Benjamin K. Olson, former Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is a partner in the Washington, DC office of BuckleySandler LLP. His practice includes advising clients on the following matters:
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)
Designing terms and disclosures for mortgage and credit card products and features, including home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), consistent with established regulatory requirements and testing criteria and the evolving standards for unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices (UDAAPs)
Examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions by the CFPB and other regulators, particularly with respect to loan originator compensation, RESPA, Section 8, and mortgage servicing
A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Mr. Olson is a recognized authority in the field of consumer financial protection regulation and brings valuable insights and broad experience on regulatory matters based on his work at the CFPB, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. Olson was ranked as an "Up and Coming" lawyer in Financial Services Regulation (Enforcement & Investigations), with particular emphasis on his CFPB experience. Sources praised his level-headedness -- "he doesn't panic, he's just solution-oriented."
Prior to joining BuckleySandler, Mr. Olson managed over 40 regulatory attorneys and staff in the CFPB’s Office of Regulations, which is responsible for researching and analyzing legal and policy issues, drafting proposed and final rules and providing guidance to CFPB leadership and supervision and enforcement staff regarding consumer financial protection laws. In that capacity, he oversaw eight Dodd-Frank Act mortgage rulemakings, including the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage rule, Mortgage Servicing rules and Loan Originator Compensation rule, as well as two amendments to the CARD Act rules. Prior to that, he led the CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure, or "TRID" Rule.
Before joining the CFPB in June 2011, Mr. Olson served as Counsel in the Regulations Branch of the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Consumer and Community Affairs. There, he played a leading role in the Board's development of new rules regulating the credit card industry, including the rules implementing the CARD Act. Prior to that, Mr. Olson 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 (UDAPs) and other violations of consumer financial protection laws, and at the law firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells).
Mr. Olson served as law clerk to the Honorable Emilio M. Garza on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and attended Georgetown University Law Center and Tulane University.
J.D., Georgetown University, 2001 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)
District of Columbia
Jonice Gray Tucker is a founding partner with Buckley LLP and a governing board member. Jonice specializes in work with banks, non-bank financial institutions, and other companies providing financial products and services. She works with some of the largest bank and non-bank financial institutions, emerging companies such as fintechs, and retailers whose business operations include consumer and commercial finance.
Jonice focuses a substantial portion of her practice on escalated supervision matters, investigations, and enforcement actions. She frequently serves as lead counsel in matters involving the DOJ, CFPB, HUD, FTC, and prudential banking regulators. She also represents clients in connection with matters involving state Attorneys General and other regulators such as the NYDFS, the California DBO, and state banking departments. In addition to her work before government regulators, Jonice counsels clients on compliance with laws governing financial services, conducts internal investigations, and represents clients in complex civil litigation.
Jonice is recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the category of Consumer Finance (Enforcement and Investigations) and in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Legal 500. She has received Mortgage Women Magazine’s 2021 Mortgage Star Award, MCCA’s 2018 Rainmaker Award and twice has been recognized by Savoy as one of the nation’s Most Influential Black Lawyers. Jonice is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee.
Dedicated to serving the community, Jonice is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of DC, sits on the Board of Trustees for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Ron Brown Scholars Program. Jonice attended Yale Law School.
Valerie L. Hletko, partner in the Washington, DC, office of BuckleySandler LLP, represents institutions and individual clients in complex civil litigation and class actions. She also represents clients in connection with regulatory examinations, investigations, and administrative enforcement actions initiated by the DOJ, FDIC, FRB, CFPB, HUD, and state bank regulatory agencies and state Attorneys General.
Ms. Hletko counsels clients on risk management, fair lending, loss mitigation and residential mortgage loan modification programs, and compliance with consumer financial laws, such as FCRA, ECOA, HMDA, FDCPA, RESPA, TILA, and prohibitions on unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices in Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (UDAP) and Section 1036 of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (UDAAP).
Ms. Hletko lectures and publishes on a range of subjects of interest to financial institutions, including fair and responsible banking practices, specialty finance, vendor management, and regulatory enforcement trends.
Ms. Hletko received her B.A. from Kenyon College (magna cum laude), her M.T.S. from Harvard University, and her J.D. from the University of Chicago.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Fair & Responsible Banking Government Enforcement Litigation