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Patrick J. Hatfield is a partner in the Corporate Department in Locke Lord's Austin office and co-chairs the Firms Technology Transactions Group. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Hatfield has focused on financial services, intellectual property and technology, gaining valuable experience as in-house counsel, including 10 years as senior counsel and vice president to a leading provider of IT and outsourcing services to the global financial services industry now part of Computer Sciences Corporation. He co-authored the 6-Point Framework for assessing risk in electronic signature and e-contracting processes. He has helped many clients design and implement effective electronic signature and electronic delivery processes in compliance with ESIGN, UETA and admissibility standards under various rules of evidence.