We are pleased to announce that Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group has once again received the highest national ranking from Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  The Group was ranked in the highest tier nationally in each of the two categories, Compliance and Litigation, used by Chambers USA for Financial Services Regulation.

Only three groups were ranked this high in each category and our CFS Group is one of only two groups to be ranked in the highest tier nationally in both categories.  Our CFS Group has been ranked in Band One every year since Chambers USA introduced a national category for consumer finance.  The rankings are largely based on client feedback and peer review.

Released last week, the Chambers USA report praised the Group’s skill in supporting clients at both the state and federal regulatory levels.  According to the report, the Group is noted for its work with banks and non-banks on the full range of consumer finance regulatory matters, including credit cards, mortgage, and auto finance issues.  Chambers USA also noted the Group’s expertise in the areas of fintech, e-commerce, and prepaid cards and its ability to provide robust representation of clients in in CFPB enforcement actions, arbitrations and litigation.

The 2020 edition quotes our clients who have said that the Group “is loaded with very astute lawyers” and has always given them “very practical advice, which is easy to digest and very acceptable to our business operation.”

Six individual lawyers from our CFS Group were recognized for excellence by Chambers USA: Alan Kaplinsky, Chris Willis, Rich Andreano, John Culhane, Mark Furletti, and Jeremy Rosenblum.  CFS Group Leader Alan Kaplinsky, who was individually ranked in Band One, was called “ the preeminent lawyer in his areas of expertise” and “widely regarded as a national expert on consumer finance issues.”  Chris Willis, leader of CFS Litigation and also individually ranked in Band One, was described as “probably the most high-powered intellect in all of financial services.”

We are proud of the work we do, and very grateful to our clients for entrusting us to help them develop new products, defend them in private litigation and against enforcement actions, and assist them in navigating the increasingly complex array of federal and state regulations.