Mr. Smolinski is an experienced general counsel having a focus on intellectual property, transactional, and M&A law and a strong interest in emerging technologies. Mr. Smolinski’s skills include evaluating and negotiating license agreements and cloud services contracts, coordinating IP due diligence for investors and purchasers, and working with founders and executives to optimize their companies’ legal strategies.

Mr. Smolinski is a registered patent attorney with a background in physics, and he speaks regularly on legal matters of importance to founders, executives, and investors.


University of Illinois College of Law, JD, magna cum laude
Illinois State University, BS in Physics, summa cum laude

Selected publications and speaking engagements

Editor, Recent Developments in Copyright Law, Landslide (The ABA’s Intellectual Property Periodical): 2000 to present
“Blockchain and the Law,” FinTech Exchange, April 2018
“Copyright for Artists,” Illinois Institutes of Art, 2015, 2016

Mr. Smolinski coordinates and speaks monthly at BUZZ, a blockchain discussion group in Chicago.