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Dan M. Berkovitz

Dan M. Berkovitz

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Commissioner
Washington, DC, USA


Dan M. Berkovitz is a senior partner in the Washington, DC office of WilmerHale.  His practice has encompassed regulatory, enforcement and legislative matters affecting the swaps and futures markets. His clients have included swap dealers, commodity funds, commodity and derivative exchanges, commercial end-users, and trade associations.

In April 2018 President Trump nominated Mr. Berkovitz to be a member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  On July 31, 2018, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry unanimously approved the nomination.  

Mr. Berkovitz joined WilmerHale in 2013 after more than 30 years of government service in the US Senate and several key governmental agencies, including the CFTC, Department of Energy, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Berkovitz served as General Counsel of the CFTC from 2009-2013, where he played a key role in the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and in the commission's rulemakings to implement the Act. He also supervised the agency's appellate litigation and counseled the commission on administrative, budget, and operational issues, and served as the CFTC's Deputy Representative to the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Berkovitz was a senior staff lawyer for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he led several investigations into the energy markets. Most notably, he led the subcommittee's investigation into natural gas trading activities that provided the basis for Congress to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to regulate the trading of swaps in energy commodities. Mr. Berkovitz also served as counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Nuclear Regulation, working on nuclear waste and nuclear accident liability legislation. He has also served at the Department of Energy as a deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Environmental Management, which is responsible for cleaning up the nuclear and hazardous wastes resulting from the production of nuclear weapons. Mr. Berkovitz began his career in the Office of General Counsel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he served for three years as an attorney.

Mr. Berkovitz obtained an AB in Physics from Princeton University and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Professional Activities

Since 2012 Mr. Berkovitz has served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, teaching derivatives regulation.

Honors & Awards

Recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his capital markets: derivatives practice

Dan M. Berkovitz is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Innovative Market Trends, Enforcement Trends, Litigation, Insolvency and Resolution Authority: Safe Harbors; Orderly Liquidation - Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2017, Thursday, October 26, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Innovative Market Trends, Enforcement Trends, Litigation, Insolvency and Resolution Authority: Safe Harbors; Orderly Liquidation - Innovative Market Trends, Enforcement Trends, Litigation, Insolvency and Resolution Authority: Safe Harbors; Orderly Liquidation, Thursday, October 26, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Innovative Market Trends, Enforcement Trends, Litigation, Insolvency and Resolution Authority: Safe Harbors; Orderly Liquidation - Innovative Market Trends, Enforcement Trends, Litigation, Insolvency and Resolution Authority: Safe Harbors; Orderly Liquidation, Thursday, October 26, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2017, Monday, November 06, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2018, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2018, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2018, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2018, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Advanced Swaps & Other Derivatives 2018, Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Boston, MA
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