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Kristopher R. Knabe is Counsel in the Chicago office of Buckley LLP. Mr. Knabe represents institutions in a wide range of litigation matters, including government enforcement actions, class action litigation, regulatory examinations, and internal investigations.

Mr. Knabe has represented clients in matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB); the Department of Justice (DOJ); federal and state bank regulators; the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and state attorneys general. He advises on compliance with various federal and state banking and consumer finance statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Fair Housing Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), unfair or deceptive acts or practices (UDAP), unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and various state laws. He also has extensive experience managing complex discovery and production issues.

In recent years, Mr. Knabe has:

  • Advised institutions on managing regulatory examinations and responding to reports of examination, including examinations involving the CFPB
  • Developed responses to CFPB pre-enforcement and enforcement matters, including advising on and responding to Proposed Action and Request for Response (PARR) and Notice and Opportunity to Respond and Advise (NORA) letters
  • Conducted compliance and risk assessments for financial institutions, including with respect to entities offering mortgages and personal loans
  • Advised clients on the implementation of major regulatory changes, including the CFPB’s Mortgage Servicing rules
  • Defended institutions in multi-agency and multistate investigation and examination matters, including with various state regulators and state attorneys general, and other federal agencies
  • Defended institutions in numerous CFPB enforcement matters, including investigation of mortgage servicing practices

Mr. Knabe received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his B.A. from the George Washington University. During law school, he was a judicial extern for the Honorable Blanche Manning in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Editor-at-Large for the Loyola Law Journal.

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  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago, 2011
  • B.A., George Washington University, 2004


  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

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