PART I: Cal Evans of Gresham International is a Scammer

Never trust fools who lie about things that are so easily verified like LSAT scores.

TL;DR: Cal Evans of Gresham International in the United Kingdom is a “Charter Legal Professional” or a glorified paralegal under their system. He is not and never has been a solicitor or barrister. He has never had a license in Wisconsin, Wyoming, California, Ukraine, Dubai/UAE, or Hong Kong. He has never worked for “top law firms in California,” and FINRA does not have a “Legal Expert” license. He lies about the most basic things like having scored a 19/21 on the Law School Admissions Exam (“LSAT”), which goes up to 180. He likes to put things like bar associations as if they are regulatory associations (e.g., he thinks the New York Bar Association governs New York lawyers and uses the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, a professional development organization, as a bar license). He’s been involved in a number of scams, including Giza, Ardana, Aubit/Freeway, and dozens of others. Do not trust him or platform him.

Sir Thomas Gresham (1519-November 21, 1579) came up with a clever little saying that says, “bad money drives out good.” Further proof the Universe likes jokes, the company that would bear his name, Gresham International, and its “Managing Associate” (yep, not partner; “associate”) and possible founder (sources vary), Callum “Cal” Evans, is the embodiment of this by providing terrible, unlicensed, and unauthorized legal advice to dozens of clients over the last 5 years in the United States and around the globe. Yes, he’s only been “regulated” since 2019 according to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (“CILEX”), but despite supposedly graduating with a “Bachelor of Laws” or “Legum Baccalaureus” (“LLB”) in 2009, we have him providing counsel to Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) before then and messing so much up along the way.

Here are some highlights of the stupidity we are dealing with:

He does not hold a Master of Law (“LLM”; I know because I do have one, with honors). I’m still waiting to hear back from the University of Surrey about the LLB with honors back in 2009, and as far as we can tell, he’s never been a Legal & Strategic Advisor to Facebook’s Libra project. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mrcalevans_libra-activity-6551538156733370368-yit4?trk=public_profile_like_v

Ah, this is hilarious! While I am temporarily suspended by the New York Bar (more on that here) and I do have a beef with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania thanks to this little turd (more on that to come), it is (1) not “the State of State” of (2) “Pensilvania.” (I’m a terrible writer and cannot spell to save my life, but I try much harder than this.) Now, sure, he will claim this was some “virtual assistant,” and he didn’t read it, but then who hires people like that, and who doesn’t read up on something like this since it’s so important you post it on your website! Lastly, none of what I’ve done is harassment. It’s calling a scammer a scammer. https://gresham-international.gitbook.io/gresham-international-website-documents/special-notice-harassment-from-mr.

I hope CryptoSlate can explain this one. Who believes this bullshit? Especially with this dude’s background! Is fact-checking still a thing real journalists do? https://cryptoslate.com/crypto-law-firm-gresham-advises-against-us-presence-cites-unfavorable-regulatory-environment/ (In full disclosure, there are certain movements like in Washington State to remove the bar exam requirement; there are also a few states that allow for a state bar license upon completion of three years of an American Bar Association approved law school AFTER a four-year bachelor’s program [7 years total on standard mode; 5.5 for me]. Regardless, the U.S. system in any jurisdiction is vastly superior to Cal Evans’ supposed LLB and/or whatever the hell he has received from CILEX.)

I hate scammers. It combines the two things that piss me off the most: (1) lying and (2) stealing. That’s why, when I found out where a former client was getting terrible legal advice, I had to find out from where. (And yes, I’m currently suspended in the State of New York and, thanks to this little shit, I also have a First Amendment case against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for using “Admission: Pennsylvania, pro hac vice 2013,” on my website; read more about that below.)

“We have an international lawyer from the U.K.! Cal Evans has worked on a bunch of ICOs,” my former client said, who had a legal opinion from him interpreting US law. That was enough to send me digging. Not only did I quickly find out Cal isn’t a solicitor or barrister, but he’s a CILEX “Charter Legal Professional,” which I had never heard of. Basically, barristers and solicitors are real attorneys in the UK, and CILEX “professionals” are mostly glorified paralegals with a handful moving their way up to “lawyers.” But since the word “lawyer” isn’t regulated there like it is here, anyone and their mother can use it if they meet the most basic qualifications. How they are able to call themselves lawyers and what their current powers and regulations are is under evaluation and hotly contested as we speak right now in the U.K. You can tell my thoughts on this matter, especially since he was interpreting US law in an American legal opinion for an American company.

