Ms. Strickland represents clients across a wide range of industries, and has experience with the full range of litigation issues confronting large companies, having defended hundreds of complex and class actions through all stages of the litigation process. Most recently, she obtained a decisive victory on behalf of Zappos.com, Inc., when the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada dismissed a putative class action complaint arising from a data security incident the company suffered in 2012.
Ms. Strickland has also argued twice to the California Supreme Court as lead counsel on issues of critical concern in connection with the defense of class actions – Washington Mutual Bank v. Superior Court (Briseno) and Discover Bank v. Superior Court (Boehr), and has obtained landmark rulings with respect to the standards for nationwide certification of class actions and holding that California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act does not apply to credit transactions. She also has successfully handled matters before the Second, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, prevailing on issues including preemption, choice of law and arbitration. Ms. Strickland argued and prevailed before the Ninth Circuit in Chae v. SLM Corporation, an important decision affirming federal preemption of California contract and consumer-protection laws in the student-lending industry. She also recently argued and prevailed before the Fifth Circuit in Langley v. Chase Bank, a case involving credit card payment posting.
In addition to her experience defending complex and class actions through dispositive motion practice, trial and/or appeal, Ms. Strickland has settled all types of complex and class actions. She is versatile and creative in addressing settlement considerations, both legal and business, and in developing settlement structure options unique to the particular case. She also routinely represents companies in compliance counseling, regulatory proceedings and responding to claims by Attorneys General and other enforcement authorities.
Ms. Strickland began her legal career at Stroock in 1977. In addition to being a member of the Firm’s National Executive Committee, she has played a central role in the development of the Firm’s Los Angeles office.
Honors and Awards
Speeches and Events
Ms. Strickland frequently speaks on the topic of complex litigation. Annually from 1997 through 2015, Ms. Strickland has co-chaired the Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute for the Practising Law Institute. She also regularly speaks at PLI’s Class Action Litigation Institute. Ms. Strickland has also been a Guest Lecturer at UCLA Law School on the topic, “Negotiating and Drafting a Class Action Settlement Agreement.” She also speaks regularly to professional and trade groups, as well as to government bodies, such as the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
Recent presentations include:
Ms. Strickland has authored a wide range of publications, including:
Admitted to Practice
California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; California Supreme Court; U.S. Supreme Court
Financial Services/Class Action
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1978
B.A., University of California - San Diego, 1975
Don Maurice is President of Maurice & Needleman, P.C., whose attorneys specialize in all areas of creditors’ rights and financial services litigation. In nearly 25 years of practice, Don has successfully litigated for the financial services industry in both State and Federal courts. He has provided defense for claims brought under the Truth in Lending Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, FDCPA, Fair Credit Reporting Act, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, Magnuson-Moss Act and other state consumer lending regulations. Don is peer-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.1 He has been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor Law and as a Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer.2 His firm has been named a “Go-to Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies,” and a “Go-to Financial Law Firm” by Corporate Counsel Magazine/ALM Publications3. He currently serves as vice chair of the Debt Collection Practices and Bankruptcy Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section.
Credentials: Admitted to Bar in 1988 in New Jersey, District of Columbia, 2011, New York, 2012; Admitted to U.S. Districts Courts – New Jersey, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Nebraska and District of Columbia; Admitted to U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second, Third Circuit, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court.
Certifications: American Board of Certification, Creditors’ Rights Specialist.4
Education: Boston University (B.A., 1985); Case Western Reserve University (J.D., 1988).
Memberships: American Bar Association (Section of Litigation and Business Law), Vice-Chair, Debt Collection and Bankruptcy Subcommittee; National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, Chair, Ethical Practices Subcommittee; District of Columbia Bar Association; New York Bar Association; DBA International (Education Committee Member).
