Patrick Hatfield

Patrick Hatfield

Partner

Patrick J. Hatfield is a partner in the Corporate Department in Locke Lord's Austin office and co-chairs the Firm’s 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.

Contact: phatfield@lockelord.com

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The US Federal ESIGN law gives electronic signatures the same legal weight as wet ink signatures. It does not however give electronic signatures any special status. In the event of a regulatory audit, market conduct exam, settlement conference or court case, producing convincing evidence involves more than just presenting an authentic e-signed record. It also requires demonstrating the process used to establish the signer's intent. Recent court cases underscore the importance of a...