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Sam Adriance
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5993 sadriance@cov.com Download V-card

Sam Adriance practices in the areas of financial regulation, data privacy, and cybersecurity. He assists banks, online retailers, credit reporting agencies, and fintech companies both in a wide variety of regulatory matters and also in high-stakes government investigations.

Mr. Adriance regularly advises clients on compliance with a range of consumer protection, data protection, and financial services statutes and regulations. He has particular expertise in the application of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the California Financial Information Privacy Act (S.B. 1), and various cybersecurity standards, including the Safeguards Rule. He also closely follows issues related to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, including the CFPB’s enforcement and regulatory agenda, as well as legislative and political developments involving the CFPB.

  • Regularly advise a major financial institution on data privacy and cybersecurity considerations, including in the development of new products, negotiating commercial agreements, and developing and revising policies and procedures.
  • Regularly advise major credit bureaus on compliance with the FCRA, GLBA, and California S.B. 1, including in the development of new products and partnerships, in evaluating potential corporate acquisitions, and developing policies and procedures.
  • Represent a major financial institution in an investigation of international money laundering, foreign corruption, and related issues.
  • Represent a major financial institution in a CFPB investigation, which was dropped without any formal action by the Bureau.
  • Regularly advise one of the largest online retailers on compliance with the FCRA and GLBA, including issues related to the offering of co-brand credit cards.
  • Regularly advise prominent trade associations on legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy considerations.
  • Prepare comment letter for industry trade association on the Banking Agencies’ proposed cybersecurity rule.
  • Represent a major financial institution in a complex supervisory matter before the OCC.
  • Prepare comment letter for industry trade association on the CFPB’s request for information regarding small dollar lending rules.
  • Advise data aggregator on compliance with the FCRA.
  • Advise major payment processor on the cybersecurity provisions of prospective merchant contracts.
  • Regularly advise major financial institution on data privacy concerns.
  • Regularly advise large data brokers on compliance with the FCRA.
  • Advise a major management consulting company on data privacy implications of a potential acquisition of a cyber-threat intelligence business.
  • Advise payment processor on compliance with the GLBA and California S.B. 1.
  • Advise non-bank lender on electronic signature requirements, including under the E-SIGN Act and state Uniform Electronic Transactions Acts.
  • Advise a major insurance company on compliance with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.
  • Advise a major airline on obligations with respect to identity theft victims.
  • Advise a government contractor on cybersecurity requirements under the PCI DSS.

Pro Bono

  • Represent a local community organization and individuals in a fair housing class action.
  • Represent an individual in an application for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Research and draft legal manual for victims of revenge pornography in Washington, DC.
  • Conduct vetting of possible judicial nominees for non-profit advocacy group.

Previous Experience

  • Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Legal Intern