Tony Lai

Entrepreneurial Fellow, Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX)

Tony is a lawyer, educator, and technology entrepreneur, advising and working with startups and enterprises, government agencies, law firms, and nonprofits to build the future of trust, transactions, and dispute resolution. His focus is on the intersection of computational law, digital identity, smart legal contracts, and service design and protocols.

Tony is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and Co-Chair of their Blockchain Group, a neutral, collective resource and forum to advance informed perspectives on how blockchain and distributed ledger technologies intersect with existing legal frameworks, as part of which, in 2018, he co-founded the Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy. Tony has also taught and helped coordinate courses held at Stanford’s law school and Stanford’s, on legal technology and ideas for a better Internet.

Tony founded the company,, to build the future of legal work, through a data-driven platform connecting in-house counsel to vetted legal professionals and legal technology consultants. He serves on the boards of various companies and non-profit organizations, including the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, working on improving legal systems and protocols through technology, including his work with funders, policy-makers, enterprises, law firms, regulators, courts and legal service organizations to develop identity, data governance, and reporting systems and standards for scalable compliance and legal service delivery.

Tony was on the founding team of StartX, the top-tier startup accelerator and community of entrepreneurs, supporting Stanford-affiliated professors, graduates and alumni, founders of companies and organizations working on breakthrough technologies from hardware to pharmaceuticals, clean-tech, life-sciences, consumer and enterprise technologies, while developing programming and partnerships with technology licensing offices and sponsors.

Prior to his work at Stanford, Tony clocked 10,000 hours’ experience as a lawyer in a major international law firm advising on commercial, corporate and regulatory matters for the technology, communications and media industries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Tony holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Modern History from Oxford University, and graduated from Stanford Law School with an LL.M. in Law, Science and Technology.


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