Skip to the main content

Patrick Murck


Patrick is a lawyer and expert on cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. He will conduct research into the law and policy implications of bitcoin, distributed ledgers and smart contracts. In addition to his role at the Berkman Klein Center, Patrick is Special Counsel at Cooley LLP and a member of the IMF's High Level Advisory Group on Fintech.

Previously Patrick was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation where he served at times as General Counsel and Executive Director. Patrick has engaged regulators and policymakers around the world on cryptocurrency and the emerging digital economy. He was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel for 2014 by the National Law Journal.

Patrick also serves as President Board member for the BitGive Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on charitable giving and social impact using bitcoin.

Projects & Tools

Digital Finance Initiative

A multitude of technical, legal, policy, and economic issues around digital currencies and blockchain technologies have emerged in recent years. More


Bloomberg Law

Say Hello to Your New Local Bank—The Fed

BKC affiliate Patrick Murck on why newly introduced bills creating a U.S. “Digital Dollar” as part of the coronavirus stimulus package would radically upend the banking and…

Apr 13, 2020
The Exchange

The Challenges and Nuance of Crypto Regulation

The present and future regulation of cryptocurrency

Apr 8, 2019

Evolving Technology means Change to Legal Finance

On transformation in the financial services landscape due to globalizing and evolving technologies

Oct 17, 2018

FinTech Forward 2018

Domestic and international financial regulators, innovators, and experts examine financial tech topics

Oct 12, 2018


May 16, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

How to regulate the future of finance?

featuring John Schindler from the Federal Reserve, Jeff Bandman from the CFTC, and Valerie Szczepanik from the SEC

Event Description US market regulators offer… More

Oct 20, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Property law and the blockchain

with Berkman Fellow, Patrick Murck

In this talk we will explore the first area of interest and try to unpack the basic property interests one can have in a bitcoin. More