Sontiq’s™ Corporate Counsel Earns Prestigious Peer Recognition

Jonathan Wachs Featured in Sontiq's First Chair Award Press

Corporate Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, John Burcham, Selected as 2019 First Chair Award Recipient

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Sontiq, an enterprise high-tech security and identity protection company, today announced that its Corporate Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, John Burcham, has received the prestigious Drinker Biddle Top General Counsel in the 2019 First Chair Awards. The First Chair awards recognize in-house counsel who have made significant contributions to the legal community, based on their accomplishments during the past year in a variety of categories. First Chair honorees are selected by a committee of attorneys from top law firms who have been recognized as leaders in their area of practice.


“John is not only extremely knowledgeable on numerous aspects of law, from intellectual property to regulatory and contract, but he is also extraordinarily personable and approachable,” said Jonathan Wachs, Principal at Offit Kurman, member of the First Chair Award nomination committee, and one of Burcham’s nominators. “I have enjoyed working with John for many years, and find him to be exceptional and talented, with an eagerness to jump in and execute flawlessly.”

First Chair nomination criteria include: demonstration of excellent leadership in the community at large and within the attorney’s company, consistent record of high achievement throughout his or her career, and a display of commitment to the highest ethical standards and professional excellence. All nominees must be in-house counsel recommended by at least three attorneys in good standing within the private practice community.

“It’s an honor to be recognized alongside so many respected attorneys. I appreciate the organization’s dedication to continuing legal education, and connecting private and corporate attorneys,” said Burcham of his fellow First Chair recipients. “It’s also empowering to engage with my fellow attorneys focused on aspects of data protection and privacy, areas that are front and center to my role at Sontiq.”

Burcham joined Sontiq in 2013, under the EZShield brand. He is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional through the SCCE and has broad experience in an extensive variety of compliance and regulatory areas, including the FTC Act, UDAAP, Sarbanes-Oxley, GLB, Dodd-Frank, PCI Compliance, FCRA, and state-level regimes. John has experience as in-house counsel for both private and public companies, providing him with a strong foundation in understanding the needs of business owners of all sizes, as well as the individual consumers who ultimately use and benefit from Sontiq’s intelligent identity security solutions.

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First Chair is a nationally recognized organization providing networking and career development opportunities for corporate counsel and attorneys in private practice. First Chair is the only organization structured to unite these two communities through the common goals of networking and recognizing the accomplishments of the best and brightest in the legal profession. For a complete list of winners, please visit


Jonathan Wachs provides strategic counseling and operational advice to clients in the areas of intellectual property, commercial transactions, corporate governance and the legal cannabis industry. As a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, Jon works closely with clients to develop, register, analyze, enforce, and transfer intellectual property assets in a customized, cost-efficient, and highly effective manner. Additionally, he conducts intellectual property audits through which clients learn the nature and value of their intellectual property assets and the steps needed to protect such assets from misappropriation or dilution.  He also manages a blog about intellectual property issues, Friday Factoids.

As a founder of the firm’s Cannabis Law group, Jon has become a recognized resource on issues relating to the evolving relationship between cannabis law and intellectual property protection.  He has worked with many operators in the cannabis industry to navigate the rules and processes relating to specific state medical cannabis programs.  He is the co-facilitator of Offit Kurman’s Medical Cannabis Affinity Group, a dynamic speaker series featuring national thought leaders on operational issues affecting the cannabis industry.




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