Laina Dowd

Laina Dowd is currently a third-year law student at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she serves as Symposium Editor for the Journal of Health and Biomedical Law. In addition to her editorial board role, she is also an active member of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Student Association, Women’s Law Association, and Business Law Association. Before law school, Laina received a B.A. in Business Management from Suffolk University’s Honors undergraduate program.

To supplement her legal education, Laina has garnered legal experience from an array of both internship and externship programs. Most recently, she completed a judicial externship with the Massachusetts Appellate Court where she conducted research on civil and criminal litigation issues, drafted memoranda, and prepared a variety of case briefs and orders.

Laina joined Dilendorf in the spring of 2022. With both personal and academic exposure to the world of securities, digital assets, and cryptocurrency, Laina has added immediate value to the firm’s regulatory research efforts. Her most recent contribution extensively covers what the top legal considerations are for offshoring DAO Foundations.

In joining the Dilendorf team, Laina hopes to grow her exposure to and understanding of the regulatory implications and compliance obligations that continue to permeate the digital world. Laina sees the ever so relevance of the digital asset and cryptocurrency space in today’s climate and hopes to be part of the Dilendorf firm’s efforts to navigate its legal complexities.

Julia joined Dilendorf Law Firm in 2021. She handles all aspects of firm administration while providing paralegal support and litigation management. Julia also has a broad base of knowledge in human resources and communications.

Prior to joining Dilendorf team, Julia worked as an administrative assistant providing lead support to C-level executives in major multinational companies. She brings valuable experience through her work in Dilendorf Law Firm and has immediately become an essential team member.

A New York licensed attorney with three decades of legal and business experience in the U.S. and Asia, Robin recently joined the law firm as a partner and leads the Asia-Pacific practice. While acting as an international business lawyer and global corporate general counsel, Robin is sought out by clients to conclude cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions and transactions, structure joint venture and other relationships, craft commercial contracts, and design investment and negotiation strategies. Additional transactional support she provides is essential employment, intellectual property, corporate, and commercial guidance together with managing large projects. She also advises on compliance and government investigations, and anti-corruption / data protection protocols. Her clients hail from a variety of sectors and include small to multinational companies (private, public, family), government offices and individuals, many with operations or connections in China, Asia and around the globe.

Having lived and worked in Shanghai for over 20 years, Robin’s knowledge of Chinese laws, regulations and customs is invaluable and has allowed her to build strong and trusting long term client and business relationships. She was a trailblazer having worked since 2005 in Shanghai as a Senior Foreign Counsel for some of the largest prestigious Chinese and foreign law firms. She joined Duan & Duan, one of the oldest Chinese law firms, in 2015. For over two decades, Robin orchestrated legal teams, and oversaw and managed legal projects from a variety of sectors.

Focusing on maximizing return with minimizing risk, Robin provides sensible forward-thinking guidance with a deep appreciation for her clients’ cultural traditions and corporate philosophies, making her a trusted advisor. Robin is a passionate and proactive advocate for her clients, finding creative, practical solutions while maintaining business growth when navigating complex business challenges.

Robin began her education in business, graduating Cum Laude and earning a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1982. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1985 and was admitted to practice law in the state of New York a year later. Robin began her career as a Corporate Litigation Attorney in New York City, handling complex litigation cases for almost 10 years before moving to Asia.
As a dynamic leader, Robin was recently appointed to the At-Large Council (2021-2024) of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law (Section). Since 2007, she served as a Section Deputy, Division Chair, and Committee Advisors, Co-chairs, and Vice-Chairs. Building Section China friendships, she strengthened relations in Shanghai with the Shanghai Bar Association and American Chamber of Commerce Chapter.

As a routine author, Robin has contributed to publications by the Section, Thomson Reuters, and other prominent magazines. She also presents on China laws and regulations, U.S.-Asia transactions, corporate governance and US law and diversity issues.

Pamela A. Fuller is a corporate and international tax attorney, with over two decades of experience.  She advises a wide range of clients–including private and public companies, joint ventures, private equity and hedge funds, C-Suite executives, private U.S and foreign individual clients, and government entities–on transactional, investment, and supply-chain strategies to achieve optimal tax and business results.

