Ari Karen is an experienced litigator and speaker who has focused his practice in representing financial institutions in both government investigations and litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide.
Mr. Karen’s practice is diverse, representing clients on matters concerning banking regulations, Dodd Frank financial reform laws, contractual disputes, employment and labor statutes, wage-hour class actions, employment discrimination and fair lending matters, whistleblower complaints and non-competition claims, among others.
In addition to being known for aggressively advocating on behalf of his clients, Mr. Karen is widely complimented for his business friendly attitude and creativity, advising clients on legal and regulatory compliance in a manner that is practical and sensitive to business considerations.
Mr. Karen’s approach affords his clients the opportunity to remain both compliant and competitive in an environment with ever increasing business and legal challenges.
Mr. Karen is a principal in the firm in its Financial Institutions Regulatory and Labor and Employment practice groups. He is also the Founder and CEO ofStrategic Compliance Partners (SCP). SCP is an attorney-driven, price-fixed mortgage compliance consulting firm which provides a total compliance solution for lenders.
Mr. Karen is a sought after national speaker and published writer to audiences nationwide. His speaking engagements include talks to members of CMLA, Lenders One and mortgage groups and associations in Texas, California, the Carolinas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Maine, Ohio, Maryland, Kansas, Arizona, Rhode Island and Vermont.
A published writer, Mr. Karen writes a weekly blog on “Compensation and Compliance Matters,” in the National Mortgage News, one of the leading on line publications to the mortgage banking industry.
Mr. Karen has won precedent-setting decisions against the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, blocking the EEOC’s efforts to establish that employers could be held liable for violations of Title VII as far back as the passage of the legislation in 1964.
He has also counseled several mortgage banks and financial services firms on the development and implementation of cutting edge policies and procedures. These procedures have allowed institutions to remain compliant with all wage hour laws without disrupting proven business models or undermining their competitive advantages.
- J.D. (with distinction), Emory University, 1996
- B.A. (cum laude), University of Maryland, 1992
- District of Columbia
- State of Maryland
- State of Georgia
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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