In our inaugural episode, Troutman Pepper Consumer Financial Services Partner Chris Willis welcomes fellow CFS Partner Lori Sommerfield in a discussion on the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent guidance on website accessibility for state and local governments and for public accommodations under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A seasoned consumer financial services attorney, Lori brings more than two decades of experience in federal government, in-house, and private practice settings. She has deep expertise in fair lending and responsible banking regulatory compliance, and she counsels clients in supervisory issues, examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions. Lori is also highly experienced in advising clients on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding accessibility of physical spaces and digital platforms.

 

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Photo of Chris Willis Chris Willis

Chris is the co-leader of the Consumer Financial Services Regulatory practice at the firm. He advises financial services institutions facing state and federal government investigations and examinations, counseling them on compliance issues including UDAP/UDAAP, credit reporting, debt collection, and fair lending, and defending…

Chris is the co-leader of the Consumer Financial Services Regulatory practice at the firm. He advises financial services institutions facing state and federal government investigations and examinations, counseling them on compliance issues including UDAP/UDAAP, credit reporting, debt collection, and fair lending, and defending them in individual and class action lawsuits brought by consumers and enforcement actions brought by government agencies.

Chris also leverages insights from his litigation and enforcement experience to help clients design new products and processes, including machine learning marketing, fraud prevention and underwriting models, product structure, advertising, online application flows, underwriting, and collection and loss mitigation strategies.

Chris brings a highly practical focus to his legal advice, informed by balancing a deep understanding of the business of consumer finance and the practical priorities of federal and state regulatory agencies.

Chris speaks frequently at conferences across the country on consumer financial services law and has been featured in numerous articles in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington PostAmerican BankerNational Law JournalBNA Bloomberg, and Bank Safety and Soundness Advisor.

Photo of Lori Sommerfield Lori Sommerfield

With over two decades of consumer financial services experience in federal government, in-house, and private practice settings, and a specialty in fair lending regulatory compliance, Lori counsels clients in supervisory issues, examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions.