Lobbying Team - Philip S. Corwin

Philip S. Corwin is a Partner at Butera & Andrews, a Washington, DC law and lobbying firm. He is also President of Virtualaw LLC, an E-Commerce consulting firm. He has more than twenty years of federal legislative experience, with his expertise focused on the emerging law of electronic commerce, as well as financial services and bankruptcy maters. As one example, he formulated and executed a successful lobbying strategy that resulted in the striking of adverse evidentiary presumptions for digitally authenticated tax documents under the electronic tax filing provisions of the 1998 IRS Reform bill. Mr. Corwin is helping Butera & Andrews continue its record of outstanding legislative representation of the financial services industry while expanding its ability to address E-Commerce and intellectual property issues, including the many legal and policy questions affecting the future of digital media.

Mr. Corwin is an active member of several American Bar Association Committees. He is currently the Washington Liaison for the Science and Technology Section; Legislative Reporter for the Business Law Section's Cyberspace Law Committee; and Vice-Chair of the Financial Services Integration Committee of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). He formerly served as Co-Chair of TIPS' Investment, Financial Services and Taxation Committee; and is an active member of the Banking Law, Consumer Financial Services, Consumer Bankruptcy, and Commercial Bankruptcy Committees. He received his B.A. in Government from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences, his JD from Boston College Law School, and is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.

Mr. Corwin has been a guest on the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, CNN Newsmaker, CBS This Morning, CBS Nightwatch, CNBC Capitol Gains, CNBC Business Insiders, C-Span Washington Journal, Court TV Washington Watch, The Wall Street Journal Report, and other television and radio news and business programs. Additionally, he has testified before Congress; is a frequent speaker before legal, banking, technology, digital entertainment and financial services industry audiences; and served as an adviser to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He spoke in regard to copyright and other legal issues affecting digital media delivery at such venues as Tulane Law School’s Digital Music Forum, Webnoize 99, Streaming Media 2000, Digital Coast 2000, and the Coalition for the Future of Music’s January 2001 Summit. He has addressed technology-related legislative and regulatory initiatives at such forums as Glasser Legalworks’ E-commerce Law School and the Practicing Law Institute’s Internet Law Institute. His articles discussing such topics as encryption, and electronic authentication and Internet commerce, have appeared in Future Banker and Jurimetrics. Additional writings on financial services and bankruptcy matters appeared in Legal Times, American Banker, Banking Expansion Reporter, Banking Policy Report, Best's Review, Southern Banker, ABA Banking Journal, National Underwriter, Banks in Insurance Report, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, American Bankruptcy Institute Newsletter, Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, and Independent Banker.

Prior to his current activities, Mr. Corwin was a partner at Federal Legislative Associates, a Washington lobbying firm. Before that, he served as Director and Counsel of Operations, Retail Banking, and Risk Management for the American Bankers Association (ABA). He directed ABA’s bankruptcy reform effort, which culminated in the enactment of the "Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994." He was also responsible for overseeing ABA's federal legislative and regulatory efforts in such areas as wholesale and retail payments systems, bankcards, consumer disclosure and compliance, coinage, bank insurance activities, money laundering, student lending, and environmental liability. He began his ABA service as Senior Federal Legislative Counsel, with duties focused on legislative drafting and analysis as well as policy development.

From 1981 to 1985 Mr. Corwin served as Legislative Counsel to the Independent Bankers Association of America. From 1976 to 1981 he held professional staff positions at the United States Senate.

Mr. Corwin has been listed in American Banker’s Annual Guide to Washington's Most Influential People and Who’s Who in American Law.

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