Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck announced today that Sarah Auchterlonie has joined the firm’s litigation department as a shareholder and will be based in the firm’s Denver office.
Auchterlonie is a former acting deputy enforcement director and one of the founding employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal agency charged with investigating and prosecuting violations of laws that protect consumers of financial services.
Auchterlonie’s regulatory and enforcement experience adds depth to the firm’s consumer protection practice. Having also worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Thrift Supervision, she has experience as both a prudential bank regulator and with the CFPB Office of Enforcement. Auchterlonie is also the co-author of a practice guide for industry professionals, Consumer Finance Law and Compliance.
During her time at the CFPB, Auchterlonie managed more than 20 enforcement attorneys as an assistant litigation deputy and an acting deputy enforcement director. Her notable work includes handling the CFPB’s first administrative proceeding and appeal to the bureau director, In the Matter of PHH Corp.
At the Treasury Department, Auchterlonie represented the Office of Thrift Suprevision as a trial attorney on issues involving regulatory capital, lending limits and loan concentration, the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Act, releasing confidential supervisory information, the Freedom of Information Act, investigations of bank employees and investigations arising from the financial crisis.