Cyber Tech Law Firm in Toronto

Blockchain. Data Privacy. IT Contracts. Litigation.

We have experience navigating complex legal territory, for clients and courts.

 
 
 
 
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Overview

We provide legal advice on blockchain, cryptocurrency, data privacy, artificial intelligence, cloud service contracts, and how to manage multi-jurisdictional platform operations over the internet.

We also litigate cases in court involving commercial contracts, online defamation, and cyber insurance.

Chetan Phull, Principal Lawyer at Smartblock Law, is an international speaker on cross-border legal management of blockchain operations, including data privacy issues. He has delivered blockchain law seminars for the Ontario Bar Association and Dubai government, and has upcoming seminars in numerous cities in North America, Europe, UAE, and India.

Chetan is a blockchain law instructor with York University and Osgoode PD, and an expert legal panelist at various industry events. He has recorded podcasts with LSE Law 2.0 and ICO Visions, and has been interviewed by numerous lawyer magazines and news outlets.

 
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Service Areas

We service tech companies and tech-sector talent in the following areas:

Speaking Engagements & Media Mentions

 
 

Chetan Phull

Principal Lawyer

 
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  • B.Mus., University of Toronto

  • J.D., Queen's University

  • LL.M., University College London

  • Clerkship, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

  • Called to the Bars of Ontario, New York State and Massachusetts

Chetan Phull is a lawyer with software development experience. He is the principal of Smartblock Law Professional Corporation, a cyber tech law firm in Toronto focused in blockchain, data privacy & artificial intelligence, IT contracts, and litigation. The firm’s clients range from start-ups to public companies for complex engagements, including cross-border legal/operational strategy, litigation, and representation before the Ontario Securities Commission.

Chetan is also an international speaker on legal management of cross-border blockchain operations. He is the sole speaker for such a seminar series in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, and Frankfurt run by Forte Markets; Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, and New Delhi run by KnowledgeHut; with additional Canadian and U.S. speaking dates in 2019. To date, Chetan has taught blockchain law seminars for the Ontario Bar Association, Osgoode Professional Development, the BlockchainHub at York University, and the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department.

He has also authored numerous blockchain law compilations (see above), which Toronto Starts has declared: “fantastic legal resource[s] for the cryptocurrency community.” Chetan has been published on cryptocurrency issues in the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine, and quoted in the Law Times, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Bitcoin Magazine (three times), and the Vancouver Sun. He has also been featured in a 4-part podcast on blockchain law by ICOVisions, and an LSE Law 2.0 podcast on blockchain regulatory strategies.

Prior to founding Smartblock Law, Chetan worked for five years in Toronto as a litigator and corporate counsel, for large private corporations and institutional clients including TD Insurance. His corporate counsel experience includes regulatory compliance, governance, high-value contracts, and contentious corporate meetings. He also has trial, application, and motion experience in the Superior Court and Commercial List, as well as experience preparing materials for appeal before the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Chetan’s work also appears in the Journal of International Arbitration, and the Journal of International Banking Law & Regulation. His publication in the former law journal was translated into Thai by the Thai Arbitration Institute.

Chetan is admitted to the Bars of Ontario, New York State, and Massachusetts (2013). He is a former law clerk of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (2011-2012), with a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University (2010), and a Master of Laws from University College London (2011). Prior to his legal studies, he also completed a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto (2007).

 
 

Idan Levy

Student-At-Law

 
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  • B.A. (Hons) Humanities., York University

  • J.D., Bond University 

  • Passed the Ontario Bar exams and NCA exams

Idan works as an articling student in all practice areas of Smartblock Law tailored to blockchain and cryptocurrency clients. He regularly attends lawyer education seminars on blockchain law involving the firm, including one recent event held by the Ontario Bar Association.

Idan has over two years’ experience in software marketing with Spar Group Inc., where he designed and implemented guerilla marketing campaigns for large software and technology brands, including Fitbit, Nest, August Smart Lock, and Electronic Arts. In this role he also designed and led in-house seminars on brand strategies.

During law school, Idan worked part-time for a wholesale nutrition company in Australia. That experience exposed him to various issues in the law of corporations, commercial contracts, consumer protection, and KYC. In this role he also gained valuable experience drafting legal documents and submissions, and managing client relationships. Idan also took practicums in Alternative Dispute Resolution, where he navigated complex legal problems, and prioritized the business and legal interests of his clients.

Idan has a J.D. from Bond University Law School, and a B.A. (Honours) from York University. He is fluent in French and Hebrew.