Crypto Legal Expert Lee Schneider Joins Ava Labs as First General Counsel

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Schneider to spearhead legal strategy and government affairs for the project supporting development on Avalanche

Lee A. Schneider, a financial services and technology lawyer with extensive experience in blockchain, has joined Ava Labs as the firm’s first General Counsel. In this role, Schneider is responsible for the firm’s legal matters, as well as proactive government affairs strategy.

Ava Labs makes it simple to launch finance applications on Avalanche, a highly scalable blockchain platform for decentralized applications and enterprise blockchain deployments. The company has received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Initialized Capital, and Polychain Capital, with angel investments from Balaji Srinivasan and Naval Ravikant.

Schneider is well-known in the fintech space as an early legal expert at the intersection of blockchains, cryptoassets, and regulation. Prior to joining Ava Labs, Schneider was General Counsel at Block.One, where he played a key role in that company’s token sale as well as several of its major projects. Before Block.One, he led the blockchain, FinTech and broker-dealer practices at two major international firms, where he worked on several of the most well-known blockchain projects. He co-founded Global Blockchain Convergence and is active with a number of other organizations.

“Few people understand the legal and regulatory issues in our space as well as Lee,” says John Wu, President of Ava Labs. “We are thrilled to add his expertise and vision for making legal part of a winning strategy for Ava Labs and projects we’re supporting on Avalanche.”

“Ava Labs is at the cutting edge of blockchains, digital assets and DeFi,” says Schneider. “The team is playing an instrumental role in empowering the developers and users shaping the future of our space through innovation. It’s impossible not to be excited about the opportunity to contribute my expertise to accelerate progress toward this vision.”

Schneider holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.

About Ava Labs

Ava Labs makes it simple to launch decentralized finance applications on Avalanche, a highly scalable blockchain platform for decentralized applications and enterprise blockchain deployments. We are empowering people to build an open, simple, and democratic internet of finance.

Ava Labs was founded by Cornell computer scientists who brought on talent from Wall Street to execute their vision. The company has received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Initialized Capital, and Polychain Capital, with angel investments from Balaji Srinivasan and Naval Ravikant.

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