Patrick Burke

Executive Director, Cardozo Data Law Initiative (CDLI)

Counsel, Reed Smith LLP




B.A. 1980, State University of New York

J.D. 1987, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Electronic Discovery
Information Governance
Internet Law
Records Management


Patrick Burke is executive director of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative. He teaches E-Discovery, Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics, and Information Governance Law (with Denise Backhouse). These classes form a key part of the core curriculum of the Cardozo Data Law Initiative.


Burke is Counsel in the New York City office of Reed Smith LLP, where he practices with the firm’s Records & E-Discovery and its Data Security, Privacy and Management practice groups. He 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 from New York University School of Law in 1987, Burke served as a Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Glenn E. Mencer (W.D.Pa.). He subsequently practiced as a litigator at a number of major law firms – including Linklaters and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison - 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.


He holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) certification for expertise in European data privacy from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.