John Deaton, a vocal advocate for transparent and adaptable cryptocurrency regulation, has become a pro-crypto lawyer with a large Twitter following and widely read blog. Deaton has supported cryptocurrency platforms such as Ripple and Coinbase, while authoring amicus briefs advocating transparency in cryptocurrency regulations. He has played a critical role in the high-stakes lawsuits involving Ripple (XRP) and Coinbase, countering the SEC’s charges of unregistered securities offerings by questioning regulatory overreach. Deaton’s concerns for stifling innovation in the crypto space accentuate the shifting viewpoints between crypto classification. Cryptocurrencies must be treated as commodities, such as Bitcoin, since they don’t represent a stake in a project or a company like securities would. Finally, Deaton states that the US courts have potential to foster crypto adoption in the United States, but Congress won’t act until 2025 at the earliest.