The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Expansion Into Consumer Financial Protection: The Rise of the "Mini CFPB"

Jones Day Pittsburgh
500 Grant Street, Suite 4500
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219-2514

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Registration
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Presentation
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Reception

The Pennsylvania Attorney General lays out his office's expansion into consumer financial protection with a new unit, labeled by some observers as a "mini CFPB." What are the implications of this new initiative, and what will the legal battles be?

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Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General

Josh Shapiro serves as Pennsylvania's Attorney General to combat crime, uphold individual rights, and protect consumers. He is the sixth person elected to the office and was sworn in on January 17, 2017, as the Commonwealth's top lawyer and chief law enforcement officer. Some of his top priorities include protecting seniors, veterans, small businesses, and consumers from scams and fraud; implementing a comprehensive integrity agenda to ensure people from across the Commonwealth are heard and have faith in the justice system; and directing an aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic, including treatment for those suffering from addiction.

Nicholas Smyth, Senior Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Director for Consumer Financial Protection, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

Nicholas Smyth is a Senior Deputy Attorney General and the Assistant Director for Consumer Financial Protection at the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG). He manages the OAG's work in such areas as student lending, mortgages, auto finance, payday lending, debt collection, credit reporting, debt settlement, and financial scams. Prior to joining the OAG, Mr. Smyth spent four years as an Enforcement Attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Most recently, he was Senior Counsel at an auto leasing company and a Senior Associate at Reed Smith.

Antonio F. (Tony) Dias, partner, Jones Day (Washington)

Tony Dias creates and implements strategic legal responses to high-profile and novel legal matters involving financial institutions, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, consumer products and services, corporate conduct, and educational institutions. He defends companies facing federal government and state attorneys general investigations, federal and state legislative investigations and hearings, regulatory challenges, and complex litigation. He also counsels those companies in responding to intense media scrutiny.

Lisa M. Ledbetter, partner, Jones Day (Washington)

Lisa Ledbetter advises domestic and international financial institutions in navigating complex and novel regulatory, transactional, and enforcement challenges. She provides strategic advice on commercial and retail bank regulation and financial technology. Ms. Ledbetter counsels financial institutions and non-bank companies on new business models, products, and services. She represents several financial services trade associations, assisting with public positions and comments on domestic and international issues.

Courtney Lyons Snyder, associate, Jones Day (Pittsburgh)

Courtney Lyons Snyder focuses her practice on representing financial institutions, most recently in connection with disputes arising out of residential mortgage-backed securities, including RMBS trustee, master servicer, and servicer litigation. She also defends companies facing federal government and state attorneys general investigations; federal and state legislative investigations and hearings; and regulatory, enforcement, and compliance matters involving federal and state agencies.


This program has been approved for 1.00 hour of general credit by the Pennsylvania CLE Board. This program has also been approved for 1.00 hour of general credit by the State Bar of California and 1.00 hour of areas of professional practice credit (including transitional credit) by the New York State CLE Board. Jones Day is a Pennsylvania CLE Board accredited provider, a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider, and an accredited provider in New York. Application for CLE credit in other states will be made as needed.

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