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Buckley announces four promotions for 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 5, 2021) – Buckley LLP today announced the promotion of three associates to counsel and one to senior counsel, effective Jan. 1. The attorneys are from the firm’s Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., offices.

“Kate, Steve, Megan, and Tom have consistently done outstanding work for our clients, and demonstrated a strong commitment to the firm,” said Benjamin B. Klubes, Buckley’s managing partner. “We appreciate their hard work and look forward to their continued growth and success.”

Buckley’s newly promoted counsel are:

Kathryn Goodman (Chicago) represents clients on compliance, enforcement, examination, and transactional matters before various state and federal regulatory agencies. In addition to advising on Federal Housing Administration compliance and risks associated with the False Claims Act, she also provides strategic advice to help private equity firms, and consumer and commercial finance companies identify and secure nationwide federal and state approvals to achieve business goals. She received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 2012, and her B.A. from Georgetown University in 2008.

Steven vonBerg (Washington, D.C.) focuses his practice on the full spectrum of federal mortgage lending laws, particularly those that have come out of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, including the Loan Originator Compensation rule, the Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage rule, the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule, and RESPA Section 8. He counsels clients on compliance with mortgage regulations and responding to regulatory examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions. Prior to law school, vonBerg worked in the mortgage industry as a loan originator. He received his J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 2013, and his B.A. from West Virginia University in 2002.

Megan Whitehill (New York) represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Her work also includes litigation matters and internal investigations. She received her J.D. from Temple University (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) in 2013, and her B.A. from Villanova University (cum laude) in 2010.

Promoted to senior counsel:

Thomas Dowell (Washington, D.C.) focuses on representing financial institutions in a wide range of government examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies. He advises on mortgage lending, mortgage servicing, credit card lending, ancillary credit products, credit reporting, payday lending, manufactured housing, and student lending. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 2008, and his B.A. from Tulane University (magna cum laude) in 2005.

With offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and London, Buckley LLP offers premier enforcement, litigation, compliance, regulatory, and transactional services to financial services institutions and early stage and leading fintech and technology companies, as well as venture capital and private equity funds, investment companies, and corporate and individual clients throughout the world. "The best at what they do in the country." (Chambers USA)