Joseph C. Guagliardo is a partner in Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Philadelphia and New York offices, where he co-leads the Technology Group and is chair of the Blockchain Practice. He advises on technology transactions and provides general counseling around technology and intellectual property commercialization, including as part of the cross-disciplinary legal services offered under the Technology Group and Pepper’s Emerging Company Program.
Mr. Guagliardo has extensive international business and legal experience. He previously spent more than a decade at an international venture-backed financial technology (fintech) company, where he served in various technical and business roles in the design and implementation of capital markets trading and settlement software for banks around the world, including a senior management-level position overseeing a global team of software engineers and technology consultants.
He is a technology enthusiast and avid follower of the industry and related legal trends, including the developments around internet of things (IoT), distributed ledger technology and smart contracts, and machine learning in fintech, health care technology and a wide range of other industry applications. With a background in the software business and a passion for emerging technology and law, Mr. Guagliardo has a practical appreciation for the business and legal issues faced by his clients.
He is a sought-after speaker and author on emerging technology-related topics and technology and intellectual property commercialization and strategy, including the far-reaching applications of blockchain and smart contracts in the public and private sectors. In 2017, he was named a “Top Author” in the JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards for his thought leadership on the emerging topic of blockchain.
Mr. Guagliardo has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Wharton Entrepreneurship and GoodCompany Ventures Accelerator Program, and he is an adjunct professor for Philadelphia University’s Innovation MBA Program in the area of entrepreneurship and business model innovation. He serves on the board of directors of GoodCompany Ventures and is one of the co-organizers of the New York Blockchain Meetup and the Philadelphia Ethereum Meetup.