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Financial Services Regulation

6 ranked lawyersBand 3USA - NationwideUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Particular strength in the consumer finance space, advising in relation to regulatory compliance and enforcement, and handling class action litigation concerning such topics as mortgages, credit cards and auto finance. Also advises fintech companies in connection with a raft of regulatory matters, including payment systems issues and privacy matters. Highly experienced at representing clients in complex litigation filed by the CFPB, SEC and DOJ.


A client attests: "Goodwin is a top-tier law firm. They are a one-stop shop for the full package of enforcement, litigation and regulatory matters. They are solid and always at the top of my list."

"Goodwin is known for having a very strong consumer finance practice, particularly on the litigation side of consumer finance," comments another source.

Work highlights

Represented Maine Community Bancorp in the merger of Biddeford Savings Bank and Mechanic Savings Bank.

Represented Bank of America in a series of lawsuits brought by municipalities and counties alleging lending discrimination.

Notable practitioners

Head of practice Allison Schoenthal is recognized for her experience defending clients in cases involving a broad range of consumer lending legislation. Her expertise encompasses the Truth in Lending Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, among others.
"She has a great sense of when it is worth fighting to make new law and when it is worth settling. She is very cost-conscious, really great with deadlines and truly values our money and our business.""She really distinctly answers the questions that are put to her by her clients. She is also an excellent writer with a really deep understanding of the business that she represents."

Anthony Alexis maintains a well-regarded consumer finance practice, which sees him acting for a range of financial institutions in investigations, examinations and enforcement proceedings.
"He was the head of enforcement at the CFPB and, as a result, he is very knowledgeable on those matters. He knows the practices there very well." "Tony is a really impressive guy - very good, collaborative and supportive of his clients. He is especially good at knowing where the problems lie because he previously prosecuted all of it. He is an incredible resource."

Sabrina Rose-Smith routinely defends consumer lenders against major government enforcement actions. She also often advises clients on complex examinations and investigations brought by a range of state and federal regulators.
"Sabrina is really good on fair lending issues. She is a very detail-oriented and very skilled litigator, who gets the overall strategy. She is also really versatile."

Samantha Kirby is recognized for her prowess as a transactional attorney, offering clients the benefit of extensive experience in M&A matters. Her expertise encompasses routine dealings with the FDIC, OCC and a wide range of state and federal regulators.
"Samantha is a very nice and very talented attorney."

Thomas Hefferon 's civil litigation practice encompasses the defense of industry-leading clients in consumer class actions and government enforcement actions.
"Tom Hefferon is a brilliant litigator." "He is obviously a leader in the space and an incredible lawyer."

William Stern is respected for his expertise in bank regulatory matters, offering broad capabilities in issues ranging from AML compliance to capital requirements. He has additional experience counseling financial institutions on privacy and data security concerns.

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The financial industry has endured a sea of change in regulations, technological advancements and market forces. Consolidation, rising costs, revenue constraints, compliance hurdles, cyber threats, regulatory scrutiny and class actions present our clients with frequent challenges. Goodwin’s Financial Industry practice delivers an unprecedented combination of innovation, diverse perspectives and deeply rooted knowledge of the broad, global financial services industry, all in one cohesive platform. This holistic approach enables us to provide our clients with strategic and tactical advice, a range of pragmatic options and bottom-line results.

Across every financial industry segment, our goal is to minimize disruption to your business and negative impact to your bottom line. From transactional law to compliance to enforcement to litigation, more than 100 Financial Industry lawyers working from Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, and Frankfurt, offer a single point of counsel and experience across transactional, advisory, and litigation matters.

Financial Services Regulation



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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

USA - Nationwide

Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)

William E Stern
Band 4

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Enforcement & Investigations)

Anthony Alexis
Band 3
Sabrina Rose-Smith
Band 3

Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation)

Allison Schoenthal
Band 3
Thomas M Hefferon
Star Individuals

Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions M&A

Samantha Kirby
Band 3