Every member of our US team combines legal smarts with industry know-how. We live and breathe tech daily. With Biztech Lawyers US, you don’t just get legal advice; you get a team as passionate about your business as you are.
Chris Spillman Americas MD Biztech Lawyers
Chris Spillman

Managing Director | Americas

Chris is a key and trusted advisor to clients of the firm worldwide, with a particular focus on corporate and commercial transactions. Chris worked in the Private Equity group for Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago before buying, transforming and then selling a business process outsourcing company.

Founding Biztech Lawyers’s predecessor firm in 2015, he later served as General Counsel for the NYC-based fintech Quadpay before, during and after its acquisition by Zip Co and was responsible for all operational, partnerships, financing, contracts and compliance matters for the company. Qualified in 4 US jurisdictions, he brings a pragmatic and analytical perspective to his client service.

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Julie Collins

Senior Lawyer | Special Counsel

Well versed in corporate and transactional law, Julie Collington’s experience spans from entity formation and corporate transactions to real estate, business, and banking. 

Julie began her practice in litigation, and the negotiation and drafting skills from those years inform her present day corporate and transactional practice. 

Julie is also well versed in contract reviews and NDA’s in the technology sector.

Thomas ("Tom") Dukes

Tom Dukes


Tom Dukes is a seasoned attorney and trusted advisor, who leverages his experiences as a health-tech start-up CEO, cybersecurity start-up GC, retired U.S. Air Force general officer, federal prosecutor, law professor and diplomat, to represent tech start-ups at all stages, as they grow domestically and internationally.

Throughout his career, Tom has been a trusted advisor, mentor and counselor, with deep hands-on operational experience, across a broad range of rapidly evolving technology law and policy areas at all levels of the public and private sector, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, national security, health-tech and cross-border transactions. 

Rashad Evans

Senior Lawyer

Rashad is an experienced corporate attorney more than ready to help you manage your negotiations and resolve your complex litigation matters.

In Rashad’s previous role as Associate General Counsel for a multinational corporation, Advanced Nutrients, he became an expert in navigating regulatory uncertainty, mitigating potential criminal liability and commercial limitations for Cannabis Law.

Kelly Skalsky

Senior Legal Specialist

Kelly Skalsky has a diverse corporate paralegal background supporting in-house counsel on business contracts, merger and acquisitions and international business development. Over seven years of experience primarily in the direct marketing and franchise industries providing her expertise in drafting and negotiating, managing trademark portfolios, litigation support and entity formation.
Francisco Moran

Lawyer | Of Counsel

Francisco Moran specializes in business strategy and project structuring/execution. When it comes to getting results, entering negotiations, and making risk assessments he is experienced and efficient.

Always attracted to cross-border projects, Francisco strides to provide solutions to businesses in multiple locations and cultures. He’s a strong believer of human solutions to global problems.

Ed Gehres

Of Counsel

Ed Gehres is a Washington, DC lawyer with nearly 25 years experience as a litigator, crisis counselor, political advocate, and corporate leader. Ed’s practice focuses primarily on claimants in litigation and disputes and hedge funds and private equity funds investing in litigation and other alternative private credit assets.

Ed is skilled at assessing risk and solving high-stakes problems. He excels at assisting clients that are facing emergence, crisis, or transformative moments, and combines legal advice with political counsel, strategic public affairs, and corporate advisory consulting. 

Blake Trueblood

Of Counsel

Blake Trueblood is a litigator and business lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience resolving disputes, growing businesses, advising entrepreneurs, and serving civil rights and economic development organizations in Indian Country. 

Blake has managed several start-up law firms and is a skilled operator who has been sought after by businesses, Washington, DC trade associations, and community development organizations. Blake has guided the sale and acquisition of numerous SMBs serving markets in fintech, the national security and intelligence community, entertainment, and food and beverage. 

Sherwin Noorian

Of Counsel

Sherwin is the only dual qualified, dual-citizen United States and Australian immigration lawyer based in and practising out of Australia.

Sherwin has ten years of US immigration law experience and has been practising US immigration law out of Australia for nearly five years. Sherwin’s business immigration experience ranges from supporting the US immigration needs of some of the most innovative and ambitious Australian startups doing business in the US through to ASX-listed corporates sending employees to the US.