Beyond ESIGN – evidence considerations for electronic signatures & transactions

Length: 60 Minutes


  • Pat Hatfield, Partner, Locke Lord LLP
  • Greg Casamento, Partner, Locke Lord LLP
  • Michael Laurie, VP Strategic Development and Co-Founder, OneSpan 

The US Federal ESIGN law, enacted almost two decades ago, gives electronic signatures the same legal weight as wet ink signatures. It did not however give electronic signatures any special status. When legal disputes arise involving electronic transactions, the same evidentiary rules and contract principles apply as in the paper world.

In the event of a regulatory audit, market conduct exam, settlement conference or court case, producing convincing evidence involves more than just presenting an authentic e-signed record. It also requires demonstrating the process used to establish the signer's intent. Recent court cases underscore the importance of a well designed process, backed by comprehensive evidence of the electronic transaction.

In this recorded Webcast, two of the top US e-commerce law experts, Pat Hatfield, Partner, Locke Lord and Greg Casamento, Partner, Locke Lord, team up with industry veteran, Michael Laurie, vice-president, Silanis Technology (now OneSpan), to discuss the practical evidentiary considerations of electronic records and signatures. The 60-minute webcast features:

  • A legal, regulatory and case law update
  • The challenges of defending electronic transactions
  • How to present your case with electronic evidence
  • A best practice checklist for electronic signature evidence
  • A demonstration of ‘best practice’ e-signature audit trails & process evidence

Corporate legal counsel for financial services companies in particular will benefit from this unique opportunity to hear practical advice on e-signatures – a strategic technology for organizations committed to improving customer experience and reducing risk.