Patrick Burke, well known in the worlds of e-discovery, privacy and cybersecurity, recently served as a Deputy Superintendent at the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), Patrick founded and headed their Office of Financial Innovation which administered DFS’s “BitLicense” program, the first-in-the-nation licensing program for virtual currency business activities. During his tenure DFS approved the issuance of the Gemini Dollar and Pax Standard “stablecoins”, as well as Signature Bank’s “Signet” coin. Patrick also supervised DFS’s dedicated cybersecurity examination team, which examined financial institutions in connection with DFS’s first-in-the-nation Cybersecurity Regulation.
Patrick currently is a Partner, and chairs the Data Technology & Cybersecurity practice group, at Phillips Nizer LLP in New York City. He previously served as in-house counsel with Guidance Software (the makers of EnCase, now Opentext), and practiced at Paul Weiss, Linklaters, Reed Smith and Seyfarth Shaw. He founded the Data Law Initiative at Cardozo Law School in NYC.