Berkovitz, Dan

Dan M. Berkovitz

Dan M. Berkovitz's practice encompasses all aspects of the regulatory, enforcement and legislative agenda affecting the swaps and futures markets. His clients, both domestic and international, include entities in ongoing US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) investigations, multi-national swap dealers, managed funds, a major US manufacturer, and industry trade and advocacy associations.  

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, budgetary 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, for the first time, the electronic trading of swaps in energy commodities. Mr. Berkovitz has 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.

Currently, Mr. Berkovitz also is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, where he teaches derivatives trading and regulation. 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

Currently, Mr. Berkovitz also is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School, where he teaches energy trading and regulation.


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  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1982

    • AB, Physics, Princeton University, 1978

      cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

  • Government Experience

    • Federal Legislative Branch

      US Senate

      Senior Staff Lawyer, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Environment and Public Works
    • Commodity Futures Trading Commission

      General Counsel
    • Commodity Futures Trading Commission

      Duty Representative, Financial Stability Oversight Council