Paul N. Watkins

Paul N. Watkins

Managing Director, Patomak Global Partners

Paul N. Watkins is Managing Director at Patomak Global Partners. In this role, he focuses on state and federal regulatory issues surrounding FinTech, including payments, consumer and small-business lending, open banking, data privacy, and digital assets. His regulatory background includes designing the first state and federal FinTech sandboxes, consumer-protection enforcement, securities-litigation defense, and helping to found the first international and domestic regulator networks promoting innovation in financial services.

Mr. Watkins joined Patomak from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he founded the Office of Innovation, and was the Bureau Director’s primary advisor on innovation. Before joining the CFPB, Mr. Watkins led the Civil Litigation Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, where he managed the state’s enforcement of consumer protection, data privacy, antitrust, and civil rights laws.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Watkins was an M&A and capital markets associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, as well as a securities litigation associate at Covington & Burling during the financial crisis. He clerked for Judge Dennis W. Shedd on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College, and Harvard Law School.