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Maria B. Earley

Maria B. Earley

Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC, USA

MARIA EARLEY has extensive experience with federal consumer financial laws and their implementing regulations. She is a former enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with wide-ranging knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. Maria has handled numerous matters involving federal and state regulators, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and several state Attorneys General.

During her tenure at the CFPB, Maria led a number of enforcement matters involving a variety of federal consumer financial laws and emerging legal theories regarding the scope and application of the CFPB’s Unfair, Deceptive and Abusive Acts and Practices authority. She also worked on several financial institution examinations, set enforcement priorities for mortgage origination matters and participated in the CFPB’s mortgage rulemaking process.

Prior to joining the CFPB, Maria was an associate at a national law firm, where she specialized in complex civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the defense of financial institutions in the consumer financial services industry.

Maria is a former law clerk to the Honorable Raymond Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She earned her J.D. from George Washington University Law School where she was an Editor of the George Washington University Law Review and she received her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University.

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