Publications: Say What You Mean: The FDCPA and Problems of Interpretation, with Laurie A. Lucas and Tomio B. Narita, 68(2) The Business Lawyer 659-668 (February 2013); Ensuring Compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Practicing Law Institute, 18th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, p. 717 (2013); A Primer on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Practicing Law Institute, 17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, p. 581 (2012); FDCPA Update: An Industry In Transition, 67(2) The Business Lawyer 639 (Feb. 2012) with Tomio B. Narita and Laurie A. Lucas; Courts Diverge on What Constitutes a “Statement of Financial Condition” in Non-Dischargeability Actions, American Bankruptcy Institute, Consumer Bankruptcy Committee Newsletter, V. 5, No. 3, July 2007; Amended Regulation “E” Impacts Collections, NARCA Newsletter, Second Quarter 2006; Automobile Lenders Use “Replevins” To Recover Their Collateral, CU Solutions, Winter 2005; Prime Time: U.S. Supreme Court Holds Cram Downs Will Pay Interest at Prime Plus (Nothing?), CU Solutions, Fall 2004; New Jersey Supreme Court to Motor Vehicle Lessors: Pay for Lessees' Towing, Storage and Repairs, CU Solutions, Spring 2004; Complete Guide to Credit and Collections Law, Winston, Arthur, Contributing Author, Prentice Hall, 2002. Contributor, NARCA Collector's Guide, 2000; Truth in Lending Developments, NARCA Newsletter, Fall 2000; Unpaid Assessments Not Always Lost When Unit Owners File Bankruptcy, Community Trends, January 2000; HO6 Policies in Community Associations, Community Trends, November 1999.
Other: District XIII Ethics Committee (New Jersey), 1994-1995.
Notable Decisions: Dunham v. Portfolio Recovery Assoc., LLC., 663 F. 3d 997 (8th Cir. 2011); Peterson v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., LLC, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 11453 (3d Cir. 2011); Shand-Pistilli v. Prof'l Account Servs., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64446 (E.D.Pa. June 16, 2011); Ogbin v. GE Money Bank, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64735 (D.N.J. June 13, 2011); Perkins v. AT&T Mobility, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16614 (D.N.J. February 17, 2011); Dunham v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14514 (E.D.Ark. February 11, 2011); Gorbaty v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., LLC, 355 Fed. Appx. 580 (3d Cir. N.J. 2009) cert. denied, 130 S. Ct. 2116 (U.S. 2010); DiMedio v. HSBC Bank, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52238 (D.N.J. June 22, 2009); Dotson v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46903 (E.D. Pa. 2009); Goodman v. Kleiman (In re Kleiman), 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 1763 (Bankr. D.N.J. 2007) aff'd Kleiman v. Goodman (In re Kleiman), 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6695 (D.N.J. Jan. 30, 2008); Goodmann v. People's Bank, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 31555 (3d Cir. 2006); Fountain v. Giove Law Office, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93972 (D.N.J. 2006); Sovereign Bank v. United National Bank, 359 N.J.Super. 534, 821 A.2d 87 (App. Div. 2003); Chemical Bank v. James, 354 N.J.Super. 1, 803 A.2d 1166 (App. Div. 2002).
Media: Blog: consumerfsblog.com; Twitter: @dsmaurice; Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/donmaurice
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Mark LoSacco has over 20 years of experience in litigation, and currently serves as EVP and General Counsel for Litigation and Employment Law/Benefits at HSBC North America. Before joining HSBC, Mark was in private practice for 11 years as a commercial litigator, after which he spent eight years at American Express where he completed his tenure as its Chief Litigation Counsel.
Andrew Pincus focuses his appellate practice on briefing and arguing cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and in federal and state appellate courts; developing legal strategy for trial courts; and presenting policy and legal arguments to Congress, state legislatures, and regulatory agencies.
Andy has argued 24 cases in the Supreme Court, including AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011). For his victory in Concepcion, Andy was named Litigator of the Week by the American Lawyer and Appellate Lawyer of the Week by The National Law Journal. Andy’s work in Concepcion and successful defense of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s right to run for office were cited by the American Lawyer in its article naming Mayer Brown as one of the top six US litigation firms in the 2012 Litigation Department of the Year report. Law360 profiled Andy as part of its “2014 Appellate A-List” series.
