Alston & Bird LLP
Brian Johnson is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group and the Consumer Financial Services Team.
Before joining the firm, Brian served as deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he was responsible for policy development, strategic planning, and execution of the CFPB’s statutory supervision, examination, enforcement, rulemaking, and research activities. He conceived and led the creation of high-profile agency initiatives, including the Office of Innovation, Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law, call for evidence RFI series, policy symposia series, and Start Small, Save Up emergency savings program.
Brian held various positions on Capitol Hill, including policy director and chief financial institutions counsel on the House Committee on Financial Services, where his portfolio covered consumer protection and credit, mortgage origination, credit reporting, banking, and data security. His efforts on the committee involved drafting legislation to provide regulatory relief to bank, credit union, and nondepository financial institutions, as well as conducting oversight of the activities of the CFPB, Financial Stability Oversight Council, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Financial Research, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve System, and National Credit Union Administration.
Tony Alexis is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practices and serves as the head of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Enforcement practice.
Mr. Alexis’ practice focuses on representing financial services institutions and litigation matters, with a focus on class action litigation and government and regulatory investigations. Prior to joining Goodwin in 2017, Mr. Alexis served as Assistant Director and Head of the Office of Enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he developed and managed the CFPB’s enforcement strategy, consumer financial investigations and litigation. He coordinated strategy, investigations and litigation in areas such as fair lending, payday/short-term loans, mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, credit cards, credit reporting, debt collection, student and automobile lending, and payments systems with leaders of the enforcement and regulation departments at the Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, state attorneys general, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), the California Department of Business Oversight and the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). Mr. Alexis also served as a member of the CFPB’s Executive Committee and its Civil Penalty Fund Governance Board. He joined the CFPB as the Deputy Enforcement Director for Field Litigation, and was responsible for enforcement work conducted by the CFPB’s regional offices.
Prior to joining the CFPB, Mr. Alexis was a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of an International law firm, where his practice focused on representing individuals and business organizations in government investigations and complex litigation. Previously, Mr. Alexis served for nearly two decades at the Department of Justice, including more than ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cases as the senior attorney in the Fraud & Public Corruption Section and as the Deputy Chief of the Federal Major Crimes Section.
C. Hunter Wiggins
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
C. Hunter Wiggins is General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He is the former Principal Deputy Enforcement Director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a former Deputy Assistant Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission, with extensive experience conducting internal investigations and defending both companies and individuals in complex government investigations and private litigation involving consumer finance and securities laws. Hunter also served as in-house attorney at a Fortune 500 healthcare company and as a partner in two global law firms. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Iowa, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.