Joseph L. Barloon is the co-leader of Skadden’s Consumer Financial Services practice. He represents a wide range of financial institutions in federal and state civil, criminal and enforcement agency investigations and actions.


Mr. Barloon frequently conducts internal investigations; provides compliance advice regarding consumer financial services, internal controls and related issues; and regularly assists with due diligence for financial services transactions.

He has litigated numerous matters in federal courts throughout the country and regularly represents financial institutions before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Trade Commission and various state agencies.

Illustrative cases include the representation of:

  • a national consumer lender in federal court litigation with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau involving allegations of unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices; more than 12 state regulatory investigations; and numerous borrower class action litigations;
  • more than 12 regional and national lenders in U.S. Department of Justice fair lending inquiries;
  • a national financial institution in connection with a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigation of allegations of unfair, deceptive or abusive acts and practices;
  • a national mortgage lender in Federal Trade Commission and state attorney general investigations of allegations of discriminatory pricing and unfair or deceptive acts or practices;
  • bank directors in investigations and litigation involving the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency;
  • a national accounting firm in tax shelter-related matters; and
  • an investment bank in a grand jury investigation alleging official misconduct.

Mr. Barloon has lectured and published on various topics, including the Dodd-Frank Act and consumer financial services litigation and enforcement. He has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is a fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1996 (summa cum laude)
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1989 (cum laude)


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1996-1997)

Joseph L. Barloon

Partner, Consumer Financial Services; Litigation; Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime