Richard J. Andreano, Jr., a Ballard Spahr partner who is a leader of the firm’s mortgage banking practice, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.

Founded in 1996, the College recognizes attorneys who are particularly skilled and experienced in handling consumer financial services matters and are dedicated to improving and enhancing the practice of consumer financial services law and the profession. Membership is by invitation only.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Mr. Andreano, who is known for his work in financial services, mortgage banking, and consumer finance law. “I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to promote public understanding of consumer financial services law, advance the quality of the law and its practice, and grow in my own professional development.”

Mr. Andreano is the sixth attorney from Ballard Spahr to be admitted to the College, giving the firm the third-highest membership of any law firm in the country. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, he advises a wide range of settlement providers—including banks, lenders, and brokers—on regulatory compliance and transactional matters, Federal Housing Administration issues, and administration enforcement actions and investigations. He also assists clients with preparing for and handling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau examinations and with a variety of regulatory matters.

Mr. Andreano is also Editor-in-Chief of the Mortgage Finance Regulation Answer Book 2011-2012, published by the Practising Law Institute. He has spoken extensively on regulatory issues affecting the mortgage banking industry.

“Rich has achieved preeminence in the field of consumer financial services law not only through the work he’s done for clients, but also through his promotion of learning and scholarship,” said Alan S. Kaplinsky, who leads the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group and was the College’s first President. “He is highly deserving of membership in the College, and we expect that he will make substantial contributions to the organization.”

Related Practices

Consumer Financial Services
Mortgage Banking