Courtney Dankworth

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 

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New York 10022 NY US

Courtney M. Dankworth is a litigation partner who focuses her practice on internal investigations and regulatory defense, including banking enforcement actions and disputes related to financial services and consumer finance. Ms. Dankworth advises clients facing investigations and enforcement actions conducted by the Department of Justice, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, state attorneys general, and state banking regulators.

She also conducts a broad range of investigations for corporations and financial institutions and advises clients regarding their compliance obligations.

Ms. Dankworth also has broad commercial litigation experience representing clients in federal and state courts, including in securities litigation, shareholder actions and class actions.

Her representations have included negotiating and implementing the National Mortgage Settlement that settled claims by state and federal agencies against the country’s five largest mortgage servicers, as well as other mortgage, credit card and consumer finance issues.

Ms. Dankworth is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2017) for International Litigation and recognized as a Rising Star in Banking (2017), Law 360’s list of attorneys under 40 “whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.” In addition, she appears in Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List (2017).

Ms. Dankworth is actively involved in the development of young lawyers, particularly women lawyers. She co-chairs the firm’s Women’s Resource Group and is a member of its Hiring Committee and Evaluation Committee.

Ms. Dankworth’s recent ‎speaking engagements include Women in Financial Services: Opportunities and Challenges, NYC Bar Ass’n (Dec. 2018).

Ms. Dankworth joined the firm in 2007. From 2006 to 2007, she clerked for the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. Dankworth received a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School in 2006, where she was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. She received an A.B. with honors from Harvard University in 2001.

Ms. Dankworth’s publications include “CFPB May Look To NY For Its Own Debt Collection Rules,” Law360 (January, 2015).


  • JPMorgan Chase in investigations by several State Attorneys General and a federal regulator into credit card collections and debt sale practices.
  • JPMorgan Chase in matters relating to deficiencies in affidavits filed in state foreclosure proceedings, including State Attorney General and federal investigations.
  • The Board of Directors of CBS Corporation in an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against the CEO, senior CBS News personnel, as well as allegations about the corporate culture.
  • Marketplace Lending Association in its submission of amicus brief on behalf of a trade association for online marketplace lenders related to ongoing litigation in the State of Colorado.
  • Prudential Financial in regulatory inquiries relating to retained-asset accounts.
  • Prudential Retirement in an $80 million lawsuit to recover losses in retirement products from misinformation in subprime mortgages.
  • Toyota Financial Services in a DOJ and CFPB investigation and settlement relating to fair lending practices.
  • Admirals Bank in restructuring operations in the face of complex bank regulatory and enforcement defense issues with the Office of Comptroller of the Currency.
  • A foreign bank in responding to a multi-state Attorneys General investigation of its auto lending and dealer management practices.
  • A major mortgage servicer in multiple investigations and inquiries by federal and state regulators, including the CFPB, multiple state Attorneys General, and the Multistate Mortgage Committee of state financial regulators, relating to its mortgage servicing practices.
  • A major insurance company in launching a pilot mobile application to provide participants with a savings account held via a third party bank.
  • A major auto finance company in structuring its data sharing platform with affiliates, including assessing the potential implications under the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • A foreign bank in an internal investigation and Federal Reserve enforcement action relating to bank regulatory compliance practices.
  • A national bank in an internal investigation arising out of whistleblower claims related to fair lending and Community Reinvestment Act practices in connection with bank branch locations.


  • Harvard Law School, 2006, J.D.
  • Harvard University, 2001, A.B.

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  • New York


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