“So, let me check if the rest of this crap on here is true,” I thought as I looked on his LinkedIn. I decided to email him and ask for his licenses and a long list of other questions, which he quickly claimed, “I didn’t have the authority to ask.” Cute. Must have been that big brain Law School Admissions Test (“LSAT”) of 19/21. (To be clear, LSAT ratings are from 120–180; never X/21.) https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/nh9ji513qgn1otfmenlnf/2024.01.02-Fake-LSAT-SCORE-and-fake-awards.png?rlkey=qn8wq06noiel5lq4om2kv4v95&dl=0

I thought to myself, “This guy is a fucking moron,” because only a fucking moron would lie about something so EASILY GOOGLABLE! And with that giant red flag waving, I now knew I was dealing with a scammer. Why else would someone lie about something so stupid and easily proven!? Hell, the “score” was from 2005 and does not match the well-known scoring protocol! He also states on his LinkedIn he has a “license” as a “Legal Expert” from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), which has never had such a thing. At this point, Cal tried to preserve what was left of his dignity and throw me off the chase. He reported this to the New York Bar, which promptly laughed it all off and told him to basically kick rocks. (Shout out to the 4th Department; you rock!)

So, I looked into Ukraine and Wisconsin licenses or “practice rights.” Neither had ever heard of him as a lawyer, and he wasn’t licensed there.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Wisconsin told me that he was registered under some in-house provision, but it wasn’t for Gresham International. Apparently, this provision required employment exclusivity, and they said they’d deal with the little grifter directly since he was registered as in-house counsel for a company called Stonehouse Property Group, LLC.

Here’s the kicker: according to Wisconsin law, he’s supposed to work exclusively for the Wisconsin company he’s registered with. But he doesn’t work exclusively for Stonehouse Property Group, LLC — I haven’t even seen that company mentioned on his LinkedIn profile.

It’s a clear violation of Wisconsin law, and I’m working on fixing this loophole. If anyone wants to help out, just reach out to me.

His “practice rights”: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/k6kh8yorfzw3ejbkdq382/2021.01.26-Wisconsin-In-House-notice-company.jpg?rlkey=43lymrfkdfr9vm1ldgaj5au37&dl=0

Wisconsin law: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/q4e77j6o6ezq74hb9t5zk/2024.03.19-Wisconsin-In-house-Law.pdf?rlkey=2mdq464fu0pc19d1rektzrj9f&dl=0

Around here is when I started letting everyone I could in the U.S. know that this guy was a scammer. U.S.-based conferences knew real lawyers don’t behave like he does and pulled him from speaking engagements. The Cointelegraph pulled most of his articles and terminated him, or so I was told. (But they platformed him as of yesterday, so who the hell knows what’s going:

(If anyone has a copy of this “workshop,” please let me know!)

In late 2021, I got my second legal opinion from someone who wishes to remain anonymous and another bar complaint from little Cal because I was hurting his feelings online. The 4th Department laughed this one off as well and told him to sue me if we had beef because this is a civil matter.

Now, onto the second legal opinion, this little dickhead either got wise or knew he was dancing too close to the line. This one, while discussing in detail U.S. law, including an analysis of the infamous Howey test, puts a disclaimer that “The view of the U.S. market is given for reference purposes only,” buried at the end of the U.S. legal analysis. It still seems like a legal opinion to me, even with that half-assed disclaimer. But his regulatory authority, CILEX, doesn’t care. In fact, they didn’t care about his lying, cheating ways when I filed a complaint with CILEX. Enjoy all the tea here: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/nin835ysqbp4wyelo2met/2023.08.10-Cal-Evans-CILEX-File.pdf?rlkey=ox94mflsdpz8x8h8xhn87sbsd&dl=0

(Disclosure, I didn’t redact anything; they did: “For the sake of transparency, Mr Evans’ representations will be sent to Mr Dunsmoor. Some sections will, however,** be redacted as they relate to confidential aspects of Mr Evans’ membership and legal issues***.”* And, yes, I really wish I knew what those other “legal issues” were/are.)

