Over a 25-year career, Benjamin B. Klubes has established himself as one of the nation’s leading financial services and white collar enforcement lawyers. A Co-Managing Partner of Buckley Sandler LLP since its inception, Mr. Klubes represents financial services companies in federal and state enforcement agency investigations, examinations, and litigation, as well as in private civil and class action litigation.
He also conducts corporate internal investigations and represents companies and individuals in criminal and civil enforcement matters, including multinational investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Mr. Klubes has a robust enforcement and litigation practice representing bank and non-bank financial institutions in investigations and examinations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), state attorneys general, and financial regulators, as well as in private class action litigation involving the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Civil Rights Act, unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes, and privacy law claims.
He has represented a variety of mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, and automobile lenders in enforcement, regulatory, and class action proceedings arising from the financial crisis, including matters involving the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Financial Institutions Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).
Mr. Klubes has assisted in the implementation of fair and responsible lending and anti-mortgage fraud compliance programs for numerous financial institutions, and developed programs for FCPA and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/anti-money laundering (AML) compliance. He represents corporations and individuals in criminal and related civil enforcement matters, including FCPA, BSA, and criminal FCA actions.
Mr. Klubes was ranked by Chambers USA (2010-2018) as a leading lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Litigation) and in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations), where clients described him as “a very cerebral and thoughtful lawyer” with “a wealth of expertise and insight into key industry issues.” “A true business partner for us … terrific at solving a problem.”
Mr. Klubes has been recognized in Legal 500 for Financial Services Litigation, Financial Services: Regulation, and Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense. He has been repeatedly recognized as an exceptional attorney by Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense: White Collar (2010-2019) and Banking and Finance (2014-2019). He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers (2010-2018) for Banking.
Mr. Klubes is a former Barrister in the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, and in 2016, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. He serves as Chair of the National Council for Arts and Sciences, Columbian College, The George Washington University, a board member on the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and a Steering Committee Member of the English-American Litigation Forum.
Mr. Klubes is a co-author of Consumer Financial Services, a leading treatise in the area, and has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal topics. He is a frequent speaker on enforcement, litigation, examination, and compliance issues regarding the consumer financial services industry.
Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Mr. Klubes was a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and served as an Assistant Independent Counsel from 1995 through 1997. He received his J.D. from Harvard University and his B.A. from The George Washington University.
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