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Brown Bag Lunch: The Future of CFPB
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Date(s): February 2, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM  EST - 1:30 PM  EST
575 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Host: Venable LLP
Directions: Gallery Place Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines) 

Cost: Complimentary for WHF Members Only

  • Allyson Baker, Partner, Venable LLP
  • Meredith Boylan, Counsel, Venable LLP

Program Description: This program will review what to expect from the CFPB in 2017, particularly along Enforcement and Supervision lines, taking into account the new political climate in DC, the PHH decision and an increasingly active group of State regulatory and law enforcement agencies. This program is strictly off the record. 

Speaker Bios: 
Allyson Baker
, who is a partner in Venable’s commercial litigation group, is a trial attorney and civil litigator with more than a decade of experience in the federal government and private practice.  She focuses her practice on litigation involving consumer finance, financial fraud, and complex financial transactions and on law enforcement investigations involving financial institutions, especially those initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Immediately before joining Venable, Ms. Baker was an Enforcement Attorney at the CFPB where she served as lead counsel in In the Matter of Discover Bank, which was one of the first enforcement actions in agency history and resulted in one of the largest agency settlements to date. She was a member of the initial team of attorneys hired to stand up the CFPB’s Office of Enforcement.  As part of this effort, she helped formulate policies on litigation and investigations.  She also led an office working group that created, reviewed, and coordinated research projects involving the application and jurisdiction of the Dodd-Frank Act and group that coordinated the work of the Office of Enforcement and the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity.  

Before joining the CFPB, Ms. Baker was a Trial Attorney with the DOJ’s Tax Division where she served as trial counsel in a number of jury and bench trials involving complex financial transactions, including two cases in which the government successfully obtained injunctions against promoters of fraudulent tax structures that resulted in estimated tax harm of at least $500 million, for which Ms. Baker received a special commendation from IRS Chief Counsel.  While at the Tax Division, she also received three Outstanding Attorney Awards.

Ms. Baker is currently representing numerous consumer finance companies in confidential investigations initiated by the CFPB’s Office of Enforcement and in derivative litigation.  She also routinely serves as litigation counsel for financial services companies, advises these companies about all aspects of the consumer financial laws and about their dealings with law enforcement agencies.  Ms. Baker received her BA from Columbia University and her JD, cum laude, from New York University School of Law.

Meredith Boylan has significant experience as a trial-level attorney successfully representing corporate and individual clients in investigations and related litigation by regulatory agencies in federal court. She also regularly represents government contractors in complex prime-subcontractor disputes before international arbitral tribunals. 

Ms. Boylan has an active appellate practice and has presented appellate oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; the District of Columbia Court of Appeals; the New York Court of Appeals (New York State's highest court); and the Appellate Division, First Department (New York State's intermediate appellate court for Manhattan and the Bronx). 

Ms. Boylan was previously an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, prosecuting appeals involving complex and novel legal issues. She also has represented pro bono clients in matters involving immigration, special education, and veterans' claims.


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RSVP: Online registration closes at 12:00 PM on Wednesdy, February 1, 2016. 

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