Alan S. Kaplinsky is a senior partner and Practice Leader of the more than 110-person Consumer Financial Services Group at Ballard Spahr LLP which was recently named by Law 360 a Banking Law Practice Group of the year. He devotes his practice exclusively to: (i) counseling financial services companies with respect to bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law, and (ii) defending them when they are sued by consumers and governmental enforcement agencies in individual and class action lawsuits. Alan was the first president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, an organization founded in order to honor those lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the development of consumer financial services law. In April of 2016, he received the American College’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a past chair of the Committee on Consumer Financial Services of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association. He has been named as a tier one banking and consumer financial services lawyer in the 2006-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a directory of America’s leading lawyers. In 2015, Alan was named as a “Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal because of his pioneering work related to consumer arbitration provisions. For 24 years, he has annually co-chaired for Practicing Law Institute its Annual Institute on Consumer Financial Services in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. His group recently received the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards from JD Supra, including the Top Firm Award in Banking and Finance. Alan earned Top Author honors in Banking and Finance and was ranked #1 in Class Actions. He was recently awarded the National Law Review’s “Go-To Thought Leadership Award in Consumer Finance” for his work on the Firm’s Consumer Finance Monitor blog which Alan launched in 2011. Alan recently launched a companion podcast series known as Consumer Finance Monitor.