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September 21, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 21, 2015 - The American Bar Association’s Business Law Section has appointed Covington’s Andrew Smith, a Washington, D.C.-based partner, to a three-year term as chair of its Consumer Financial Services Committee.
Mr. Smith advises clients on retail financial services, credit reporting, privacy, technology and e-commerce issues, including prohibitions against unfair, deceptive and abusive trade practices. He assists banks, non-banks, credit bureaus, and technology companies with regulatory compliance and transactional matters. He also represents clients before federal and state agencies—particularly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission (FTC)—in law enforcement and rulemaking proceedings.
Prior to entering private practice ten years ago, Mr. Smith served in senior supervisory and policy-making positions at the FTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission. At the FTC, he led a team of 45 professionals to develop and draft ten rules and six studies under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 ("FACT Act").
The Consumer Financial Services Committee provides educational and networking opportunities to its 1400 members, assists them in serving their clients ethically and competently, and furthering the development and improvement of business law.