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Amanda R. Lawrence represents clients in a wide range of litigation, enforcement, and regulatory matters. As a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Buckley LLP, Ms. Lawrence assists clients in managing cybersecurity, privacy, information security, and vendor risks. She counsels clients on compliance with privacy and data security laws and standards, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and Regulation P, the Safeguards Rule, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). She also regularly assists companies with evaluating and addressing potential data security incidents, including drafting consumer and regulator notifications.

Ms. Lawrence also represents financial services clients in mortgage loan repurchase and indemnification claims related to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and consumer cases, both individual and class actions, arising under federal and state consumer protection statutes. She regularly represents clients in matters before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), federal and state bank regulators, and state attorneys general.

Ms. Lawrence’s recent privacy and data security experience includes:

  • Assisting multiple clients, including financial and non-financial institutions, in designing and implementing CCPA compliance programs, including advising on GLBA and FCRA exemptions
     
  • Drafting privacy and data security policies and procedures
     
  • Assisting clients with addressing data security incidents, including oversight of forensic investigations, consumer notifications, and remedial steps following incidents
     
  • Advising fintech companies on the application of privacy and security safeguards

Ms. Lawrence’s recent litigation and enforcement representations include:

  • Defending multiple sellers in indemnification lawsuits brought by Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., alleging that purported defects in mortgage loans led to claims by RMBS trustees and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
     
  • Defending multiple correspondent lenders in lawsuits brought by the ResCap Liquidating Trust, a liquidating trust of a bankrupt securitizer alleging breach of contract and indemnification based on purported defects in mortgage loans securitized into private RMBS
     
  • Defending a student loan trust securitizer and its subsidiaries in a putative state class action alleging federal and state Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violations and unfair trade practices
     
  • Acting as national litigation counsel for a home mortgage loan servicer and its subsidiaries in connection with more than 30 cease and desist orders from state banking commissioners
     
  • Representing a large bank in one of the CFPB’s first enforcement actions — a joint investigation and enforcement action with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), alleging deceptive sales practices in connection with add-on products
     
  • Several CFPB examinations and investigations, including examinations and investigations related to add-on products, student loan servicing, and lending by nonbank institutions

Ms. Lawrence is a frequent author and lecturer on litigation and compliance issues in financial services, including privacy, cybersecurity, and data breach, mortgage origination enforcement and litigation, RMBS, class actions, and FTC and other regulator priorities. 

Ms. Lawrence is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and has an active pro bono practice. She is a member of Law360’s Banking Editorial Advisory Board, a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, a co-chair of the banking and lender liability committee within the ABA Litigation Section, and the former chair of the Women Litigator’s Committee of the D.C. Bar. Prior to joining Buckley, Ms. Lawrence was an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University and her B.A. from Rhodes College.

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers 2016: Banking, Class Action/Mass Torts, Consumer Law
  • Super Lawyers 2015: Banking, Class Action/Mass Torts, Consumer Law
  • Super Lawyers 2014 Rising Star: Banking, Class Action/Mass Torts, Consumer Law

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2003 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) 
  • B.A., Rhodes College, 2000

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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