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Former CFPB Attorney Joins Team at Venable

A former attorney for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has joined ""Venable LLP"":http://www.venable.com/ as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced.

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Allyson Baker was among the initial team of enforcement attorneys at CFPB, helping to formulate agency policies regarding investigations and litigation in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Prior to joining the agency in 2011, Baker served as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice's Civil Tax Division, where she earned recognition as an Outstanding Attorney on three separate occasions.

She earned her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 2000 and her B.A. from Columbia University in 1995.

""Allyson brings an outstanding combination of experience in prosecution, financial investigation and trial work, working in the most forceful areas of government enforcement at the DOJ's Civil Tax Division and more recently the CFPB,"" said Geoffrey Garinther, chair of Venable's Litigation Divison. ""Being present at the creation of the CFPB and handling one of its biggest enforcement matters to date has given her a unique perspective. Allyson figures to be an invaluable addition to our litigation and enforcement groups, especially assisting financial services clients facing their most sensitive and complex matters.""

""In looking to apply my background to a private practice setting, I was looking for a firm that understood the dimensions and value of my trial experience and enforcement credentials, particularly in the consumer financial services arena, and also really understood the CFPB,"" Baker said. ""With its strong and diverse team of litigators, former financial services industry regulators, and advertising and consumer protection attorneys, Venable really fit the bill.""

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