Washington, DC (February 8, 2021) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that Allen H. Denson has joined the firm as a partner in the Financial Services Practice in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Denson develops and implements strategies for financial institutions navigating regulatory examinations, investigations, enforcement actions, litigation, or inquiries by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), federal banking regulators (OCC, FDIC, and the Federal Reserve Board), state attorneys general, and various state regulatory bodies.
Mr. Denson has significant experience representing companies that provide consumer financial services, including lenders, sales finance companies, fintechs, banks, auto dealers, and other financial services companies. He also represents clients nationwide in litigation related to federal and state consumer financial law. He previously served as a senior attorney at the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Enforcement & Compliance Division. There he handled all aspects of agency investigations, litigation, and regulatory inquiries involving both safety and soundness and consumer protection issues, against financial institutions and institution-affiliated parties. He advised bank supervision staff and senior agency officials regarding a wide range of issues arising under federal banking and consumer laws, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. He also assisted examiners in the supervision and resolution of problem banks under OCC examination.
Allyson B. Baker, chair of Venable's Financial Services Practice, said, "As a senior attorney at the OCC, Allen was responsible for enforcing banking laws that are of particular interest to our clients. He has since built an impressive practice representing financial institutions before key regulatory agencies. His experience and versatility make him the ideal fit for our practice."
Commenting on his move to Venable, Mr. Denson said, "I have known of Venable's robust financial services practice, its history, and resources for a long time. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to add my own unique talents to this group and utilize the firm's top-flight platform to expand our reach."
Mr. Denson received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2008, and his B.A. in English from the College of William & Mary in 2004.
Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and other individuals. With more than 850 professionals across the country, including in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit Venable.com.