Alan S. Kaplinsky is a senior partner and Practice Leader of the more than 100-person Consumer Financial Services Group at Ballard Spahr LLP in their 15 offices. He devotes his practice exclusively to: (i) counseling financial services companies with respect to bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law, and (ii) defending them when they are sued by consumers and governmental enforcement agencies in individual and class action lawsuits. Mr. Kaplinsky was the first president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, an organization founded in order to honor those lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the development of consumer financial services law. In April of 2016, he received the American College’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is granted periodically to a person whose career has produced significant contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. He is a past chair of the Committee on Consumer Financial Services of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association. He has been named as a tier one banking and consumer financial services lawyer in the 2006-2019 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a directory of America’s leading lawyers. He has also been named in The Best Lawyers in America under financial services regulation law and banking and finance litigation from 2007-2019. For 25 years, he has annually co-chaired for Practicing Law Institute its Annual Institute on Consumer Financial Services in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Mr. Kaplinsky was named to the National Law Journal’s 2015 list of Litigation Trailblazers for pioneering work in the area of consumer arbitration and the use of class action waivers. He was featured in the November 1, 2015 New York Times lead front page article about pioneering class action waivers in consumer arbitration provisions. In April 2019, Mr. Kaplinsky testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on “Arbitration in America.” He was instrumental in launching his Firm’s blog and podcast series, Consumer Finance Monitor, devoted to the activities of the CFPB as well as federal and state agencies and attorneys general and other significant consumer financial services developments. Mr. Kaplinsky was recently selected for his work on the Consumer Finance Monitor blog for the National Law Review’s 2018 Go-To Thought Leadership Award to honor excellence in legal news and analysis.
Leonard Chanin is Deputy to the Chairman of the FDIC. In that role, he advises the Chairman on consumer protection issues, and provides advice on FDiTech’s efforts to promote innovative and transformative technologies in the financial services sector. Prior to joining the FDIC in March 2019, Leonard was a Deputy General Counsel at Fifth Third Bank, advising the Bank on consumer financial services and related issues.
Before joining Fifth Third Bank, Leonard worked at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he counseled banks and other institutions on federal consumer financial services laws.
Leonard was the first Assistant Director of the Regulations Section at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Prior to holding that position he was Deputy Director of the Consumer Affairs Division at the Federal Reserve Board.
Leonard was the Chairman of the Truth in Lending Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (Consumer Financial Services Committee). He is Treasurer of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and also serves as a judge on the Writing Competition Awards Program.
Christopher J. Willis is an Atlanta-based partner at Ballard Spahr and The Practice Group Leader of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group. He counsels financial institutions on consumer financial regulatory matters, advises them on compliance with consumer financial services laws, and defends them in both individual and class action lawsuits, as well as governmental enforcement actions (including numerous CFPB enforcement investigations). Chris chairs the firm's Fair Lending and Collection Documentation Task Forces. Chris is a frequent author and speaker on issues relating to consumer financial services.