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Patrick  J. Burke


Integrity Oversight & Investigations


  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • SUNY Binghamton, B.A.
  • KØbenhavn University, Denmark


  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 2nd Cir.
  • U.S. District Ct., SDNY
  • U.S. District Ct., EDNY
Patrick J. Burke
Tel: (212) 841-1342
Fax: (212) 262-5152
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Patrick J. Burke chairs the Data Technology & Cybersecurity Group at Phillips Nizer LLP.  For two decades, Patrick has specialized in the lawful protection and use of organizations’ data, including cybersecurity, data privacy, and digital investigations, with recent working experience in Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  He has pursued his career as both in-house and outside counsel, as an academic, and as a state regulator.

Prior to joining Phillips Nizer, Patrick served as a Deputy Superintendent at the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), where he launched and headed the Office of Financial Innovation (“OFI”).  As head of OFI, Patrick oversaw a specialized team of cybersecurity examiners and had certain other responsibilities involving DFS’s trail-blazing Cybersecurity Regulation which, for the first time, required comprehensive protection of information collected and processed by over 300,000 banks, insurance companies, credit reporting agencies and other financial entities licensed by New York State.   DFS’s regulation serves as a model for other states, and already has formed the basis for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ model cybersecurity law.  

The OFI also administered DFS’s issuance of “BitLicenses” and limited purpose trust charters to cryptocurrency exchanges, crypto-custody providers and other entities engaged in virtual currency business activities in New York State.  Once licensed, his Office supervised and examined those licensed and chartered entities, requiring compliance with robust policies and procedures to address risks and apply DFS’s strong standards regarding anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, transaction monitoring, consumer and cybersecurity protections.  During his tenure, DFS authorized Gemini Trust Company LLC and Paxos Trust Company LLC to each offer a price-stable cryptocurrency – commonly known as a “stablecoin” – pegged to the U.S. Dollar.  

Since 2006, Patrick has counseled organizations on protection of personal data and compliance with US and global data privacy laws and regulations.  He guides companies on how best to manage their data – including data belonging to customers and other third-parties – and implement policies, procedures and training that ensures compliance with data privacy and protection laws in the US, Europe, Asia and globally.  He earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals for proficiency with respect to European data privacy.  

Patrick’s experience in digital investigations and electronic discovery dates back to 2001, including seven years as in-house counsel at Guidance Software, maker of the leading digital investigation software, EnCase.   He is known for his reasonable and cost-effective approach to discovery obligations in cases of all sizes.   He specializes in assisting global organizations in cross-border discovery, cognizant of the various applicable privilege and data privacy standards.  His approach to e-discovery is informed by his experience as a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Linklaters LLP -- and as a Law Clerk to a Federal District Court Judge.  

Patrick founded the Cardozo Data Law Initiative at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where he served on the faculty and taught courses on Information Governance and E-Discovery, Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics. 

Professional Memberships

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) 


Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals