Ballard Spahr's Peter N. Cubita and Christopher J. Willis—two of the leading consumer financial services attorneys in the United States—have been selected to receive a 2016 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from The Burton Awards. They are being honored for “Auto Finance and Disparate Impact: Substantive Lessons Learned from Class Certification Decisions,” an article published in the May 1, 2015, edition of the Consumer Financial Services Law Report.

The Burton Awards is a national program, run in association with the Library of Congress and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association, honoring excellence in legal writing. The 2016 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards for law firm writing are being given to partners and counsel at 35 law firms. These writers were selected from nominations submitted by attorneys in many of the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms.

“We are extremely proud that Peter and Chris have been selected for this honor. Their talent for explaining complex, nuanced subjects in a clear, concise, and illuminating manner is apparent to those who have the pleasure of working with them,” said Alan S. Kaplinsky, practice leader of Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Group. “Knowing Peter and Chris as well as I do, it does not surprise me that their article was selected as one of the nation’s 35 best law firm articles published in the last year. Our Group has a tradition of writing in an insightful and illuminating manner about significant industry issues, developments, and trends. This article continues that tradition.”

The 17th annual Burton Awards ceremony will be held at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on May 23. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be the featured speaker, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will memorialize Justice Antonin Scalia during the program.

“Being selected to receive a Burton Award for excellence in legal writing is a great honor,” said Mr. Cubita.

“The issue we wrote about is of special interest to people in our industry because of aggressive enforcement actions from the government. We’re happy to contribute to the dialogue,” said Mr. Willis, who leads Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group.

This is the second Burton Award for Mr. Cubita. He received the Burton Award for Legal Achievement in 2007 for “The ECOA Discrimination Proscription and Disparate Impact – Interpreting the Meaning of the Words that Actually Are There,” which appeared in the February 2006 edition of The Business Lawyer. Mr. Cubita is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and a member of the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law.

Mr. Willis is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business with a national ranking for consumer finance litigation in 2014-2015.