Pamela provides sophisticated tax planning services across most industry sectors, including financial services, real estate development, healthcare, pharmaceutical, construction & engineering, infrastructure, oil & energy, retail, and myriad software and emerging digital technologies and services, including those related to crypto currency, tokenization, innovative blockchain applications and solutions, and all aspects of U.S. and foreign tax planning for digitized transactions and assets.

Pamela is also a seasoned taxpayer advocate, with years of experience resolving complex U.S. federal, state, and foreign tax controversies.  She is skilled at defending taxpayers before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service at the exam, audit, and administrative appeals levels.  If going to court is advantageous, Pamela provides effective and skillful tax counsel.

Pamela is Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tax Section’s Tax Policy Committee, and also Co-Chair of the  International Tax Committee of the ABA’s International Law Section, with global membership.  She  frequently speaks at law conferences, and publishes papers on international tax topics in peer-reviewed law journals.  She serves on several steering committees and boards, including TaxLaw 360’s International Tax Advisory Board; the New York State Bar’s “Global Law Week”; and the International Fiscal Association’s prospective New York Congress.  Pamela is a founding member of the New York City Bar’s “Taskforce on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges” and a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Tax Counsel.  In 2019, Pamela was recognized as one of 100 Influential Women in International Tax Law.

Pamela began her legal career at the U.S. Tax Court, serving three consecutive 2-year terms as an Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Tax Court’s Chief Judge, handling large “tax shelter” cases and transfer pricing disputes, amongst other issues.  Pamela holds an LL.M. in Tax Law from New York University School of Law, where she served as Graduate Editor of  NYU’s international law review, and completed post-LL.M. studies in international business and comparative securities law; a J.D. from Seattle University; and a B.A. from the University of Washington.  Pamela is admitted to practice law in several U.S. state jurisdictions and multiple federal courts, including the U.S. Tax Court.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Pamela worked as a business news reporter and anchor for a highly regarded NBC News affiliate in Seattle, covering international and emerging tech businesses, and geo-political developments.  In this capacity, Pamela had the opportunity to conduct in-depth interviews with the founders and executives of some of the world’s most innovative and successful companies.

Bari Zahn has nearly 20 years of experience practicing at global law firms in New York. Bari has represented a broad array of multinational clients on U.S. and cross-border transactions. She has supervised legal teams worldwide and has extensive management experience as the Founder, former CEO and General Counsel of a non-profit organization.

Bari’s expertise is in the field of tax – both international and stateside. She advises international investors, entrepreneurs, global families, and high-net-worth individuals and their family offices with tax planning, structuring and also with respect to business succession and life planning; this work includes a robust LGBT private client practice.

She helps large corporations, mid-size businesses and private clients with real estate transactions, deftly navigating the complex and sophisticated national and cross-border tax regulations. Bari also has a thriving cryptocurrency specialty, working with clients in tax planning for cryptocurrency transactions, including asset tokenization and NFT offerings for art, music and many other collectibles.

Bari worked at a number of “Big Law” firms. From 2009 through 2014, while at the law firm of Kaye Scholer, Bari counseled privately and publicly held companies, real estate funds and family offices, joint ventures, hedge funds, private equity shops, venture capitalists and pension funds on a broad spectrum of U.S. and cross-border transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions, tax-free mergers, recapitalizations and similar corporate reorganizations.

Bari has also advised state and federal instrumentalities, as well as other non-U.S. multinationals, governmental entities and sovereign wealth funds on the acquisition and disposition of U.S. real properties via REITs, U.S. Real Property Holding Companies and other similar tax-efficient real estate structures.

While at her former firms, including her time spent at Shearman and Sterling, Bari’s practice focused on both tax transaction and tax controversy matters, including the representation of clients before the IRS and the New York Taxing Authorities.

Bari also represented CEOs, COOs and other C-Suite executives on general corporate, employment, tax and other business-related matters, often acting as outside general counsel to many such clients.

Bari earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1995. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1988 and completed a semester abroad at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland.


