Aaron Mahler has established himself as a valued counselor for financial services companies and individuals navigating government enforcement, litigation, and regulatory matters. A Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Buckley Sandler LLP, he focuses much of his practice on representing bank and nonbank financial institutions in government examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions.
Mr. Mahler regularly counsels clients on issues dealing with intersecting business and compliance considerations, where he develops practical solutions to defend clients against regulatory investigations and actions, including those involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), state attorneys general, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Reserve, as well as in cases involving unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices (UDAAP), the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).
Mr. Mahler’s work includes the representation of:
- Numerous banks and nonbanks in CFPB examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions relating to business lines which include mortgage origination and servicing, student lending and servicing, deposit products, and auto finance
- A large lender, with numerous affiliates performing related services, in parallel investigations by several federal government agencies and a large group of state attorneys general
- Large national bank in a CFPB investigation regarding compliance with the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E
- Several banks and nonbanks in fair lending investigations initiated by the DOJ, FDIC, and CFPB
- Former directors and officers with respect to regulatory proceedings and litigation involving troubled and failed financial institutions
- Participants in the student loan industry in investigations initiated by the CFPB, including matters closed without further action
- Bankruptcy trustees in special investigations and disputes with the FDIC over the ownership of certain assets, including tax refunds
Before joining Buckley Sandler, Mr. Mahler clerked for the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for the Honorable Daniel A. Barker of the Arizona State Court of Appeals. He was also an Associate with Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Mahler received his J.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from Brigham Young University.
ABA Consumer Financial Services (CFS) Winter Meeting: Disparate Impact: The Aftermath of Inclusive Communities and the Road Ahead
Aaron Mahler and Jonice Gray Tucker discussed "Disparate Impact: The Aftermath of Inclusive Communities and the Road Ahead" at the ABA Consumer Financial Services (CFS) Winter Meeting in Carlsbad, CA on Sunday, January 15, 2017.Speaking Engagement
Buckley Sandler Webcast: All I Needed to Know I Learned from the Government - A Look at Lending to Student Borrowers
Is student lending the next mortgage crisis? Some regulators view the $1 trillion student loan market as the next area for financial reform. From student banking products to education finance, the focus of the nation has turned to matters related to financial products and services offered to...Webcast
National Business Institute Webinar: Student Loan Compliance - The Latest CFPB Rules and Regulations
Aaron Mahler, Antonio Reynolds, and Sasha Leonhardt spoke on the National Business Institute webinar, “Student Loan Compliance: The Latest CFPB Rules and Regulations,” on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET. Click here to learn more about this event...Speaking Engagement
Aaron Mahler, Jeffrey Naimon, and Jonice Gray Tucker spoke at the Buckley Sandler CFPB Today 2015 conference on Monday, October 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Their panel was titled “Student Lending.”Speaking Engagement
Aaron Mahler, John Redding, and Walter Zalenski spoke at the Buckley Sandler CFPB Today 2015 conference on Monday, October 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Their panel was titled “Debt Collection.”Speaking Engagement
Buckley Sandler LLP hosted its second annual CFPB Today conference in Washington, DC October 25-26, 2015. The two-day event featured an evening of interactive roundtable discussions on CFPB trends, followed by a full day of seminars and breakout sessions. The roundtables and seminars were led by...Press Releases
New partners Melissa Klimkiewicz, Jon David D. Langlois, Aaron Mahler, Adam Miller, and Ross Morrison were noted in Law360's article, "Law360 Names Attorneys Who Moved Up the Firm Ranks in Q2," on July 10, 2015. Click here to view the article at www.law360.com (subscription required).In The News
WASHINGTON, DC (May 26, 2015) – Buckley Sandler LLP, a leading financial services and litigation & enforcement law firm, has promoted Melissa Klimkiewicz , Jon David D. Langlois , Aaron C. Mahler , Adam Miller and Ross E. Morrison to its partnership, effective May 1, 2015. “Our new partners...Press Releases
"Finding the purpose in bureau civil investigative demands" by Aaron C. Mahler and Daniel Cheriyan (Bloomberg BNA)
“Why me?” It’s a common refrain whenever something bad happens. It’s also one of the first questions companies ask when finding themselves on the receiving end of a civil investigative demand from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The logical place to look should be the notification of...Articles
From presidential town halls to the local college dining hall, issues related to student lending have become the talk of the nation. According to recent estimates, over 41 million Americans owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, second only to mortgage loan debt. A quarter of these...Articles
In 2015, the CFPB further expanded its reach into debt collection through a number of enforcement actions. The CFPB also continues to conduct research on a potential rulemaking regarding debt collection activities, which may address information accuracy concerns involving debt sales and other...Articles
Questions about the scope of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's jurisdiction abound for financial institutions and other entities that work with them. What are the boundaries of the CFPB’s authority? How might these parameters expand in the future? Are there other ways the CFPB may take...Articles
- J.D., University of Virginia, 2006 (Order of the Coif)
- B.A., Brigham Young University, 2003 (summa cum laude)
- District of Columbia
- Law Clerk, Hon. Karen LeCraft Henderson, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
- Law Clerk, Hon. Daniel A. Barker, Arizona Court of Appeals