Austin Brown provides strategic counsel and advice to a wide range of financial services institutions with respect to enforcement, litigation and compliance issues. His practice focuses on regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, examination support, compliance advice, class action litigation, internal corporate investigations and transactional diligence.


For more than a decade, Mr. Brown has advised clients in matters involving consumer protection statutes and regulations, including the Equal Credit Opportunity Act; the Truth in Lending Act; the Fair Credit Reporting Act; the Fair Housing Act; and statutes prohibiting unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices. He defends institutions in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 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.

Mr. Brown assists clients with developing and revising compliance management systems and preparing for regulatory examinations. He also conducts fair lending and unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices compliance risk assessments for financial institutions relating to, among other things, product development, sales and marketing, pricing and underwriting, steering, redlining, credit reporting and servicing activities, in connection with all types of lending and banking products and services.

Mr. Brown frequently publishes and lectures on consumer 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