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Daniel S. Cohen

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Daniel Cohen is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the consumer financial services, depository institutions, financial institutions and services litigation, fintech, and payment systems practice groups. He focuses his practice on regulatory compliance for banks, trust companies, money services providers, digital asset trading platforms and digital wallet providers. He has extensive experience counseling clients with respect to federal banking laws and regulations, federal and state money transmitter statutes and regulations, and SEC guidance regarding digital assets. Additionally, he helps represent financial institutions in class action litigation, advises investment companies on federal financial services policy, and represents policyholders in coverage disputes with insurers.

He also is involved in various pro bono matters at K&L Gates, including the representation of a client for special immigrant juvenile status, and developing a charitable prepaid card program.

Mr. Cohen writes extensively on the digital assets and blockchain applications, both in the financial and energy industries, as well as financial services policy. His writings are often published on JD Supra. He also has been published in several legal journals, including the Virginia Law Review, the Dickinson Law Review, the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, the Energy Law Journal, the Banking Law Journal, and the Investment Lawyer.

Professional Background

Mr. Cohen was a summer associate at K&L Gates in 2016. During law school, he interned for the Legal Aid Justice Center; the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Consumer Protection Section; and the United States Senate Banking Committee, Senator Sherrod Brown’s staff.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Women in Housing and Finance, Inc.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, WHF/WHFF Partner Series Brown Bag Lunch: COVID-19’s Impact on Digital Currencies, Women in Housing and Finance (May 7, 2020).
  • Panelist, “FELJ Author Talk: Energizing the Future with Blockchain”, Energy Bar Association, Washington D.C., 19 February 2019.
  • Panelist, “Blockchain Basics for Energy Lawyers: Mastering Fundamentals and Keeping Pace with Emerging Use Cases”, American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2019

Additional Information

  • Making the Grade: Practical Tips to Meet Compliance Standards Track: How to Ace Your HMDA and Fair Lending Exams, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Regulatory Compliance Conference 2018, 2019 (contributor)
  • Consumer Lending and Alternative Data: Opportunities, Risks, and Challenges, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference 2018, 2019 (contributor)
  • Lending to Non-Traditional Borrowers: Immigrants, Foreign Investors, and Multigenerational Households, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Regulatory Compliance Conference 2018 (contributor)
  • Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity Laws: The Fair Housing Act and the HUD Disparate Impact Rule, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Regulatory Compliance Conference 2018 (contributor)
  • Note, Do Your Duty (!)(?): The Distribution of Power in the Appointments Clause, 103 VA. L. REV. 673 (2017).