Meet Our Legislative Advocates
Zachary Kelman is Managing Partner of Kelman PLLC, on the web at www.kelman.law, is a boutique New York based law firm specializing in cryptoasset and virtual asset related areas.
Mr. Kelman has drafted federal legislation on virtual assets, as well as countries including the Phillippines, St. Lucia, and Barbados on their virtual asset regulatory regimes. Kelman PLLC focuses on litigation, compliance and regulatory issues, as well as international law, and consists of experts in the changing legal landscape surrounding cryptoassets in the United States and around the world.
Mr. Kelman has been operating in the virtual asset space since 2014, acting as an attorney and blockchain expert for Medici, the cryptoasset investment arm of Overstock.com, as well as for virtual asset exchanges Bitt.com and Coins.Ph. He is a University of Michigan graduate, with honors, and formerly worked in the compliance departments at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.
Jason Holloway graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 and has been involved in numerous government and blockchain initiatives while completing his Masters in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia.
He worked with the Public Utility Research Center at UF partnered with the World Bank through their blockchain thinktank to encourage the implementation of blockchain solutions to utility providers in least developed countries. Jason was appointed to the Florida Blockchain Task Force by Governor Ron DeSantis and previously worked in the Florida Legislature for six years before becoming a full-time consultant for blockchain and fintech companies.
He serves as the CEO and Managing Partner of DLT Consulting, a boutique consulting firm specializing in government and regulatory affairs.
I am an attorney focused on the Financial Technology sector, helping clients navigate the evolving regulations around state and federal money transmission requirements and securities laws – as applied to digital currency. I regularly advise clients on which states require licensure, facilitate communication with the financial regulators, and when necessary, assists in the MTL application preparation. I also help my clients with their AML Policies, banking relationships, company formation, fundraising endeavors, securities determinations, and contractual review.
I began my career as a stock trader for a major brokerage firm and grew into the role of a wealth products wholesaler where I connected with clients by understanding their needs and delivering customized, novel solutions.
I ask a lot of questions and bring an open mind to every challenge. It’s that mindset that has made me a much sought-after attorney for organizations facing stubborn or unique challenges.
Andrea O’Sullivan is the director of the Center for Technology and Innovation at the James Madison Institute. Her work focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, Internet freedom, cryptocurrency, competition, and the economics of technology.
Her writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Washington Times, US News and World Reports, and other outlets, and she pens a regular column on technology topics for Reason. She was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in policy in 2016.
She previously served as a researcher and program manager at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she coauthored Liberalism and Cronyism: Two Rival Political and Economic Systems with Randall G. Holcombe and Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers with Jerry Brito.
O’Sullivan studied economics and political science at Florida State University on the undergraduate level and economics at George Mason University at the graduate level.
She lives in Pensacola, Florida with her husband, two children, and a little pug, Fritz. She enjoys taking in some rays with her family on the Emerald Coast’s beautiful beaches and relaxing with a great cup of coffee. And when her children allow it, she loves to read a great old book.
Anessa Allen Santos
Attorney Anessa Allen Santos provides concierge general counsel services to technology companies worldwide on matters of blockchain and fintech, corporate transactions, intellectual property, and securities. A former adjunct law professor, Anessa is a frequent guest lecturer and keynote speaker for the Florida Bar Association, and at select universities, conferences, and podcasts on emerging technology topics such as market cannibalism at the National Press Club, and at the Cryptocurrency Act of 2020 on Capitol Hill.
A recipient of the prestigious 2020 Silver Stevie Award for Solo Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Anessa has been repeatedly voted among Orlando’s Legal Elite and has been recognized for her work in human rights law by Marquis Who’s Who of Top Attorneys. Also a published academic in the peer-reviewed Florida Bar Journal, she has been featured by the nationally syndicated Daily Flash, the Florida Hi-Tech Corridor, and in Humans of Blockchain.
A member of the Venice community since 1972, joined the firm of Hough & Company, P.A., C.P.A.s in 1996. Mr. Paolillo graduated from South Carolina’s Clemson University in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
He is a Certified Public Accountant (Florida) and a Certified Global Management Accountant. He holds professional memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), and the Consulting Services Section of the AICPA.
He brings a well-rounded skill set to FBBA in organizational structure, strategy, negotiations, finance, and compliance.