About The Authors

Jonathan Schmalfeld

Intellectual Property and Complex Commercial Litigator


Jonathan Schmalfeld (AKA The NFTtorney; AKA BirdnalsLaw) is from St. Louis, and is a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan. He obtained his undergraduate degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Missouri (go Tigers) and graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2015.

Jonathan started his career at an AMLaw100 firm based out of St. Louis, where he was on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation teams across the country, including a two-month trade secret jury trial to verdict in the Northern District of California.

He joined his current firm, Polsinelli, in 2022 to work in Web3 and Web3 adjacent tech transactions and data privacy matters and to otherwise help clients navigate the intersect between code is law and law is law. When Jonathan is not in the office or court, he is usually busy expanding his NFT collection, enjoying the local St. Louis food and beer scene, or watching one of his many sports teams disappoint him with mediocrity.


Jonathan can be reached through his email or LinkedIn for any business inquires. For any other questions, he can be reached on either of his Twitter pages.

Dustin Griner

Inhouse Counsel/Strategist


Dustin Griner was born and raised in sunny South Florida. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Multinational Business from Florida State University in 2010, his MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business and a JD from the University of South Carolina in 2014.

Growing up in South Florida, Dustin was exposed to many Latin American cultures and as such Dustin’s studies and early career path focused on international trade. He even started a remote learning company based in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Currently, Dustin works as an inhouse council and strategist for his family’s construction company. The vast majority of Dustin’s legal experience is related to business dealings, corporate entity planning and contracts.


Dustin can be reached by email, LinkedIn or Twitter.