In the upcoming Supreme Court Term, Andy will argue Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, a case presenting important questions regarding Congress’s authority to create forms of injury that satisfy Article III’s standing requirement.
A former Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice (1984-1988), Andy co-founded and serves as co-director of the Yale Law School's Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic (2006-present), which provides pro bono representation in 10-15 Supreme Court cases each year.
Andy’s practice also includes detailed written and oral advocacy before Congress, other legislative bodies, and regulatory agencies regarding a variety of policy and legal issues. He frequently testifies before Congress on a variety of subjects, including patent reform, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reform of the federal litigation system, and the Supreme Court's decisions in cases involving business law issues. Andy successfully represented clients in connection with passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.
While serving as General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce (1997-2000), Andy had principal responsibility for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. He also participated in formulation of policy concerning intellectual property protection, privacy, domain name management, taxation of electronic commerce, export controls, international trade, and consumer protection.
Andy graduated in 1981 from Columbia Law School, where he was Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review and a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was an undergraduate at Yale University, graduating in 1977 cum laude.
Following law school graduation, Andy was Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold H. Greene, United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1981-1982), after which he practiced with another major law firm in Washington.
Benjamin Diehl practices in both the Financial Services/Class Action and Government Relations Practice Groups. He advises financial services companies and other clients with regard to compliance and regulatory matters and defends class actions and proceedings commenced by government agencies.
Prior to joining Stroock, Mr. Diehl was with the California Attorney General’s Office for many years, most recently serving as Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Law Section, where he oversaw civil prosecutions brought by the Attorney General’s Mortgage Fraud Strike Force and participated in other investigatory matters across multiple issues and industries. Among other things, Mr. Diehl played an active role in the negotiation of the multi-state National Mortgage Settlement, negotiation of the settlement between Trilegiant Corporation and multiple State Attorneys General, negotiation of the multi-state settlement between Ameriquest and multiple State Attorneys General, and the drafting of revisions to the California Foreclosure Process (dubbed the “Homeowner Bill of Rights” by the California Attorney General’s office).
Mr. Diehl received a 2013 California Lawyer of the Year Award for his work on the National Mortgage Settlement, and also was awarded the 2007 Attorney General’s Award for Excellence and the 2008 and 2011 Attorney General’s Award for Excellence as a Team. He has taught at the UCLA School of Law and spoken at many conferences, including PLI’s Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute on multiple occasions.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2002, Mr. Diehl was a staff attorney and Skadden Foundation Fellow at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where he specialized in real property and predatory lending matters, as well as related areas of consumer law.
Honors and Awards
Speeches and Events
Speaker, “CFPB Finalizes June 2013 Amendments and Clarifications to Mortgage Rules CFPB Mortgage Rules,” Practicing Law Institute, Webinar, November 13, 2013
Admitted to Practice
California; U.S. District Court, Central District of
California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of
California; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of
California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Financial Services/Class Action Government Relations
J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 1997
B.A., cum laude, Pomona College, 1994
CAMERON R. AZARI, ESQ., is Director of Legal Notice for Epiq Systems, overseeing both its Hilsoft Notifications and Epiq Legal Noticing groups. He has fourteen years of experience in the design and implementation of legal notification and claims administration programs. Mr. Azari and his staff were responsible for the multimillion dollar, companion legal notice programs for the landmark settlements in In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La.), as well as the settlement notice program for In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1720. Mr. Azari is an active member of the Oregon State Bar. He received his Bachelor of Science from Willamette University and his Juris Doctor from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. Before joining Epiq Systems, Cameron was an attorney in private practice in Oregon.
