Dr. Nick Oberheiden

blockchain attorney Dr. Nick Oberheiden

Dr. Nick Oberheiden is the founding partner of the national blockchain law firm Oberheiden P.C. and one of the leaders of a highly-regarded blockchain compliance and defense team at the firm. With Nick's help, companies and businesses that use blockchain technologies, including cryptocurrency companies and bitcoin miners, have come into comfortable compliance with federal, state, and local regulations that cover their business, or have fought off civil or criminal allegations of wrongdoing or fraud.

Practice Areas in the Blockchain Industry

Blockchain is a technology that has revolutionized many divergent businesses and industries that have very little in common with each other. As a result, providing legal assistance to companies that use blockchain technology – whether they are cryptocurrency companies or other businesses that utilize blockchain's decentralized ledger keeping features – requires a broad understanding of a variety of different laws and legal issues.

Nick has handled many blockchain-related legal issues in the past. In many of these cases, Nick and his team of blockchain lawyers have helped companies and individuals come into compliance with a wide range of regulations and federal and state laws. This has helped to protect the company from future legal liability and ensured that the organization could continue to operate their business legally in the United States.

In other cases, Nick has advocated on behalf of companies that had been accused of wrongdoing – often by powerful federal law enforcement agencies, like the SEC, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Sometimes, this has required representing the company during an investigation or audit and invoking their rights to protect their interests. In other cases, it has involved challenging civil or criminal allegations of wrongdoing.

Representative Clients Using Blockchain Technologies

Blockchain technology has proven to be useful, or even game-changing, for numerous applications in a wide variety of contexts. As a result, companies with very little else in common have developed a use for its decentralized ledger keeping abilities – even if those businesses have no intention of dealing with cryptocurrencies. In order to adopt blockchain, though, all of these companies have had to take the necessary steps to ensure that they were complying with the numerous areas of the law that could regulate their use of the new technology.

Just a few of the companies that Nick has helped to do this have been in the following fields:

  • Banking
  • Healthcare
  • Cybersecurity
  • Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Data storage
  • Transportation
  • Supply chain management

This is in addition to the cryptocurrency organizations that make heavy use of blockchain technologies to create decentralized ledgers to record the transactions that use their digital coins or assets. Those cryptocurrency organizations can include:

  • Bitcoin miners
  • Cryptocurrency coin or token makers
  • NFT holders or creators
  • Companies that deal heavily in cryptocurrency

Nick does not just help companies comply with the wide range of laws that can get triggered with the use of blockchain tech, though. He also represents individuals, including:

  • Shareholders
  • Executives
  • Owners of cryptocurrency companies
  • Recreational bitcoin miners
  • Cryptocurrency users and traders

These clients – both corporate and individual – are often at risk of some serious sanctions for their conduct. If they are not careful, they can often face:

  • Civil penalties
  • A settlement or jury verdict in a civil case that carries huge financial penalties
  • Injunctions that can cripple their business
  • Criminal fines and jail time
  • Reputational harm

By helping corporate and individual clients insulate themselves from these penalties by creating strict compliance protocols that prevent misconduct, Nick has provided his clients with a peace of mind and the assurance that they can continue to do business without facing legal liability. When clients are already facing threats of liability, though, Nick has also been able to provide the legal advice and representation necessary to mitigate the damage or to avoid it altogether.

Admitted to the Bar Across the Country

Nick has been admitted to the bar to practice law in numerous areas across the country, helping him represent bitcoin and blockchain companies in federal court in the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Additionally, Nick can represent clients in the following federal district courts:

  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York

Should a case get appealed, Nick is also licensed to practice before the following federal Circuit Courts:

  • Second Circuit, which covers:
    • Connecticut
    • New York
    • Vermont
  • Fifth Circuit, which hears cases that went to trial in:
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • Texas
  • Sixth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the following states:
    • Kentucky
    • Michigan
    • Ohio
    • Tennessee
  • Ninth Circuit, which covers:
    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Hawaii
    • Idaho
    • Montana
    • Nevada
    • Oregon
    • Washington
  • Eleventh Circuit, which hears appeals from District Courts in the following states:
    • Alabama
    • Florida
    • Georgia

Should a case get appealed from one of these Circuit Courts, Nick is also licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, giving him the ability to represent you throughout your case's journey through the legal system.

Education

Dr. Nick Oberheiden's educational background is long and filled with international learning opportunities.

Nick attended law school and received his juris doctorate (J.D.) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While he was getting his law degree, Nick was awarded the Morris Greenspan Award for Excellence in International Law. He also worked as an extern at the Office of the Prosecutor, ICTY, in The Hague, and was a research fellow at UCLA.

In addition to his law degree, Nick also received a Ph.D. and a Diplom Jurist – a master's level law degree – in Germany: Getting the first at the University of Heidelberg School of Law and the second from the Universities of Munich, Hamburg, Bochum. The capstone of his Ph.D. degree was a thesis that analyzed several different ways of interpreting a constitution. Nick's thesis even had personal input from both the Chief Justice of Brazil and Stephen Breyer, a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

In the Media

Dr. Nick Oberheiden has appeared frequently in the media during his time as a blockchain attorney, having been interviewed over 1,500 times by national newspapers, TV outlets, and radio channels, including:

  • NBC
  • CNBC
  • Fox News
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Bloomberg
  • Forbes Magazine

He has also been asked to provide legal analysis and his informed opinion on numerous high-profile cases, including several public corruption investigations and even the Michael Cohen case.