Litigation

BuckleySandler Announces New Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — BuckleySandler LLP, legal counsel to the financial services industry, has announced the promotion of four associates to counsel and the recent lateral hiring of three counsel.

Since its formation in March 2009, BuckleySandler has dramatically expanded its size, increasing substantially the number of attorneys in Washington, D.C., and opening a New York office.

Valerie Hletko, counsel.  Hletko’s practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions in investigations, enforcement proceedings and litigation involving fair lending, unfair and deceptive trade practices, redlining and mortgage loan servicing. Before joining BuckleySandler LLP, Hletko was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Elizabeth McGinn, counsel. McGinn represents financial institutions in investigations, examinations and litigation initiated by the Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and the bank regulatory agencies. She has represented financial institutions in class action litigation concerning federal and state fair lending laws, mortgage fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes, consumer fraud statutes and consumer privacy laws. Before joining BuckleySandler LLP, McGinn was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Andrea Mitchell, counsel. Mitchell counsels financial services companies on regulatory compliance and risk management with respect to the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes. She also assists financial services companies with due diligence related to acquisitions and initial public offerings. Before joining BuckleySandler LLP, Mitchell was a counsel in the legal division at the Federal Reserve Board.

Benjamin Saul, counsel. Saul represents corporate and individual clients in administrative enforcement and criminal matters, private civil and class action litigation and, commonly, in parallel proceedings involving private litigants and federal and state enforcement authorities. He also conducts corporate internal investigations and advises clients on compliance issues and programs. Before joining BuckleySandler LLP, Saul was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

BuckleySandler also announced the promotion of Mark Rooney (J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2006, magna *** laude) to associate and Amy Magdanz-Rose (J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2004, *** laude) and Ray Regan (J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1997) to the position of senior staff attorney.

Catherine Brown, counsel. Brown is a specialist in consumer compliance for BuckleySandler LLP, advising clients on regulatory requirements and trends in fair lending, Community Reinvestment Act programs, anti-money laundering, and enterprise risk management. Brown has designed and implemented regulatory compliance programs for large, complex institutions. She has considerable experience in managing relationships with federal regulatory agencies, which includes preparing banks to anticipate and respond to regulatory inquiries and remediation. Before joining BuckleySandler LLP, Brown was senior vice president and chief corporate compliance and ethics officer at Charter One Bank. Brown is also currently a managing director of Corporate Risk Advisors, a strategic advisory firm for the financial services industry.

Angela Desmond, counsel. Desmond has considerable experience in policy development, financial services regulation, payment and settlement systems, corporate governance/enterprise risk management and international coordination and outreach. Before joining BuckleySandler LLP, Desmond was chief of staff for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and had previously been a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s official staff. Desmond is also currently a managing director of Corporate Risk Advisors, a strategic advisory firm for the financial services industry.

Lori Sommerfield, counsel. Sommerfield has a broad background in financial services regulation, enterprise risk management and policy development, with a specialty in fair and responsible lending. In her legal practice, Sommerfield brings 23 years of experience in financial institutions law and compliance risk management, and she has practiced law in federal government, corporate and private practice settings. Before joining BuckleySandler LLP, Sommerfield managed Wells Fargo & Company’s Corporate Fair & Responsible Lending Compliance Program, providing oversight for 18 consumer and non-consumer credit businesses. Sommerfield is also currently senior compliance executive at Corporate Risk Advisors, a strategic advisory firm for the financial services industry.

With approximately 75 lawyers in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York, BuckleySandler provides legal counsel to meet the challenges of its financial services industry clients.