Matthew T. Foley, J.D.
Founder, BlockChainRiver, LLC.
Matthew Foley is an entrepreneur and advocate for building open financial systems and enhancing digital privacy via the blockchain, and is the host of the IPR podcast, "My Digital Self." He has been a litigator, community activist and early adopter of technology for 25 years. After thirteen years in private practice, Foley was hired as a deputy to help establish the first public defender office for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church in Virginia. He was the Chief Public Defender from 2010-2017 and led initiatives to create Arlington's first drug treatment court and improve outcomes for seriously mentally ill clients. Additionally, with a goal of salary parity with the Arlington office of the Commonwealth Attorney, he successfully lobbied local government and obtained funding to supplement the state salaries of Arlington Public Defender employees. His work also included community outreach focusing on educating and training the public on how to effectively assert constitutional rights.
In January, 2018, Foley founded BlockChainRiver (BCR),LLC. BCR provides legal and business consulting services to blockchain entrepreneurs. It also invests in digital assets and blockchain technologies. Foley's years as a criminal defense attorney for vulnerable populations ingrained in him the value of systems that foster liberty through economic independence and strong privacy rights. BCR is committed to contributing to efforts to build a worldwide open financial system and improving privacy and human rights via blockchain technologies.
Foley received his J.D. from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in 1992. In 1989, he received his B.A. with academic distinction from Binghampton University, having majored in philosophy and minored in religious studies.