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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 banking and financial institutions, in particular with respect to fiduciary powers and chartering requirements for trust companies, and he has extensive experience counseling cryptocurrency/digital asset trading platforms, exchanges, and blockchain-based digital wallet providers and marketplaces regarding state money transmitter, federal money services businesses regulations, and federal securities laws. Additionally, he helps represent financial institutions in class action litigation, and advises financial institutions and investment companies on federal financial services policy.

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

Mr. Cohen writes extensively on the cryptocurrency/digital currency and blockchain applications, both in the financial and energy industries, as well as financial services policy. He is a regular contributor to the FinTech Law Blog and his writings are often published on JD Supra. He has also 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

  • Panelist, “FELJ Author Talk: Energizing the Future with Blockchain”, Energy Bar Association, Washington D.C., 19 February 2019.
  • Speaker, Scary Topics and Spooky Trends in FinTech Webinar, November 2018.

Additional Information

  • Note, Do Your Duty (!)(?): The Distribution of Power in the Appointments Clause, 103 VA. L. REV. 673 (2017).