Selected Publications

  • “Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements,” Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, February 2009
  • “Canadian Companies—Act Now to Ensure Deferred Compensation Arrangements Comply with U.S. Tax Laws Under Section 409A,” Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, vol. 19, no. 6, Federated Press, Toronto, September/October 2008
  • “Corporate Governance: American Jobs Creation Act,” Lexpert, April 1, 2005
  • “The Potential Effect of the American Jobs Creation Act,” co-authored with Christina Medland, Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, Federated Press, Toronto, December/January 2005



  • SmartCEO’s Brava Award, 2015, celebrating top female CEOs who have both entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for giving back to their community.
  • Brooklyn Law School, 2014 LGBT Community Activism Award
  • New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel, Pro Bono Award
  • New York City Council Proclamation: For Outstanding Community Service, as Founder of Living Beyond Belief HIV/AIDS Youth Education Non-profit
  • Honored NY1 News New Yorker of the Week for AIDS awareness work among teens in the city, interviewed – June 24, 2005

Ivanna has 7 years of law practice in Europe, namely in the field of corporate law, M&A transactions, banking and finance. As a senior associate, she advised local, EU, US and multinational clients with respect to their business activities in Ukraine.

Particularly, Ivanna, together with junior associates under her supervision, provided legal support and guidance to foreign companies in relation to export-import and other business agreements, banking, finance regulations and restrictions, tax and labor issues.

Ivanna joined Dilendorf Law Firm in 2020. Because of her transborder knowledge and experience, Ivanna has immediately become a valuable team member assisting the firm’s attorneys in all aspects of local and international transactions, including complex corporate matters and real estate.

Ivanna received a law degree from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and is qualified to practice law in her home jurisdiction.

Steve contributes extensive business and problem-solving experience to challenges that may require litigation – or may help avoid it.  Indeed, his perspective on litigation is influenced by his experience as a three-time internet start-up CEO.

Steve served on Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign and transition team, and co-chaired the Clinton White House literacy task force Prescription for Reading Partnership.

Relevant Experience:

  • He negotiated the first joint venture between Time Inc. and IBM for an educational software product.
  • As CEO of a tech-based healthcare start-up, he led the company to a successful acquisition by GE.
  • As CEO of an internet media company, he successfully established licensing arrangements with Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth Medical School, and key hospitals.

Steve is also a best-selling, award-winning author and contributes regularly to influential publications. He is only the second person to have Op-Eds published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal on the same day. Three of his seven books have been best-sellers.  As a litigator, Steve believes that telling a clear, compelling story – to the judge, to the jury, and sometimes to a larger audience – is essential.

For his legal work on behalf of active duty members of the armed services, Steve was awarded the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Services Award for the Military Pro Bono Project. He has advised the Chief of Naval Operations, and was one of the first non-Admirals or Marine Generals to serve on the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Institute.

Adam is one of the nation’s leading young whistleblower lawyers.  He brings with him a special ability not just to litigate, but to investigate – and understand – complex organizations and transactions.  His extensive familiarity with tech issues is built on a computer science degree and work as a software engineer at various startups and in Silicon Valley. He is widely admired as a “pit bull with an Ivy League mind” – a fearsome combination for a litigator.

Until 2017, Adam served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York Office of the Attorney General. While in government, Adam handled a wide range of civil and criminal matters, focusing especially on investigating and litigating qui tam complaints and using the False Claims Act to recover in cases in which the State had been defrauded. Adam drove all aspects of enforcement and prosecution, including investigating, taking testimony, and representing the State in court.

Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Adam was an attorney at the criminal and civil litigation boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. He represented individuals throughout the United States and from various countries in state and federal criminal cases, including healthcare fraud, tax, and antitrust prosecutions. And because New York is home to disputes touching on every aspect of the global business world, Adam also represented individuals and corporations at all stages of civil litigation, from complaint through trial, in diverse areas of the law including common law fraud and consumer protection. Adam was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for litigation.

Adam attended the University of Michigan, where he studied computer science, and spent a year at Tel Aviv University, taking courses in middle eastern politics. After a stint working on cloud computing in Silicon Valley, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Levy Scholar in Law and Public Governance. He graduated from Penn cum laude, clerked for Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in the Southern District of New York, and then spent six months at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Max Dilendorf’s practice is focused on digital assets, cryptocurrency, and asset tokenization.  Max is an early adopter who joined the industry in 2016.  His cryptocurrency legal philosophy relies on federal and state compliance for counseling clients on meeting their regulatory obligations. Clients rely on Max’s personalized approach and unparalleled cutting-edge legal knowledge in the world of digital assets for solving the most challenging crypto legal puzzles.  Max was named to Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Area “Rising Star” in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. 