Charlie Honig is a Managing Counsel of the Office of Regulations in the Research, Markets, and Regulations Division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where he works on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), student lending, automobile finance, loan originator compensation, and the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act. Prior to joining the CFPB in October 2011, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, and the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. He has also worked as a litigation association at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco and as a clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Honig received his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law School and a B.A. from Harvard University.
Frank Burt has broad experience in several substantive areas including major market conduct and financial services litigation, First Amendment, intellectual property and employment law. He also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and related litigation.
Mr. Burt represents banks, insurance companies, other financial institutions and major building materials manufacturers in a range of substantive areas including major litigation, regulatory investigations and resolutions, mergers and acquisitions, trademark and intellectual property. Representative litigation includes defense of financial services institutions in federal and state courts throughout the country. Mr. Burt has extensive experience managing major class action litigation on behalf of financial services institutions in more than 40 states, and he is a frequent speaker on class action issues.
Mr. Burt also has substantial experience litigating intellectual property issues including trademark and copyright infringement and trade dress violations. He has been involved in precedent-setting communication law cases including those related to First Amendement law as it pertains to the news and media industry. He has litigated on behalf of and represented some of the nation's top communications companies on issues such as libel and slander defense, defamation counseling and journalistic access. Many of his cases have shaped the development of access law, as a significant number of these rulings have set state and federal precedents on how access law should be treated.
Financial Services and Insurance Litigation
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
Jonathan Marshall is a partner at the law firm of Bailey Glasser LLP. Mr. Marshall’s practice focuses on consumer rights, TCPA litigation, class actions, mass torts, complex litigation, and trials. Mr. Marshall is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He obtained his B.A. from West Virginia University.
Mr. Marshall has successfully litigated consumer rights cases in state and federal courts across the country. Representative cases include Desai v. ADT Security Services, Inc., No. 1:11-cv-1925 (N.D. Ill.) ($15 million settlement of a TCPA nationwide class action against the security company ADT); Shonk v. SG Sales Co., Case No. 07-C-1800 (Cir. Ct. of Kanawha Cnty., West Virginia) ($2.45 million nationwide TCPA class action settlement.); Casto v. City Nat’l Bank, Civil Action No. 10-C-1089 (Cir. Ct. of Kanawha Cnty., West Virginia) ($5.5 million overdraft fee settlement); Triplett v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, No. 3:11-cv-0238 (S.D. W. Va.) ($1.5 million mortgage servicing settlement); and Dillon v. Chase, Civil Action No. 03-C-164-W (Cir. Ct. of Hancock Cnty., West Virginia) ($3.3 million loan servicing settlement).
Jonathan Selbin is an equity partner in the New York office of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. He chairs the firm’s Economic Injury Product Defect Practice Group, and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.
Jonathan has argued successfully in the Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits, obtaining favorable opinions in McManus v. Fleetwood Enters., 320 F.3d 545 (5th Cir. 2003); In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liab. Litig., 678 F.3d 409 (6th Cir. 2012), vacated sub nom., Whirlpool Corp. v. Glazer, 133 S. Ct. 1722 (2013), reinstated
Glazer v. Whirlpool Corp. (In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab. Litig.), 722 F.3d 838 (6th Cir. 2013); and Omstead v. Dell, Inc., 594 F.3d 1081 (9th Cir. 2010). He also obtained a favorable opinion as appellate counsel in Butler v. Sears, 702 F.3d 359 (7th Cir. 2012), vacated, Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Butler, 133 S. Ct. 2768 (2013), reinstated, Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 727 F.3d 796 (7th Cir. 2013).
Jonathan currently serves as lead counsel in In re: Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Litig., MDL No. 2001 (N.D. Ohio); co-lead counsel in In re: Imprelis Herbicide Litig., MDL No. 2281 (E.D. Pa.); and interim co-lead counsel in In re: Capital One TCPA Litig., MDL No. 2416 (N.D. Ill.). He previously served as co-lead counsel in In re: Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid Contract Litig., MDL No. 1914 (D.N.J), where he obtained certification of a nationwide consumer protection litigation class, and twice successfully defended it in the Third Circuit.