Short decision found here: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/9s5wqfaic644kmofx1zqw/2023.09.21-CILEX-Decision-see-40.pdf?rlkey=wdb72ykf9eikpt603vkc4dw7h&dl=0

Third bar complaint from little Cal and a third “piss off” by the 4th Department, telling him again, if he has beef, then sue me. (They didn’t use that language, I did.)

I knew this punk was a scammer. I could sense it, but I had other things to deal with, including my fight with the New York Bar. (The real one, Cal; not the Association. Story here: https://dunsmooresq.medium.com/no-good-deed-goes-unpunished-how-to-almost-get-disbarred-c7f6a85986a4.)

But it was when one of my former paralegals noticed that he had added a Gitbook that claimed he no longer serviced “US persons” and a notice of harassment to me that I got inspired again. (See https://gresham-international.gitbook.io/gresham-international-website-documents/notice-for-u.s-persons and https://gresham-international.gitbook.io/gresham-international-website-documents/special-notice-harassment-from-mr.-dunsmoor) We dug around and could see he was up to his old ways. The people we talked to wanted to come forward and say how shitty he was, but they knew if they did, they would be doxxing their project as having a bad “lawyer” and fundamentally flawed legal start. I understand doing the right thing is hard. Trust me, I know (e.g., my fight with the New York Bar).

It was the day after my New York Bar decision that I got a piece of mail from “State of State of Pensilvania,” (sic) as Cal says on his Notice, that I became reinvigorated with this case.

Cal, an “international lawyer,” claims that it was not true and too confusing that, as previously addressed, I have “Pennsylvania, pro hac vice 2013” on the website of my law firm. Pro hac vice, for those unfamiliar or lacking the ability to copy-paste into Google (it’s the first result), states it’s for a limited admission. This was a nod to the case I was a part of involving student drug testing for tween girls who just wanted to join the most basic club activities. The foolish PA bar thought this was a brilliant idea to pursue once I called them out on not keeping records of pro hac admissions as the reason to continue this case. To this day, I haven’t seen the original complaint this “award-winning” lawyer filed, but don’t worry, I will. I’ll be suing PA later this year and winning. They know they are wrong, and now I’ll prove it. If you want to make sure PA tracks pro hac admissions, that fight is coming too.

Since I have a little sabbatical, this is when I started my hunt for Cal Evans to be charged criminally with securities fraud, wire fraud, and any other crime I could uncover, including the unlicensed practice of law in some jurisdiction in the United States and anywhere else he claimed to be licensed in. I’ve been against a lot of stupid attorneys, but this type of behavior was unacceptable. Given his prolific work with ICOs, I know he violated securities laws. (He also posted this and then removed it regarding his “legal opinions” and status in Wisconsin: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/u4rubc1hhqe7ankzg4xuu/2024.03.21-Wayback-Legal-Opinion-Notice.pdf?rlkey=phjnbah09y17ftr5i3m952ujt&dl=0

And, because the Universe believes in karma, Cal’s very own “Special Notice — — Harassment From Mr. Dunsmoor” brought me a new friend. (https://gresham-international.gitbook.io/gresham-international-website-documents/special-notice-harassment-from-mr.-dunsmoor) Someone who has been truly wronged by Cal Evans, the “ICO Expert.” Cal was a part of the scam Aubit/Freeway which, like FTX, claimed to have licenses, operating compliance programs, etc., and had absolutely scammed its investors and users. You can read the lawsuit here: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/e33mydsv64wef84b4teej/2023.08.03-Complaint.pdf?rlkey=6ew755ike5l35kbw5628lc03y&dl=0

(2020.03.00) Compliance Letter to Aubit.pdf

The most telling portion of all this is now that the Aubit/Freeway lawsuit is out there, Cal has tried to make himself look like the good guy again. This was posted on March 16, 2024, on his Gitbook:

Special Notice — — Aubit/Freeway

Notice concerning Aubit/Freeway

We are aware that late in 2022, the Aubit (sometimes called Freeway) project encountered financial difficulty due to a financial services firm based in Europe. While we do not have all of the details (as we were not actively working with them at that time), we are aware of the following:

When the failure first occurred, we had not worked with Aubit for some time. Despite this, we began assisting their in-house legal team (pro-bono) with the recovery of assets for the benefit of those impacted. We are aware that there is/was a road to (at least partial) recovery, and that is being explored with regulators and lawyers on behalf of Aubit. We also believe that the Greek Authorities have started proceedings against those who have, they believe, undertaken criminal activities.