Cryptocurrency and digital assets is a complex and multidimensional area of law often requiring intricate practical analysis and application of the following laws and regulations:

  • the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934;
  • the Anti-Money Laundering Law (“AML”);
  • the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”);
  • 50 state-specific money transmitter laws (“MTL”) with a nationwide application standard;
  • the U.S. Internal Revenue Code;
  • the Racketeering Influence and Corruption Organization Act (“RICO”); and
  • all related and implementing regulations of the above statutes.

Max strives to understand clients’ backgrounds, goals, trading habits, investment vehicles, and other critical factors to identify which bodies of law, and specific statutes and regulations, are implicated.

This approach is crucial when:

  • guiding clients toward lawful behavior in Defi, Web 3.0 virtual universes and Metaverse;
  • selecting and establishing optimal onshore and offshore business structures;
  • assisting clients with asset tokenization projects and developing legal market entry strategies in the US, Southeast Asia, and Europe;
  • establishing guidelines for cryptocurrency trading activities to make operations as efficient as possible, as well as to make sure that clients’ activities are legal under U.S. laws and regulations;
  • crypto compliance with tax laws and reporting requirements against everchanging US standards;
  • preparing a crisis plan as the first step in avoiding crisis situations before they arise.

Max regularly represents in a variety of digital asset matters:

  • Institutional investors and publicly traded companies;
  • Cryptocurrency exchanges, OTC desks and wallet-providers;
  • Traditional real estate operators and developers;
  • Cryptocurrency hedge fund managers and investors;
  • DeFi traders and Dapp developers;
  • Metaverse businesses, brands, and users;
  • Family offices;
  • Digital asset platforms;
  • NFT platforms, issuers, and investors; and
  • Fraud victims.

Featured In:

Speaking Engagements:

  • Hangzhou, China.  Bitrise Capital.  Masterclass:  “Issuance and Sale of Digital Securities in the US.”
  • Hong Kong, HK.  C-Block Capital.  Presentation: “Structuring Cross-Border Real Estate Transactions Using Cryptocurrency.”
  • New York. IBM Blockchain Ventures. Workshop: “Double Header: Security Token v. Utility Token; Jurisdiction Selection.”
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Asia Blockchain Review and Infinity Blockchain Ventures. Workshop. “Digital Securities (aka Security Tokens). How to launch STO in the US and issues to consider.”
  • New York.  New York University.   Panel Discussion: “Blockchain and Digital Securities Regulations in US and Abroad.”
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre. Presentation: “Framework for Launching Digital Securities in the US and Global Modernization of Capital Markets.”
  • New York.  Joint webinar with Securitize: “Real Estate Tokenization.”
  • New York. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.  Presentation: “Structuring Foreign Investment in New York Real Estate Using Bitcoin”.
  • Connecticut.  CCIM’s Annual Golf Symposium.  Panel Discussion: “Blockchain in Commercial Real Estate.  The Future is Here.”
  • Bangkok, Thailand.  Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Topic: “Structuring Digital Security Offerings in the United
  • New York.  National Financial Network.  Joint presentation with Popular Bank.  “Structuring Real Estate Transactions Using Digital Assets.”
  • New York.  HSBC.  Presentation: “Foreign Investments in US Real Estate and Use of Digital Assets.”
  • New York.  Joint Webinar with OpenFinance, Harbor and Diginex.  “Slicing through the Hype Around Tokenized Securities.”
  • New York.   Synergy Global Forum, Executive MBA Program.  Presentation:  “Regulation of Digital Assets in the US.
  • New York.  Peltz International.  Panel Discussion: “Real Estate Opportunity Funds.” 
  • New York. Joint Webinar with tZero and Polymath.  “Security Token Framework: Interoperability Through Standards?”
  • New York. Joint Webinar with OpenFinance and Securitize.  “STO/DSO: from Planning to Secondary Trading.”
  • New York. NYC Blockchain Center. Workshop: “Real Estate Tokenization.”
  • New York. Blockchain Society Executives-Only NYC Conference. Panel Discussion: “Security Tokens v. Utility Tokens.”New York.   US-China Real Estate Forum.   Panel Discussion: “Tokenization of Real Estate.”


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