Gerald S. (Gerry) Sachs

Partner
Sachs Gerald

Gerry Sachs leverages his prior work experience with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia to work with clients to manage government investigations, regulatory compliance, supervisory examinations, and litigation.  Gerry routinely counsels payments companies and other fintech-related businesses, depository institutions, and individuals. 

Gerry is very familiar with the prohibition against unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices, the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Truth in Savings Act (TISA), the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML), and various other federal and state laws related to financial services. 

Recent matters in which Gerry has helped clients successfully navigate legal issues involve the following:

  • Civil investigations conducted by the CFPB and FTC, including the closure of an investigation by the CFPB into a small dollar lender
  • State attorneys general investigations
  • CFPB supervisory examinations
  • Risk assessments and audits for regulatory compliance with various consumer financial protection laws (EFTA, ECOA, FCRA, FDCPA, GLBA, RESPA, TILA, TISA, UDAAP/UDAP)
  • Development of policies and procedures for compliance management systems
  • Civil litigation by the FTC against companies and individuals
  • Class action litigation 
  • Criminal investigations conducted by the Department of Justice and certain United States Attorney’s Offices

Gerry played an integral role in building the CFPB's enforcement office. As senior counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, he helped formulate the Enforcement Office’s priorities for investigation and litigation. He also conducted investigations, drafted policies, assisted with supervisory examinations, and participated in undertaking internal investigations related to employment matters. 

As an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Gerry gained grand jury, mediation, and trial experience from prosecuting civil and criminal cases. He tried cases involving economic crimes and narcotics trafficking.  He also prosecuted cases involving computer hacking, asset forfeiture and money laundering, economic crimes, and the False Claims Act. In one notable case, Gerry assisted with the prosecution of a significant hack into a depository institution’s payroll card systems, in which millions of dollars were stolen. This case resulted in multiple extraditions of defendants to the United States.  He also served as a member of the Hurricane Katrina Task Force and worked with the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial, Development, Assistance, and Training to conduct its Merida high-profile initiative to train Mexican federal prosecutors, agents, and expert witnesses. 

 

Experience

Government Experience

  • Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia
  • Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Southeast Region Office
  • Senior counsel for Enforcement, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Representative Matters

  • Represented a prepaid card company regarding a platform conversion issue, CFPB investigation, settlement, and compliance. CFPB v. UniRush LLC d/b/a RushCard
  • Represented various direct marketing companies and individuals in relation to FTC investigations
  • Represented various companies and individuals in litigation with the FTC
  • Represented various financial technology companies with regulatory compliance reviews
  • Represented a financial services company in responding to a federal grand jury investigation relating to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues
  • Represented various payments companies with responding to federal grand jury subpoenas
  • Assisted various financial services companies in conducting internal investigations relating to compliance management systems and other potential issues
  • Assisted with the indictment, superseding indictments, and extradition of defendants related to an international hacking case of a payroll card company. U.S. v. Tšurikov, Pleshchuk, Horohorin et al.

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. George Washington University Law School 2004
  • B.A. George Washington University 1998

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Georgia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association

Recognition
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  • Recipient, Stephen Nye Award, Federal Trade Commission 2007 – in recognition of consistent excellent performance and dedication to the many cases since arriving at the agency and for overall outstanding work as a young attorney

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Various special juvenile immigrant status matters

Volunteerism

  • Served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, 1998 - 2000
  • Fellow, Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute, 2009 - 2010