Both Whirlpool and Sears were in the Supreme Court this past Term. With Professor Samuel Issacharoff, Jonathan was a primary author of the certiorari opposition papers in each. Both cases are again in the Supreme Court, and again with Professor Issacharoff, Jonathan is a primary author of the certiorari opposition papers.
Together, cases in which Jonathan has played a lead role have resulted in court-approved class action settlements with a combined total recovery for class members exceeding $2 billion in cash, plus other relief, such as extended and enhanced warranties.
Jonathan is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He clerked for Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel in the Northern District of California from 1993-1995 prior to joining Lieff Cabraser.
Michael G. Morgan represents clients in class actions, litigation and other matters involving cybersecurity, privacy, and protection of consumer and business data. He is co-leader of the Firm’s Privacy and Data Protection practice.
With more than 20 years’ experience in data security and privacy matters, Michael advises clients on cyber incident preparation, prevention and response; compliance with US and EU laws and regulations; completion of enterprise-wide cybersecurity assessments; and data security policies and best practices. He has particular experience in advising clients on large-scale data breaches, including those involving more than 50 million consumer records, both in the US and in dozens of countries around the world.
Michael is a seasoned trial lawyer who has first-chaired numerous jury and bench trials and has resolved scores of cases through mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has deep experience in the defense of consumer class actions and government investigations by the FTC, CFPB, FCC, and state attorneys general relating to data security and privacy. Before joining his prior firm, Michael was vice president and general counsel of Epic Cycle, a web app development company.
Michael is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Natalie R. Williams is an Assistant Litigation Deputy in the Enforcement Division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She previously served as a special counsel to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in his work on the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, and as Bureau Chief and Deputy Bureau Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the NYS Attorney General’s Office during the Spitzer administration. In the Civil Rights Bureau, she brought fair lending, predatory lending, housing discrimination, employment discrimination and racial profiling enforcement actions. She also served as the Corporate Fair Lending Officer for Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group, an Associate White House Counsel during the Clinton administration, and a law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor when the Justice served on the federal district court. Natalie began her career as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation, products liability, international arbitration and securities fraud cases. Natalie is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School.
Noah Levine has a diverse litigation practice, focusing on consumer class action for financial institutions and other defendants, including in privacy matters; appellate litigation; complex commercial litigation; and intellectual property. He joined the firm in 2002 and is a member of its Management Committee.
Mr. Levine’s litigation practice is divided between appellate and trial-level work. On the appellate side, he has prepared merits briefs, petitions for certiorari and amicus briefs before the US Supreme Court, and briefs before numerous federal appellate courts, in cases involving diverse matters including banking, securities, antitrust, intellectual property and constitutional matters. Mr. Levine has presented oral argument in cases involving banking, constitutional, commercial and intellectual property matters in the US Courts of Appeals for the Second, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits. On the trial-level side, Mr. Levine’s focus is on consumer class action and other complex commercial litigation, including the representation of financial institutions. Mr. Levine’s trial-level work is diverse, and also covers privacy, intellectual property and constitutional matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Levine was associated with a law firm in Seattle, Washington and spent a one-year stint in the US Department of Justice as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General.
Mr. Levine is currently representing financial institutions in consumer credit class actions, and another company in a data breach class action. Mr. Levine’s recent experience includes representation of a client in litigation in the US Supreme Court last term, oral argument and victory in the Second Circuit on behalf of a financial institution client, and victories in the Southern District of New York for financial institutions clients in putative class-action litigation.
Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation
Business Trial Group
Regulatory and Government Affairs
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Working Group
JD, Columbia University, 1997, Executive Managing Editor, Columbia Law Review
AB, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1993
The Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor, US Supreme Court, 1999 - 2000
The Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1997 - 1998
Peggy Twohig is currently the Assistant Director for Supervision Policy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Office of Supervision Policy is responsible for developing supervision strategy across bank and nonbank markets and ensuring that policy decisions are consistent across markets, charters, and regions.
