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Steve Merriman

Perkins Coie
Steven D. Merriman
| Associate | Seattle, WA

An associate in the Privacy and Data Security practice and Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency group, Steve Merriman focuses on the intersection between law and emerging technologies. His clients include pioneering blockchain and virtual currency companies, social media companies, innovative retailers and nonprofits.

Steve has experience advising on and litigating such rapidly evolving legal issues as AML/KYC requirements, money transmission issues, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) sanctions compliance, data privacy and cybersecurity, antitrust and consumer protection, intellectual property and commercial contracts.

A lifelong tech enthusiast, Steve is known for his ability to understand the underlying technology, apply the law to it and explain it to people of all levels of technological comprehension—in other words, translating techno-speak into law-speak. He’s regularly brought into matters requiring plain-English explanations of highly technical disciplines, such as LCD display and computer component manufacturing, internet forensics, econometrics and blockchain technology.

Pro bono work is a central part of Steve’s practice. He helps nonprofits with a variety of legal matters, such as 501(c)(3) registration, fiscal sponsorship, nonprofit governance and real estate issues. Steve also has experience litigating civil rights cases involving complex Fourth Amendment issues.

My Speaker Sessions

Thursday, October 11