Addison Cameron-Huff is an award-winning programmer turned technology lawyer. His practice is located in Toronto, Ontario.
Given the tremendous growth of late in the digital currency economy, his practice today consists primarily of Bitcoin clients; many of whom are Canadian companies that accept the digital currency. Recently, Bitcoin Decentral, the Toronto-based accelerator and co-working space for businesses that deal in the digital currency, retained him as general counsel.
He initially learned about Bitcoin through Hacker News, but has gained valuable insight since that time by working closely with industry professionals and attending Bitcoin meetups. He is always looking to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to digital currencies. It’s a rapidly changing area of legal practice and requires a continuous commitment to educating oneself.
To date, Cameron-Huff has done little marketing, with most of his clients coming through referral. He advises his clients to stay abreast as well.
“Attend meetups,” said Cameron-Huff. “Network, and find out what other people are doing, because there are a lot of people doing interesting stuff.”
Cameron-Huff notes the huge opportunity for lawyers developing in the Bitcoin economy. He suggests his peers “make a commitment to learn about Bitcoin. If you speak the language of Bitcoin, clients will find you. If you don’t speak the language of Bitcoin, you’re not going to fare too well.”
Cameron-Huff added that professionals should think about what they’re doing. For example, a client might use a word or term, but the professional should look at the substance of what the client is trying to say. “A lot of people in the space casually use language that for a professional are not the right terms,” he added. “I’ve seen other professionals latch on to a word, but people in the Bitcoin ecosystem might not be using that word the way you think. That can lead to confusion.”
One of the most frequently confused terms is the word “Bitcoin” itself. When capitalized, the word “Bitcoin” describes the protocol.” When used without capitalization, the word “bitcoin” refers to the digital currency as a unit of account. (For a more detailed primer, check out TwoBitIdiot’s post on how to sound smart at a Bitcoin conference.)
Cameron-Huff’s point reminded us of the words of technology entrepreneur and commentator Andreas Antonopoulos: “Cryptocurrency is a language. I started thinking about currency as a means of expression. You see, money at the very root of it is a language, it’s a language that we use to express value to each other.”