Austin Brown provides strategic counsel and advice to financial services institutions in connection with high-stakes enforcement, litigation and compliance issues. His practice focuses on investigations and enforcement proceedings, class action litigation, internal corporate investigations, transactional diligence, administrative actions, examination support and compliance advice.


Mr. Brown advises clients in matters involving a broad range of consumer protection statutes and regulations, including those prohibiting unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices; fair lending laws; credit reporting laws; and disclosure laws. He defends institutions in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and federal and state bank regulatory authorities. Mr. Brown also has extensive experience defending clients in class action litigation and litigation by government agencies.

He has assisted clients in matters covering all types of consumer financial services issues, including product development, sales and marketing, pricing and underwriting, steering, redlining, credit reporting, and servicing activities. Mr. Brown also regularly assists financial services institutions with developing and revising compliance management systems and conducting compliance risk assessments.

Mr. Brown frequently publishes and lectures on compliance and enforcement issues.



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2005 (magna cum laude)
  • B.A., Vassar College, 1999


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Austin K. Brown

Counsel, Litigation; Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime