WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 21, 2014) - BuckleySandler LLP, a leading national financial services and criminal & civil enforcement defense law firm, takes pleasure in announcing today the election of Benjamin K. Olson, Amanda M. Raines and Lauren R. Randell, all resident in the firm's Washington, DC office, to the firm's partnership, effective May 1, 2014.
"We are delighted to welcome Amanda, Ben and Laurie to the partnership," said firm Chairman and Executive Partner, Andrew L. Sandler. "Amanda and Laurie have spent their careers working on some of the most significant enforcement, litigation and trial matters at our firm with our senior partners, doing outstanding work for firm clients and demonstrating their commitment to the development of a strong collaborative firm culture. Ben joined us only last year from the CFPB and has quickly become a critical member of our team and an invaluable source of advice to our clients."
Sandler added, "Amanda, Laurie and Ben join an extremely talented group of recently promoted partners that will ensure that BuckleySandler continues to provide high expertise and outstanding client service for many years to come."
BuckleySandler's newly elected Partners:
Benjamin K. Olson represents financial services institutions in matters involving compliance with CFPB mortgage and credit card regulations, particularly the rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Act and CARD Act amendments to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). He also assists clients in preparing for and complying with regulatory changes, including the CFPB's integrated TILA and RESPA mortgage disclosures, designing terms and disclosures for mortgage and credit card products, and conducting regulatory due diligence for potential mergers and acquisitions transactions. Prior to joining BuckleySandler, Olson was the Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Regulations at the CFPB where he played a principal role in the development and issuance of mortgage industry rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. He also served as counsel for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve where he played a leading role in the development of new rules governing the credit card industry. Prior to that, he worked in the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Financial Practices where he investigated and prepared enforcement actions against financial service providers for unfair and deceptive practices and other violations of consumer financial protection laws. Olson received his J.D. from Georgetown University in 2001 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) and B.A. from Tulane University in 1997 (cum laude).
Amanda M. Raines represents financial institutions in a wide variety of matters, including federal and state enforcement agency investigations and litigation, private civil and class action litigation, regulatory examinations, and corporate internal investigations. She has represented clients in matters involving the Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal and state bank regulators, and state attorneys general, as well as in cases involving unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices, securities fraud, tax fraud, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Civil Rights Act, and unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes. In addition, Raines counsels clients on risk management strategies and compliance with various federal and state laws and regulations affecting the financial services industry. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) in 2003 and B.A. from Rhodes College in 2000.
Lauren R. Randell represents individual and corporate clients in civil and criminal enforcement cases and trials, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), white collar criminal defense matters, criminal antitrust, securities enforcement defense, securities class action litigation, environmental criminal defense, and consumer litigation. Randell currently represents a defendant in a landmark FCPA case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, scheduled for trial in July 2014. In 2011-2012, Randell represented a defendant at trial in the FCPA Sting case, the largest FCPA criminal enforcement proceeding against individuals ever brought by the Department of Justice, successfully obtaining a hung jury mistrial and the later dismissal of all charges by the DOJ. Randell has been involved in several other FCPA investigations and related representations, as well as numerous other representations of companies and individuals in criminal and civil cases. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005 and B.S. from Yale University in 2002.
With more than 150 lawyers in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, BuckleySandler provides best-in-class legal counsel to meet the challenges of its financial services industry and other corporate and individual clients across the full-range of government enforcement actions, complex and class action litigation and transactional, regulatory and public policy issues. The Firm represents many of the nation's leading financial services institutions. Online: www.buckleysandler.com; Twitter: https://twitter.com/BuckleySandler; InfoBytes Blog: http://www.infobytesblog.com.