Overview

Jeff Langer advises clients on the legal and regulatory issues affecting the consumer financial services sector. He is a nationally recognized authority on legal matters related to consumer financial services, banking regulation, and the privacy and security of financial information. In more than 30 years in the industry, he has served as a public policy leader, as senior in-house counsel for a national retailer, and as a founding partner of a boutique consumer financial services and banking firm.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

An assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from 2014 to 2016, Jeff worked in conjunction with trade associations, industry representatives, consumer advocates and other state and federal agencies to identify and address consumer protection priorities, with a particular emphasis on auto, student, marketplace and other installment lending markets, as well as debt collection, debt settlement and credit counseling markets. His hands-on experience with the CFPB is an asset for clients seeking to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state consumer financial laws. Jeff establishes compliance management programs for nationwide, multi-state or statewide consumer lending and prepaid card and other payment product or system operations. He also serves as a liaison between clients and regulators through meetings, position papers, and other efforts to influence regulatory proposals to advance client interests.

In-House Counsel Experience

As senior counsel for a major retailer, Jeff worked alongside clients to establish business objectives and compliance management programs for bank credit card and gift/prepaid card operations. He was responsible for debt collection; fair lending; credit reporting disputes and fraud; electronic fund transfer; financial privacy and data security; bank and holding company regulation and governance; anti-money laundering; loyalty and cause marketing; and debt cancellation matters. In addition, he provided substantive and strategic guidance on consumer finance litigation to in-house litigators.

Personal Interests

Jeff is passionate about history, public policy, Chicago professional sports (the Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks), and U.S. and international soccer (Manchester United and Real Madrid fan).

Not admitted in D.C. Admitted in Illinois and Ohio. Practicing in the District under supervision of Partners in the Firm under D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49(c)(8) while D.C. Bar application pending.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois
Ohio
Not admitted to practice in D.C.

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Education

Northwestern University School of Law
J.D. Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business (notes and comments editor) (1980)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A.B. History, summa cum laude with Highest Distinction (1977)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Update on the CFPB: Powers, Agenda and Outlook for 2017 and Beyond
    Panelist, Conference on Consumer Finance Law's Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2017
  • Scope of CFPB’s Authority
    Panelist, Conference on Consumer Finance Law's Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2016
  • CFPB's Views on Marketplace Lending
    LendIt USA Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 2016
  • What's Happening at the CFPB: Auto Finance, Student Lending and Debt Collection Developments
    PLI Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, New York, NY, February 2016
  • In-House Counsel Roundtable
    Panelist, American Conference Institute Consumer Financial Services Litigation Conference, New York, NY, April 2015 and Chicago, IL, October 2014

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association Business Law Section Committee on Consumer Financial Services — Chair, 2003-06
  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers — President, 2017-19; Founding Fellow, 1996
  • Conference on Consumer Finance Law — Governing Committee Member
  • Consumer Bankers Association Lawyers Committee — Member, 1995-2010, 2017-present

Civic Activities

  • Temple Israel, Columbus, OH — Former Member, Board of Trustees; Former President, Brotherhood (Men's Club); Member, Rabbinical Search Committees, 2003-04 and 1995-96

Honors

  • Top Compliance Counsel Award — First Chair, 2011
  • Illinois Super Lawyers — Banking Law, 2010
  • Ohio Super Lawyers — Banking Law, 2008
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section — Outstanding Contributions to Section, 2006
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