I’m excited to announce that we’re growing our team.

Joining us today as Ballard Spahr attorneys in our D.C. office—and fellow members of our Consumer Financial Services Group—are three partners and one associate who individually and collectively have enormous expertise in representing mortgage lenders and other players in the mortgage industry.

Partners Richard J. Andreano, Jr., John D. Socknat and Michael S. Waldron will serve as Practice Leaders for Ballard Spahr’s newly created Mortgage Banking Group, adding enormous depth and strength to a practice that falls under the umbrella of the CFS Group that I lead.  Also joining us today is associate Reid F. Herlihy. Dozens of Ballard Spahr litigators and other CFS Group lawyers who have been handling mortgage-related matters for years will be joining this new practice group. These attorneys have decades of experience in the mortgage industry—advising clients, handling transactions and due diligence, defending enforcement actions and providing a full range of legal services. 

This is a win-win-win—for us, for our clients, and for our new colleagues. For those of us in the CFS Group, this feels like a perfect complement to our existing practice.

Our incoming partners will continue to have a laser focus on mortgage banking issues, including any and all such issues raised by the CFPB.  The full suite of regulatory services they offer will now be supplemented in two important ways—first, by the deep bench of mortgage and consumer financial services litigators here at Ballard Spahr and, second, by our seasoned team of regulatory and advice-based attorneys, who represent not just participants in the mortgage industry but also banks, finance companies, and others who provide a variety of consumer financial services.

I also welcome Rich Andreano as a regular contributor to our blog.

To learn more about our new colleagues, read our firm’s press release.