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Overview

After an in-house career in the consumer finance world, Maureen helps banks and other lenders stay in line with regulations.

Maureen accepted a compliance role with CUNA Mutual Group after law school and quickly discovered that she thrived on the intricacies of consumer finance regulations. Always a voracious reader, she loved absorbing massive amounts of information until she knew the rules backwards and forwards and then providing appropriate guidance to internal clients. Maureen advised cross-functional leaders and departments on business risks; conducted research on emerging issues, assessed risk to lines of business, and provided recommendations; and analyzed consumer finance statutes and regulations, including Regulations B, X and Z.

Maureen later moved to U.S. Bank, where she eventually rose to the role of senior corporate counsel for consumer and small business, providing legal advice on all aspects of applicable federal and state laws for consumer unsecured lending products and small business lending products. Prior roles at the bank had included a focus on ECOA and UDAAP emerging risks, as well as support for a variety of bank products and processes.

At Husch Blackwell, Maureen supports a variety of banking and finance clients and is passionate about helping them ensure that they do the right thing for their customers. Much of her counsel focuses on fair lending and responsible banking, with particular consideration of Regulation B and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and UDAAP. In addition, she provides support for the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and Regulation E of the Electronic Fund Transfers Act.

Maureen’s background in-house means that it is second nature for her to interweave legal advice with business concerns, and she keeps clients’ business situations front and center. It also means that she has a gift for building long-term relationships and seeing clients as business partners. Known for her clear communication, Maureen has a reputation for working hand in hand with clients to protect both their businesses and their customers.


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Education

  • J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Admissions

  • Minnesota


*Maureen works remotely and is licensed in Minnesota, practicing in Minneapolis. Contact Maureen via email or phone for in-person/virtual meetings. Use the Madison address for mail/deliveries.
Experience

As in-house counsel:

  • Conducted research, drafted memos and provided advice on applicable federal and state law topics to minimize legal risk.
  • Collaborated with second line of defense and legal partners on matters, as applicable, to support bank strategies and initiatives.
  • Analyzed industry developments for ECOA and UDAAP emerging risks.
  • Conducted reviews of business line materials to identify FaRB risks; recommended controls and collaborated with business line partners for root cause identification and risk mitigation activities.
  • Analyzed and summarized for senior management consumer finance statutes and regulations, including Regulations B, X and Z, to determine impact.
  • Advised cross-functional leaders and departments on business risks; created and implemented policies and processes to support business objectives and strategies.
Outside the Office

Maureen’s two favorite pastimes are reading and golf—although the former is easier to do during a Minnesota winter than the latter.

She also enjoys baking, playing games with her family and spending time with her two elementary-aged sons. The family also has a Golden Retriever named Dublin.

Maureen has long been a devotee of the winter sport of curling and won a silver medal at the 2005 world championships and gold and silver at the 2002 and 2003 world junior championships, respectively. She was also part of Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Although Maureen has formally retired from the sport, she continues to enjoy curling recreationally and has especially enjoyed helping her sons discover it.

Community Leadership
  • United States Curling Association, Board of Directors, Judicial Committee Chair

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