While the Securities and Exchange Commission has been busy since the inception of their new whistleblower rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has also created whistleblower provisions that affect every company who is a covered entity under the new agency. What are the CFPB's new whistleblower provisions, what potential threats do they pose to your company and what steps should you be taking now to avoid trouble down the road? Join us for this important Webinar on August 23 and learn what you should be doing to protect yourself from internal risks.
The Webinar is Part Two in Dodd Frank Update's 2012 Dodd-Frank Webinar Series. Featured speakers Richard Andreano, Jr. and Christopher Willis, of Ballard Spahr, will educate attendees on the CFPB's new whistleblower provisions and what steps companies should be taking in this post Dodd-Frank era. Also invited, is an attorney from the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, D.C., to discuss the current state of whistleblower cases and the impact of the regulations and provisions under Dodd-Frank.
Attendees will learn:
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's approach to whistleblowers;
- Practical steps companies should be taking to limit their risk;
- Qui tam background; and
- How companies have responded to whistleblower rules/provisions post Dodd-Frank.
The Webinar will also include a question and answer session led by Dodd Frank Update Editor Nathan Marinchick. And participants will have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions directly through the Webinar platform.
Being a whistleblower post Dodd-Frank carries a different meaning than someone taking on that role before the Dodd-Frank Act was enacted. Don't be taken by surprise. Tune into this important instructional Webinar and learn about the CFPB's new provisions.
Richard J. Andreano, Jr.
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Richard J. Andreano, Jr., is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP in the Business and Finance Department, practice leader of the Mortgage Banking Group, and a member of the Consumer Financial Services and Privacy and Data Security Groups. He has devoted more than 25 years of practice to financial services, mortgage banking and consumer finance law. Rich advises lenders, servicers, brokers, homebuilders, title companies, real estate professionals and other settlement providers on regulatory compliance and related matters, including issues concerning the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Fair Housing Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act (including FACTA), Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
He assists clients with a variety of regulatory issues, including issues relating to the foreclosure crisis and related regulatory review of foreclosure and servicing practices, repayment ability/qualified mortgages, loan originator compensation, integrated disclosures, fair lending, affiliated business and service arrangements, and marketing and similar arrangements. Rich is editor-in-chief of "Mortgage Finance Regulation Answer Book 2011-2012," published by the Practising Law Institute; author of its chapters on Dodd-Frank, HMDA and RESPA; and co-author of its ECOA and TILA chapters. He received his law degree with honors from George Washington University Law School and a bachelor's degree with honors from State University of New York at Oneonta.
Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Christopher J. Willis is a partner at Ballard Spahr in the Litigation Department and chair of the Collection Documentation Task Force. He is also a member of the Consumer Financial Services, Mortgage Banking and Commercial Litigation Groups. Christopher's practice focuses on consumer financial services and financial institutions law. He counsels financial institutions on bank regulatory matters, advises them on compliance with consumer financial services laws, and defends them in both individual and class action lawsuits.
Christopher regularly speaks at national-level seminars on topics relating to consumer financial services litigation, such as unfair and deceptive trade practices litigation, the Truth in Lending Act and mortgage lending litigation. He is author and co-author to numerous articles and was Benchmark Litigation's litigation star in Georgia in 2010. He received his law degree summa cum laude at Samford University, Cumberland School of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Stephen M. Kohn
Executive Director, National Whistleblowers Center, Washington, D.C.
Stephen M. Kohn, Esq. is one of the nation's leading advocates for corporate whistleblowers and the author of "The Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself" (Lyons Press, 2011). The Handbook is the first published guide to the whistleblower reward laws in the Dodd-Frank Act.
Stephen's record of winning whistleblower cases, at trial and on appeal, dates back to 1984. Many of his court victories have become landmark precedents in modern workplace law, establishing the employee's right to free speech under the First Amendment and obtain rewards under qui tam laws. A respected scholar as well as a litigator, he has testified in Congress numerous times on behalf of whistleblowers and worked with Congressional committees helping to draft the whistleblower protection provisions under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.
From 1984 to 1988, Stephen served as clinical director of the groundbreaking whistleblower rights clinic at the Antioch School of Law and the director of Corporate Litigation at the Government Accountability Project. He is the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblowing, "Protecting Environmental and Nuclear Whistleblowers: A Litigation Manual" (NIRS, 1985), and six other books on whistleblower law. After the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, on behalf of the National Whistleblowers Center, Stephen filed extensive comments before the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning the SEC's proposed whistleblower rules. He also met with each individual commissioner. As a result, many of the proposals submitted by the National Whistleblowers Center were adopted by the SEC.
A member of the bar in the District of Columbia, Stephen is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous other federal courts. He received his J.D from Northeastern University, an M.A. in social education from Brown University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University.
Editor, Dodd Frank Update
Nathan Marinchick is editor of Dodd Frank Update, which was launched in early 2011 to provide daily updates on the avalanche of regulations, opinion papers, Congressional hearings and case law that has emerged in the wake of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010.
A veteran journalist, Marinchick spent nearly a decade as a reporter and anchor in the Cleveland, Ohio, radio news market before joining October Research in March 2011. His reporting spanned government, industry and pop culture.
Marinchick has a communications degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.