Who We Are?

DARLA Members

DARLA has more than 70 members, acting in their individual capacities, including Kristin Boggiano (President and Co-Founder, CrossTower), David Brill (Founder, Brill Advisors), Mary Beth Buchanan (Chief Legal Officer, Bitstamp), Dan Burstein (General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers, Paxos), Lindsay Danas Cohen (General Counsel, Velocity Markets, Inc.), Francesca Don Angelo (Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Galaxy Digital), Brian Farber (General Counsel, Securitize), Erin Friez (General Counsel, Digital Asset Research), Julie Jo (Legal Counsel, Xapo), Joyce Lai (Senior Counsel, ConsenSys), Lisa LeFever (Head of Legal, LGO), Brynly Llyr (General Counsel, cLabs), Santo Manna (Legal Counsel, AlphaPoint), James Morgan (General Counsel, BitGo), Arianna Pretto-Sakmann (General Counsel, Genesis Global Trading, Inc.), Georgia Quinn (General Counsel, CoinList), Elizabeth Ralston (General Counsel, Bison Trails), Lee Schneider (General Counsel, Block.one), Andrew Siegel (General Counsel and CCO, Galaxy Digital), Annemarie Tierney (Principal, Liquid Advisors, Inc.), John Viskocil (General Counsel, USREM), Anne T. Warner (General Counsel, Algorand, Inc.), Nicole Williams (General Counsel, Hehmeyer), and others.


Kristin Boggiano
Founder and Co-Chair, DARLA*

Kristin Boggiano is president and co-founder at CrossTower. Kristin is a structured products, regulatory and digital asset expert who brings over 20 years of experience as a trading and regulatory lawyer and over 9 years in digital asset trading and regulation. Prior to founding CrossTower, Boggiano was a chief legal officer of AlphaPoint, managing director of an algorithmic trading platform at Guggenheim, and special counsel at Schulte Roth, where she founded the structured products and derivatives division and led the regulatory group for Dodd Frank. Kristin is also the co-founder of Digital Asset Regulatory & Legal Alliance and Women in Derivatives. She earned her law degree and MBA from Northeastern University and her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

Lilya Tessler
Founder and Co-Chair, DARLA*

Lilya Tessler is a partner and the New York head of Sidley’s FinTech and Blockchain group. She focuses her practice on representing digital asset trading platforms, blockchain technology companies, U.S. and non-U.S. broker-dealers, financial services firms and cryptocurrency funds. Lilya is ranked in the 2020 Chambers Fintech guide in the USA Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies category and was named a “Rising Star” in Fintech by Law360 (2019). Lilya has previously served as senior in-house counsel at various broker-dealers and financial technology companies. Lilya is a frequent speaker and writer on various topics in FinTech, with a particular focus on distributed ledger technology, blockchain tokens and digital asset trading platforms. Lilya is the founder and co-chair of the Digital Asset Regulatory & Legal Alliance.

*DARLA leadership team is participating in their individual capacities and do not represent the views of any firms.