David Lopez-Kurtz is an associate at CROKE FAIRCHILD DUARTE & BERES where he focuses his practice on emerging technology, including digital assets, blockchain technology, and artificial intelligence (AI)/large language models (LLMs). Drawing on the firm’s comprehensive set of capabilities, he advises on a broad spectrum of matters, including project formation, structuring, and launch, the implementation of outside, open sourced, or proprietary LLMs, financing strategy, federal and state securities laws, and digital asset sales.
David’s practice is characterized by its emphasis on ever-evolving regulatory and compliance landscapes and emphasis on thought-leadership and learning. David has been published and speaks on current and evolving developments in the world of crypto, blockchain, Web3, metaverse, and AI, including repeated publication by the National Law Review and Law360.
To provide web3 industry participants a proactive option for navigating the ever shifting and sometimes piecemeal regulatory framework they operate within, David works with clients throughout the development, implementation, and maintenance of bespoke compliance programs. With the support of a fractionalized Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), clients are afforded affirmative and ongoing compliance oversight and strategic counsel.
In the AI sector, David’s work includes counseling clients on the development and deployment of LLMs; advising on intellectual property issues related to AI and LLMs; providing guidance on privacy and data protection issues related to AI, machine learning, and LLMs; and addressing liability and regulatory compliance issues arising from the use of AI and LLMs.
In addition to his work with web3, AI, and LLMs companies and investors, David maintains a vibrant practice working on traditional corporate and securities matters, with an emphasis on private and public securities transactions, disclosure reporting, and offering remediation, as well as representing both large and small companies on all aspects of business formation, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory compliance. David has advised clients through a variety of strategies, alternative securities offering (Reg A+, Reg D/Rule 506(c), Reg S, and Reg CF).
When counseling clients, David maintains focus on building relationships based on trust, communication, and responsiveness. He aims to incorporate the lessons learned as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law when counseling clients into his daily practice, and firmly believes that nothing teaches you a subject more fully and more deeply than learning how to teach it to others.
David leverages his past professional experiences, whether working on the line as a cook and a chef in Cincinnati and New York City or picking salmon out of a net in Alaska as a commercial fisherman, to relate to clients who are working hard to create new and exciting possibilities for themselves and for the industries and markets they participate in.