Prior to her work at CFPB, Ms. Twohig was Director of the Office of Consumer Protection at the Department of the Treasury, where she worked on the proposal to create a new consumer agency as part of financial regulatory reform. Immediately before joining Treasury, Ms. Twohig served as Associate Director of the Division of Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission. Her 17-year tenure at the FTC focused on enforcement and policy issues related to consumer financial services. Ms. Twohig’s career also included work as a litigator with the firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Twohig received her law degree from the New York University School of Law and a Master’s degree in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1983. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable William K. Thomas in United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Will Wade-Gery is the acting Assistant Director for Card and Payments Markets at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He joined the Bureau in May 2011 as Senior Counselor in the Bureau’s Division of Research, Markets and Regulations. Prior to that, he was a partner in the financial services practice at Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York.
Deepak has briefed and argued a wide range of statutory and constitutional cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, several state supreme courts, and federal appellate courts nationwide. Deepak’s clients have included sitting federal judges, members of Congress, classes of consumers and workers, technology companies, retail merchants, professional athletes, individual lawyers, and national non-profit organizations. He is frequently sought out by leading trial lawyers to defend their clients’ most consequential victories or to resurrect worthy claims on appeal, often after years of hard-fought, high-stakes litigation.
He argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion (2011), a landmark case at the intersection of arbitration, preemption, and class actions that has been described by the Washington Post as “one of the court’s most important on consumer rights in years” and by the Federalist Society as “one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions in many years.” He obtained a $56 million judgment for a certified class of federal judges, one of the few such classes in U.S. history. Deepak currently serves as lead counsel to merchants in constitutional challenges to swipe-fees laws brought in the wake of the $7 billion Visa swipe-fee antitrust settlement, and lead appellate counsel to 34 former NFL players challenging the proposed class-action settlement of claims that the league hid the long-term dangers of concussion.
Before starting his firm, Deepak was Senior Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during its historic founding in 2011-2012. As the first appellate lawyer hired under Elizabeth Warren’s leadership, he launched the agency’s amicus program and worked with the Solicitor General’s office on U.S. Supreme Court matters.
For seven years previously, Deepak was a litigator at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where he founded and directed the Consumer Justice Project to collaborate with advocates nationwide on high-impact class actions and appeals. Before that, he served as the Alan Morrison Supreme Court Project Fellow at Public Citizen, coordinating assistance to litigants in public interest cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Deepak has also worked on voting rights litigation at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, church-state litigation at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and prisoners’ rights litigation at the American Civil Liberties Union, and spent two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He received his law degree from Georgetown, studied Sanskrit for one year at Oxford, and received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Fordham, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and competed in numerous parliamentary debate tournaments including the World Universities Debating Championships in Manila, Philippines and Athens, Greece.
Alan S. Kaplinsky is a senior partner and Practice Leader of the more than 110-person Consumer Financial Services Group at Ballard Spahr LLP in their 14 offices. He devotes his practice exclusively to: (i) counseling financial services companies with respect to bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law, and (ii) defending them when they are sued by consumers and governmental enforcement agencies in individual and class action lawsuits. Mr. Kaplinsky was the first president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, an organization founded in order to honor those lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the development of consumer financial services law. He will this year receive the American College’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in Montreal on April 9. He is a past chair of the Committee on Consumer Financial Services of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association. He has been named as a tier one banking and consumer financial services lawyer in the 2006-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a directory of America’s leading lawyers. He has also been named in The Best Lawyers in America under financial services regulation law and banking and finance litigation from 2007-2015. For 21 years, he has annually co-chaired for Practicing Law Institute its Annual Institute on Consumer Financial Services in New York and Chicago. Mr. Kaplinsky was named to the National Law Journal’s 2015 list of Litigation Trailblazers for pioneering work in the area of consumer arbitration and the use of class action waivers. He was featured in the November 1, 2015 New York Times lead front page article about pioneering class action waivers in consumer arbitration provisions. He is heavily involved in a wide variety of matters related to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He was instrumental in launching a blog, CFPBMonitor.com, devoted to the activities of the CFPB.
