Lance Koonce


Lance Koonce is a partner and head of the litigation practice at Klaris, and specializes in intellectual property and media particularly in the context of new technologies, including blockchain, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.  

As a litigator, Lance has tried multiple complex federal cases including jury trials, and has worked on a range of high-profile matters involving intellectual property and First Amendment rights over the past two decades.  As a counselor and transactional lawyer, he provides advice to clients from individual authors and artists to startups to multinational corporations in industries including film, television, book and magazine publishing, music, news, advocacy, consumer products, art, and software.  Recently, he has devoted a significant amount of his time advising rightsholders and platforms on non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and other digital assets. 

Lance was formerly a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he headed the firm’s blockchain practice. Before that, he had stints on Capitol Hill and in book publishing. He has served as co-chair of the subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Privacy of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s Legal Industry Working Group and as co-chair of the Law & Technology section of the New York County Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Copyright Society. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Ninth and Federal Circuits, as well as a number of federal district courts. 

A prolific writer and speaker, Lance’s publications include an article in Slate detailing his experience with a viral social media post, Viral Like Me, and his presentations include a session entitled “Content: Reimagined” that he conceived of and moderated for CoinDesk’s Consensus conference. He is the co-author of the “Motion Practice” chapter in Copyright Litigation Strategies, published by the American Bar Association, and of the “Commercial Defamation” chapter in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, published by Thomson Reuters. Lance attended undergrad at Duke University, and earned his J.D. with their crosstown rivals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.