Who We Are

Tonya M. Evans, Esq.
LIT Braintrust Co-Founder
J. Shontavia Johnson, Esq.
LIT Braintrust Co-Founder

Professor Tonya Evans


Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. She is the former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs and developed and directs the UNH Law Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program.

Evans has expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship & innovation (including advisor to startups), entertainment law, trusts & estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies, blockchain and the law, and trusts and estates.

Professor Evans is a member of the Consensys Grants Advisory Board, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency, the ITU Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology, and also The Accord Project’s IP Working Group, which works to develop best practices and standardization of smart legal contracts. Professor Evans serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims. She also received the inaugural Enterprise Blockchain Award in the category of Governance and Policy Leadership during the 2019 Blockchain Revolution Global Conference in Toronto.

Professor Evans is a graduate of Northwestern University (Dean’s List) and Howard University School of Law (cum laude). She also served as the Howard Law Journal editor-in-chief. She is licensed to practice in PA, NJ, NY and DC.

Keep up with her on her site, Twitter and Instagram.

Shontavia Johnson

Shontavia+JohnsonShontavia Johnson serves as a highly acclaimed writer, speaker and attorney thriving at the intersection of law, innovation, and pop culture. Shontavia serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Partnerships and Innovation at Clemson University. She has also founded LVRG, a company that helps women leverage their expertise to build dynamic brands and successful businesses.

Shontavia’s digital platform, Pop Culture U, uses today’s pop culture headlines to share lessons about internet culture and intellectual property law. Shontavia loves big ideas, connecting people to resources, and using the world as a classroom.

Shontavia is a sought after speaker who has spoken on stages around the world. She has given the closing talk at TEDxAtlanta, presented at SXSW and SXSWEDU, and is regularly tapped by bar associations to speak on intellectual property law topics. Her work has appeared in TIME, the Washington Post, and Fortune.

Shontavia’s academic writing has received the Ladas Memorial Award, which identifies the best trademark law scholarship in the world. She has been named one of the best Young Lawyers in America by the American Bar Association and was recently placed on the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Roster. In 2018, she was named one of 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter.

Shontavia received her B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University. She received her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law (cum laude). She also studied at law at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.

Keep up with Shontavia on her company’s website, her personal site, Twitter and Instagram

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