Thomas Vartanian

Executive Director

Financial Technology & Cybersecurity Center

James Dever, M.A., J.D.


Lockhaven Solutions

James Dever is a Principal at Lockhaven Solutions, LLC. He was a Professor of Cyber Warfare for the US Air Force. He taught Cyber Law, Intelligence Law, National Security Law, Privacy Law, and Space Law at the Air War College (AWC), Air Force Cyber College (AFCC), Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School (JAG School), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate (AFRL), the nation’s premier research organization for Computers and Intelligence. In partnership with Air Force Cyber College and National Security Agency (NSA) Cryptologic School colleagues, he designed a new graduate degree in Cyber Strategy for senior military officers and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians. He has provided cyber education to multiple foreign countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and France.

He served as a US Army Judge Advocate. He was the Cyber Law Judge Advocate at Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) where he provided real-time legal advice on worldwide cyber offensive, cyber defensive, and DoD information network missions. He was Chair of the Law Department at the US Army Intelligence School and taught Cyber Law, Intelligence Law, and National Security Law to Soldiers and DoD military personnel and civilians. He taught Advanced Source Operations at the HUMINT Training Joint Center of Excellence, served as a Cyber Law Judge Advocate at the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), and was a Cyber Law liaison to the US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).

Prior to the Army, he was a Deloitte Cyber Risk Services consultant. At Deloitte, he partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and helped create the Trusted Identities in Cyberspace and Privacy Engineering programs. He facilitated cybersecurity risk management for Fortune 500 companies. He has published multiple peer-reviewed law articles and book chapters on Cyber Law, Privacy Law, and National Security Law. He has lectured about cyber risk management at diverse venues including a panel discussion on Capitol Hill hosted by the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, the American Bar Association, NYU School of Law, the US Air Force Academy, and NATO Allied Command. He has taught extensively at civilian universities and law schools. He founded cyber risk management programs at civilian universities and law schools. He is Advisory Director at the Center for National Security and Human Rights Law in Chicago and Editorial Board Member at the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare.

Patrick Hogan

Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge

U.S. Secret Service

Patrick Hogan is the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s Chicago Cyber Fraud Task Force.  He manages a squad of special agents and task force officers involved in the investigation of cybercrimes occurring within the Chicago area.  He has been involved in cyber investigations for the last eight years while in the Chicago Field Office and is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.  Before being in the Chicago Field Office, he was involved in the coordination of national and transnational cybercrime investigations at the headquarters level.  His twenty-four-year Secret Service career has also given him the opportunity to protect former Vice President Dick Cheney and to be detailed to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security.

Claire Finkelstein

Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

University of Pennsylvania

Professor Finkelstein is the Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is also the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC). She is a distinguished research fellow at APPC and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). An expert in the law of armed conflict, military ethics, and national security law, she is a co-editor (with Jens David Ohlin) of The Oxford Series in Ethics, National Security, and the Rule of Law, and an editor of five of its volumes: Targeted Killings: Law & Morality in an Asymmetrical World (2012); Cyber War: Law and Ethics for Virtual Conflicts(2015); Weighing Lives in War (2017); Sovereignty and the New Executive Authority (2018); and Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of War (forthcoming). Professor Finkelstein has briefed Pentagon officials, U.S. Senate staff, and JAG Corps members on various issues in national security law and practice. She is a frequent radio, podcast, broadcast, and print commentator and has published op-eds in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Newsweek. Her other scholarly work has focused on criminal law theory, moral and political philosophy, jurisprudence, and rational choice theory. She is the editor of Hobbes on Law (Ashgate Publishing, 2005) and is completing a book called Contractarian Legal Theory.

Christopher Borgen

Professor of Law

St. John’s University School of Law

Christopher J. Borgen is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at St. John’s University School of Law.  His areas of teaching include International Law, National Security and the Law, Space Law, International Environmental Law, and International Finance, among other courses.  His research considers the role of international law in addressing political and military conflicts and his scholarship has been published in the Chicago Journal of International Law, the German Yearbook of International Law, International Law Studies, the Yale Journal of International Law, and in other journals and volumes. Among other professional activities, he has served Co-Rapporteur for the International Law Association's Committee on Recognition and Non-Recognition in International Law, was the principal author of Legal Aspects of the Separatist Crisis in Moldova, a report issued by the New York City Bar, and is currently a “core expert” for the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations.  He was a co-founder of the international law blog Opinio Juris and, previously, the Director of Research and Outreach at the American Society of International Law. Earlier in his career, he had been an associate in a law firm in New York City and, prior to that, a law clerk for a federal magistrate judge. He received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

John M. Geiringer


Barack Ferrazzano LLP, Chicago

John Geiringer is a Partner at the law firm of Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters involving financial institutions.

He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions. John teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the board of advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the co-editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, Boston University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law). John serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Financial Integrity (MAFI) Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.


Sanjeev Bhasker

U.S. Digital Currency Counsel

United States Department of Justice, Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section, Digital Currency Initiative

Sanjeev Bhasker serves as U.S. Digital Currency Counsel with the US Department of Justice's Digital Currency Initiative, providing legal guidance and support to investigators, prosecutors, and government agencies on cryptocurrency prosecutions, seizures, and forfeitures. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, providing trial and appellate litigation throughout the United States (WDNC, SDTX).