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Benjamin Chapin

Benjamin Chapin represents financial institutions, other commercial clients, and individuals in a wide array of regulatory and enforcement matters, civil litigation and internal investigations.

In his regulatory and enforcement practice, Mr. Chapin has represented clients in public and non-public matters involving the CFPB, FTC, SEC, DOJ, FINRA, state attorneys general and other state agencies. He has represented clients on a wide array of issues, including consumer protection, fair lending, mortgage servicing, auto lending, anti-money laundering, electronic funds transfers, securities fraud and antitrust enforcement, among other issues.

In his litigation practice, Mr. Chapin has represented clients in high-stakes cases in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He has litigated cases for commercial and individual clients subject to claims under federal and state consumer protection statutes, the Securities Exchange Act, RICO, False Claims Act and Sherman Act, as well as an array of contract and tort claims. Mr. Chapin also advises clients in connection with high-profile congressional and internal investigations, in addition to counseling clients on regulatory compliance and risk management.

In addition, Mr. Chapin maintains an active pro bono practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Chapin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He previously worked at a law firm in New York.

Experience

  • REGULATORY AND ENFORCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

    • Represents large national bank in CFPB enforcement proceeding related to alleged UDAAP violations in mortgage servicing business.
    • Represents online software company in FTC and state attorneys general investigations related to alleged unfair and deceptive marketing practices.
    • Represents large national bank in CFPB enforcement proceeding related to alleged UDAAP and Regulation E violations in connection with electronic funds transfers.
    • Represented multiple financial institutions in congressional investigations related to anti-money laundering programs.
    • Represents large national bank in CFPB enforcement proceeding related to alleged UDAAP violations related to auto loan servicing and add-on products.
    • Represents senior executive of a public company in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations involving securities fraud allegations related to company disclosures. 
    • Represented a national engineering company in False Claims Act investigation conducted by the Department of Justice involving alleged failure to adhere to quality assurance standards mandated by the Department of Energy.
    • Represented major defense contractor in an investigation related to counterfeit electronic parts.  
    • Represented information technology consulting firm in an internal investigation and policy review stemming from an insider threat breach.
  • LITIGATION HIGHLIGHTS

    • Represents online software company in litigation brought by public prosecutors under California’s Unfair Competition and False Advertising Laws.
    • Represents officer of public utility in multiple class actions and derivative litigation involving fraud allegations related to company disclosures.
    • Represented auto parts manufacturer in multiple class actions alleging price fixing in violation of the Sherman Act.
    • Represented government contractor in False Claims Act litigation against the Department of Justice arising from alleged payment of unallowable costs.  
    • Represented online vacation rental company in civil litigation involving allegations of discrimination related to a controversial policy change.
    • Represented aerospace company in federal district court on issues involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, Columbia Law School

      James Kent Scholar, Columbia Law Review
    • BA, Duke University

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Nicholas Garaufis, US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Credentials