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Patrick J. Burke, CIPP/E


Practice Areas


  • New York University School of Law, 1987, J.D., Award, Best Note or Comment of 1987; Activities and Societies: Note & Comment Editor, NYU Review of Law & Social Change
  • State University of New York, 1980, B.A., History
  • Københavns Universitet, 1978, Scandinavian literature and Soviet studies

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • All State Courts - New York

As a member of Reed Smith’s Records & E-Discovery Group, Patrick counsels clients on electronic discovery, digital investigations and evidence, information governance, data privacy, records management and cybersecurity risk, with a particular focus on cross-border electronic discovery and disclosure, European Union data protection and employee privacy. He advises clients regarding defensible identification, preservation, collection, processing, analytics, review and production of electronically stored information, as well as negotiations, meet-and-confer and litigating e-discovery issues. He also counsels clients on managing legal risks associated with data privacy and cybersecurity through improved awareness, upgraded corporate policies, policy enforcement and appropriate technologies.

Since earning his law degree in 1987, Patrick has practiced as a litigator at a number of major law firms as well as serving as in-house counsel at technology and e-discovery companies. Immediately prior to joining Reed Smith, Patrick was a Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel at Guidance Software, the makers of EnCase digital investigation technology, where he served as a respected advisor to companies, government agencies and military and law enforcement organizations worldwide on implementation of defensible in-house e-discovery processes and digital investigations, data privacy, information governance and IT security.

Patrick is the Director of the Data Law Initiative at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York City) where he also teaches “E-Discovery, Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics” and “Information Governance Law.” He holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) certification for expertise in European data privacy from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Employment History

  • 2013 - Reed Smith
    • Counsel
  • 2006 - Guidance Software, Inc.
    • Senior Director & Assistant General Counsel
  • 2003 - Linklaters
    • Senior US Litigation Associate
    • Co-Head of E-Discovery Working Group
  • 2001 - nMatrix, Inc. (now Epiq Systems) 
    • Technology Counsel
  • 2000 - Sagitas, Inc.
    • Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
  • 1995 - LRN: The Legal Knowledge Company / Legal Authorities Network
    • Vice President Knowledge Management, Deputy General Counsel
  • 1991 - Seward & Kissel
    • Litigation Associate
  • 1988 - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
    • Litigation Associate


  • Judge Glenn E. Mencer, U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

Sedona Conference, Working Group 6 (International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure)