-degrees to rapidly advance my career so that I hold executive positions at some of the largest and most visible firms in the emerging blockchain industry. I also regularly publish legal and business analysis as it applies to the blockchain space, which in turn helps me to further promote my brand as well as establish my schools’ presence in this industry/practice area.