We know that several regulators are looking into this issue as it was reported, independently, by Aubit. We are also aware that they have and continue to work with counsel to recover funds for users.

SOURCE: https://gresham-international.gitbook.io/gresham-international-website-documents/special-notice-aubit-freeway

If this so-called well-regulated project faced “financial difficulties” and Cal or Gresham International was trying to help people, why would he wait until March of 2024 to post about a case that dates back to late 2022? Because just like haters are going to hate-hate-hate, scammers are going to scam-scam-scam. (First part by Taylor Swift; second part by yours truly. I’ll let you decide if I’m just hating by the end of this.)

So, where does this leave us? Well, I’m sure Cal will file another bar complaint to the New York Bar Association and 4th Department because he doesn’t understand the difference. I’m hoping the 4th will continue to recognize this complaint as meritless and continue its position of kick rocks and “sue him if you think there is a legitimate civil grievance.” I’m sure while he thinks he’s getting the laugh right now, the grim reaper of legal justice is coming knocking at his door, eventually. You will be behind bars, Cal Evans. I’ll make it my life’s work to make sure legal justice is done and that you never scam again. So, send whatever regulator you want after me, but know that I’m on your trail.

Some of what we know at this point is:

1. He is “regulated” by CILEX as a Chartered Legal Professional in the United Kingdom;

2. He never worked for “top law firms” in London or California;

3. He has a Dubai DIFC Court registration, but we are awaiting how he was able to register as a law firm and lawyer there under that court while not being registered as a lawyer with Dubai;

4. He is not licensed in Ukraine;

5. He is not licensed in Wyoming despite having an office there;

6. He is not licensed in Wisconsin but has a false in-house document registered there;

7. He is not licensed in Hong Kong, or we have found no proof of that;

8. We are awaiting word from the Cook Islands, Belize, and several other jurisdictions where he claims to have offices, licenses, and/or practice rights;

9. He did not get a 19/21 on the LSAT because it’s out of 180;

10. He does not hold a “Legal Expert” license from FINRA;

11. Nearly all of his 10,000 followers on Instagram are fake (the clue is the engagement, and yes, he brags about that on LinkedIn);

12. Every single one of the people listed on his website, except the California lawyer Joseph Johnson, does not have their affiliation with Gresham International on their LinkedIn despite having mostly up-to-date LinkedIn profiles. (More on Johnson in Part II)

13. He was “legal” compliance or counsel for Giza, Ardana, and Aubit/Freeway. Three scams that have occurred under his watch and in which he was the highest “legal officer.”

Giza: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/cryptocurrency-scammers-of-giza-make-off-with-2-million-after-ico.html and https://github.com/ico-check/ico-check/issues/38

Ardana: (he still has their name on his website as of April 9, 2024): https://beincrypto.com/cardano-stablecoin-ecosystem-ardana-suddenly-halts-development/ and Crypto Crow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvRdepgATww

(Disclosure: We are speaking with some of the Ardana folks who were not part of the rug to seek justice)

This is just Part I, and there will be many more developments as all those aggrieved by Cal Evans and Gresham International begin to reach out. If that is you, please do so.

I HATE SCAMMERS. There are so many other ways to make real money, whether its fiat or cryptocurrency based. If you want to see how bad it is getting because of the rise of AI, check out the brilliant David Gerard’s piece on it here: Vortax: a fake scam AI company. Just like the old ICO days! https://davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/2024/04/03/vortax-a-fake-scam-ai-company-just-like-the-old-ico-days/

P.S. Don’t get me started on the number of law review articles he has corrupted because of his position at Cointelegraph or the hundreds of thousands he has spent buying awards, conference speaking positions (I have never and will never pay to speak as a law firm or lawyer), Instagram followers, and “magazine” covers. It’s almost like we should use blockchain for identity and credential verification…

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