Josiah “Joe” Dewey


Joe Dewey is an Advisor to Global Trust Group on crypto currencies and blockchain technologies.  

Joe Dewey is a financial services and real estate attorney in Holland & Knight’s Miami office and is considered one of the foremost thought leaders on blockchain technology.

Mr. Dewey regularly represents banks across the entire spectrum as measured by assets and scale, from community to global money center banks. Mr. Dewey also represents other financial institutions, including life insurance companies and funds involved in commercial lending transactions. His finance practice encompasses a broad range of asset classes and transaction structures, including real estate financing, healthcare real estate finance and asset-based lending, such as receivable, inventory, equipment and working capital facilities. He has substantial experience in participations, syndicated transactions and other co-lending arrangements, representing lead lenders and participant lenders.

Mr. Dewey is also an experienced computer coder who has leveraged this skillset to develop workflow applications to speed up the lifecycle of finance and other transactions, reduce inefficiencies, address pain points and areas of friction, as well as reduce the incidents of human error. He achieves this by leveraging cognitive analytics, machine learning and other state of the art technology to automate common, repetitive processes that are prone to human error. This has allowed Mr. Dewey to take a holistic approach and collaborate with many of Holland & Knight’s attorneys to provide value-added services that give our clients a direct, competitive advantage in the marketplace. This comprehensive team approach enhances our clients’ satisfaction with transaction execution and allows us to provide clients meaningful insight through data analytics, including identification of possible customers.

Mr. Dewey is considered a thought leader in blockchain, distributed ledger technology and the convergence of human prose legal contracts, as well as computational contracts, based primarily on computer code. This includes several varieties of smart contracts that can be implemented on several blockchain protocols, including Hyperledger Fabric (or IBM’s Blockchain service), Ethereum (both public and permissioned versions) and R3’s Corda platform.Mr. Dewey spends a considerable amount of his practice in this space assisting clients in identifying optimal distributed ledger use cases and developing proof of concept applications. He then assists in the transition from proof of concept (PoC) implementations to pilot and production systems built by our clients’ primary technology solutions providers. Mr. Dewey is actively involved in prototyping solutions that involve leveraging other technologies often considered to be additional pillars of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including networked devices (i.e., Internet of Things (IoT) technology) and cognitive analytics (including machine learning), especially in supply chain management and trade finance.

Mr. Dewey has written and lectured extensively on all the areas described above and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching a real estate transactions course where he places a heavy emphasis on how technology is changing the way transactions are structured and counterparty risks are allocated, as well as what skills students will need to succeed in transactional law during the next 20 years and into the future.

Mr. Dewey is also a frequent competitor in hackathons involving distributed ledger technology, most recently submitting a functional pharmaceutical supply chain application for reducing counterfeit drugs and prescription pill abuse.

Mr. Dewey speaks and publishes about Blockchain issues frequently.  Here are a few of his articles:

Blockchain Technology Will Transform the Practice of Law

An Autonomous World: The Blockchain and the Sovereign