David M. Otto has been practicing law for over thirty-two years, focusing on corporate finance, securities, mergers/acquisitions, corporate governance, and capital market matters. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1981 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1987. He is the founding Managing Partner at Martin Davis, PLLC (“Martin Davis”), a boutique law firm based in Seattle, WA, a Founder and General Partner of CounterPointe Ventures (“CounterPointe”), a blockchain technology fund, and a Founder and Principal of CounterPointe Sports Group (“CSG”), a company dedicated to tokenizing interests in professional sports franchises.
David is a leader in the effort to streamline the contractual and legal processes necessary to launch innovative blockchain technology projects, decentralized applications, and tokenized business models. Services provided include entity formation, transactional structure, token allocation, token-economics, contracts and legal documentation, tokenization platforms, legal opinions and memoranda, analysis regarding token payment/utility/asset-backed functionality, and Federal and State regulatory compliance.
David has also been instrumental in developing the recreational cannabis industry in the State of Washington since inception. In this regard, David has assisted cannabis businesses with (i) formation and strategic planning, (ii) securing capital, (iii) completing operational and financial plans, (iv) developing production and processing goals as well as initiating, negotiating and resolving successfully numerous legal disputes on behalf of cannabis licensees.
Further, David is the chair of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children (LHHC), a non-profit organization, fighting child hunger and malnutrition through fundraising, advocacy and service. LHHC is a group of lawyers who believe that no child should ever experience hunger.
Martin Davis, CounterPointe and CSG are currently representing various blockchain-related projects positioned to disrupt commerce, finance, and professional sports transactions. These projects include (i) the development of technology and capital strategy that enables the fractional ownership of art, (ii) the design and deployment of various applications on a scalable blockchain protocol that provide medium-of-exchange token transactions and related financial services, event-based transactions, data-centric and attributional commodities and dynamic insurance and (iii) the creation of a platform for tokenizing and democratizing access to professional sports franchises.
Fordham University School of Law, J.D., Commentary Editor, Fordham International Law Journal, 1987