Cindy McAdam

Cindy McAdam

Cindy McAdam

Cindy McAdam, a partner in Goodwin’s Technology & Life Sciences Group and Co-Chair of its Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology Practice, serves as an outside general counsel to clients, advising entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as other private and public companies in a wide range of industries. Over the past decade she has held executive management and legal roles for various technology start-ups in the fintech and data security spaces, including bitcoin, mobile payments, and SaaS messaging security. Ms. McAdam represents clients on matters involving financings, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property management, and securities compliance. She also works with clients on employment issues, privacy and data security, and digital currency and blockchain matters. Ms. McAdam joined Goodwin in 2015.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. McAdam was President and General Counsel of Xapo, a leading bitcoin company, where she was responsible for implementing and overseeing cross-border operations and addressing the complex regulatory and legal challenges associated with digital currencies. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Bling Nation/Lemon Wallet, a financial services company that focused on mobile payments before pivoting to offer a mobile wallet (acquired in 2013). Before that, she was Vice President and General Counsel of Postini, a SaaS security company, where she negotiated and closed its 2007 acquisition by Google for over $640 million.

Prior to her work in-house, Ms. McAdam was associated with Fenwick & West in Mountain View, California, where she counseled public companies and late-stage private companies on securities laws and transactional matters.


Fortune magazine has named Ms. McAdam as one of the prominent female voices in the bitcoin industry.

In law school, Ms. McAdam was articles editor of the Virginia Tax Review, for which she published “Tax Breaks for Higher Education: Tax Policy or Tax Pandering?,” 18 Va. Tax Rev. 217 (1998).

Areas of Practice



J.D., 1998
University of Virginia School of Law
B.S., 1995
University of California, Berkeley, Business Administration
(with honors)



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