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In an article on June 10, 2013, The National Law Journal noted that there is high demand among law firms for attorneys who have held influential positions in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and highlighted Allyson Baker’s move to Venable from the CFPB as evidence of that demand.

Baker joined the firm’s Litigation Group in May 2013 as partner in its Washington, DC office from the CFPB where she served as one of the initial enforcement lawyers at the agency. Notably, she was lead counsel in the CFPB’s deceptive-marketing case against Discover Bank, which settled for $214 million. Baker said one of the reasons she came to Venable was for its “really well-regarded group of financial services attorneys.”

Venable litigation chairman Geoff Garinther described Baker as a “real trial lawyer” and said “we feel fortunate to have her here because, increasingly, clients need a litigator's perspective at the beginning of an investigation.”