Chetan Phull is a lawyer with software development experience. He is the founder of Smartblock Law Professional Corporation, a law firm in Toronto focused in blockchain, cryptocurrency, IT contracts, and litigation.
He is a faculty for the Osgoode Certificate in Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law, and has taught the law portion of the Certified Blockchain Professional course offered by BlockchainHub and York University. Chetan also speaks frequently on blockchain and cryptocurrency issues at various industry events (see below).
He also critically considers blockchain and cryptocurrency legal issues on the Smartblock Law Blog, which Toronto Starts has cited as “a fantastic legal resource for the cryptocurrency community.” His call for Parliament to legalize cryptocurrency as “money” has been published in the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine.
Chetan was called to the Bars of Ontario, New York State and Massachusetts in 2013. Prior to founding Smartblock Law Professional Corporation, he worked for five years in Toronto as a litigator and corporate counsel, for large private corporations and institutional clients including TD Insurance. He also served for one year as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (2011-2012), where he assisted appellate court judges with numerous precedent-setting decisions.
His corporate counsel experience includes regulatory compliance, governance, high-value contracts, and contentious corporate meetings (one of which involved the police and ambulance). He also has trial, application, and motion experience in the Superior Court, 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 earned his Juris Doctor from Queen’s University (2010), and went on to complete a Master of Laws in International Business Law 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).