BETH E. TERRELL is a 1995 graduate of University of California, Davis Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall School of Law, Order of the Coif. She is a founding member of Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC, located in Seattle. Beth’s practice focuses on complex litigation, including the prosecution of consumer fraud, defective product, and wage and hour class actions. She has been co-lead counsel on many multi-state and nationwide class actions against Fortune 100 and 500 companies such as Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Best Buy, Sallie Mae, Bank of America, and Capital One. Beth has been awarded an “AV” rating in Martindale Hubbell by her peers, a rating denoting the highest legal ability and ethical standards, and has been recognized as a “Superlawyer.” Beth frequently speaks at CLEs and other seminars on issues as diverse as ESI, class actions, and mandatory arbitration, and is active in the bar and community, serving on a number of non-profit boards.
Christopher J. Willis is an Atlanta-based partner at Ballard Spahr and The Practice Group Leader of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group. He counsels financial institutions on consumer financial regulatory matters, advises them on compliance with consumer financial services laws, and defends them in both individual and class action lawsuits, as well as governmental enforcement actions (including numerous CFPB enforcement investigations). Mr. Willis chairs the firm’s Fair Lending and Collection Documentation Task Forces. Mr. Willis is a frequent author and speaker on issues relating to consumer financial services.
Elizabeth A. Ryan is a partner in the law firm of Bailey Glasser LLP. Ms. Ryan practices in the areas of class actions and consumer credit litigation, representing consumers in class actions challenging unfair lending practices, and violations of state and federal consumer protection statutes, as well as the representation of relators in qui tam actions. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has focused on protecting the rights of those victimized by unfair business and lending practices.
A graduate of Catholic University (J.D., 1985) and the College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1981), she is admitted to the state and federal district courts of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Ryan has been involved in hundreds of cases involving consumer protection issues, and has served as a panelist in trainings on consumer law conducted by the National Consumer Law Center, the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Florida State Bar. Ms. Ryan is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and a former Consumer Law Fellow, National Consumer Law Center (1993). She is a contributing author to Consumer Credit Law Manual (National Consumer Law Center, 2003).
From 1990 to 1993, Ms. Ryan was a supervising attorney at D.C. Law Students in Court, a civil litigation clinic for students at the five law schools in Washington D.C., specializing in housing law and consumer bankruptcy. From 1987 to 1990, Ms. Ryan was a staff attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services in Washington D.C. where she represented low income clients in landlord-tenant and consumer cases. Prior to joining Bailey & Glasser, Elizabeth was a partner in the consumer litigation firm of Roddy Klein & Ryan, where she represented consumers in both statewide and nationwide class actions. From 1986 to 1987, Ms. Ryan served as law clerk to the Honorable Nan Huhn of the D.C. Superior Court.
GORDON D. TODD, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, represents corporate and individual clients in government investigation and litigation matters, and also counsels clients on regulatory and compliance issues. Mr. Todd has appeared before numerous state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Prior to joining Sidley, Mr. Todd held several appointments at the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Todd served as a Deputy Associate Attorney General, where his portfolio included tax, civil rights and healthcare enforcement. Mr. Todd also served as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations in the Office of Legal Policy. Mr. Todd also previously served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, in which capacity he handled fair lending, housing discrimination, and disability rights litigation. Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Todd was an associate at another Washington, D.C. law firm where he practiced civil rights and commercial trial and appellate litigation.
