Sidley Austin LLP has added Maria Earley to its banking and financial services practice as counsel. Earley joins the firm from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she was with the Office of Enforcement.
At the CFPB, Earley led enforcement matters involving a variety of federal consumer financial laws, including the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act.
In her time at the CFPB, Earley also worked on developing emerging legal theories regarding the scope and application of the CFPB’s Unfair, Deceptive and Abusive Acts and Practices authority in connection with payday lending, auto finance, add-on products and appraisal independence.
Earley had been with the CFPB since 2011. “Earley’s extensive experience in both the private and public sectors provides her with important perspectives for representing clients facing enforcement or compliance matters with respect to the CFPB and other regulatory agencies,” Sidley Austin said in a statement.