Mr. Todd was a law clerk to the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable C. Arlen Beam, Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
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Jon Seward is currently a deputy chief in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice where he supervises fair lending cases involving a pattern or practice of discrimination. From 2003 to 2007, Jon was Fannie Mae’s vice president and deputy general counsel for fair lending, where his duties included managing Fannie Mae’s anti-predatory lending guidelines across all business channels and ensuring compliance with fair lending and related laws. From 1994 to 2003, Jon served as a trial attorney and deputy chief in the Housing Section where his responsibilities included developing fair lending cases with a focus on predatory lending, reverse-redlining and redlining. Jon developed his passion for fighting housing discrimination as a trial attorney in HUD’s Fair Housing Division. Jon received his juris doctorate degree from Rutgers Law School where he was the managing business editor for Rutgers’ Civil Rights Journal.
Joy Feigenbaum is the Executive Deputy Superintendent at the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) leading the Financial Frauds & Consumer Protection Division. Her division includes units focused on Civil Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Consumer Assistance, Banking Consumer Compliance, Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Act Examinations, Community Development, Student Protection, Insurance Producer Licensing, Producer Investigations and Disciplinary Proceedings, as well as the Holocaust Claims Processing Office. Immediately prior to serving in her current position, Ms. Feigenbaum was Deputy Superintendent for Frauds & Consumer Services at the New York Insurance Department. While serving in that position, she worked on the Financial Services Law, the legislation that merged the former New York State Insurance and Banking Departments to form the Department in 2011. Before joining the Department, Ms. Feigenbaum served for fourteen years at the New York Attorney General's Office, where she was Special Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Frauds & Protection and led major consumer frauds and deceptive practices investigations. Prior to her government service, Ms. Feigenbaum worked in private commercial litigation practice. Ms. Feigenbaum is a member of the bars of the State of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She earned a B.A. from Rutgers College and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Kevin Mallon joined Fishman & Neil, LLP, as Of Counsel in May 2004, where his practice focuses on representing consumers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other consumer protection statutes. He also has extensive experience litigating auto fraud and lemon law cases. Mr. Mallon also serves as Of Counsel to the San Francisco law firm of Kemnitzer, Anderson, Barron & Ogilive, LLP, where he was previously an associate attorney focused solely on representing consumers victimized by corporations. He specialized in complex consumer litigation and class actions, and has represented consumers successfully in published decisions concerning unlawful debt collection practices and unconscionable arbitration agreements. He has successfully represented consumers against car manufacturers, car dealerships, financial institutions, debt collectors, door-to-door sales companies, and telemarketers.
Mr. Mallon received his undergraduate degree from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, magna cum laude, in 1995. He received his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law, summa cum laude, in 1999.
Matt Wessler is a public interest and plaintiffs'-side appellate lawyer. He has briefed and argued high profile cases at all levels of both state and federal court and his practice encompasses a broad range of areas, including employee and consumer rights, the environment, and tort law. He has an active Supreme Court practice, and is one of only a small handful of non-government lawyers to argue multiple cases in the Supreme Court before turning 35, including two major ERISA cases, U.S. Airways v. McCutchen and Heimeshoff v. Hartford Accident & Life Insurance. He also frequently handles cases when they have been referred to the Office of the Solicitor General. Outside of the Supreme Court, Matt's practice involves a wide range of areas including employee benefits, consumer protection, insurance law, preemption, arbitration, banking, and bankruptcy. He routinely speaks across the country on topics affecting consumers, employees, the environment, and access to justice. Before coming to Public Justice, Matt was an associate at the law firm Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., and clerked on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Williams College. Matt is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and numerous federal courts.
One of The Nation’s Premier Consumer Protection Attorneys
As the chair of Lieff Cabraser’s consumer protection practice group for the past twelve years, Michael W. Sobol leads novel and challenging consumer protection class action lawsuits of first impression. Within the last few years, Michael’s cases have recovered over one billion dollars and have reformed the business practices for the benefit of tens of millions consumers nationwide.
For the past three consecutive years, Michael has been honored as a finalist for Consumer Attorney of the Year Award by the Consumer Attorneys of California. In 2012, Michael was named as a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice. Recognized as both a Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer, the Daily Journal selected Michael as a top 100 lawyers in California for 2012 and 2013.