Thomas B. Hudson is a partner with Hudson Cook, LLP and CEO of CounselorLibrary.com, LLC, originator and publisher of CARLAW and HouseLaw. Tom has been practicing consumer financial services law since 1973. He has focused his practice on matters relating to vehicle financing and leasing. Tom is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of CARLAW, a monthly subscription service that reports legal developments in the auto finance and lease business. Tom is the past President of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and is a former chair of the Personal Property Finance Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee. Tom is a frequent speaker to industry groups and trade associations on topics relative to vehicle financing and leasing; he also speaks on a variety of other topics related to consumer financial services issues.
Tom and partner Robert A. Cook launched the law firm of Hudson Cook, LLP, in 1997. Hudson Cook, LLP is a boutique firm concentrating in consumer credit compliance and privacy law matters. Tom is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. He earned his J.D. in 1973 from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.S. in Education from the University of Georgia.
Robert A. Cook is a managing partner of Hudson Cook, LLP and a principal in CounselorLibrary.com, LLC, originator and publisher of HouseLaw and CARLAW. Robert has practiced in the area of consumer financial services throughout his legal career. Robert has represented multi-state lenders in establishing new programs and products, advised national banks and finance companies on requirements under the Truth in Lending Act and other consumer credit statutes, conducted compliance reviews and defended class action lawsuits based on alleged violations of consumer protection laws.
Robert is a former member of the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Counsel and former chair of its Consumer Credit Committee. He is also former chair of the Truth in Lending Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee. Robert and partner Thomas B. Hudson launched the law firm of Hudson Cook in 1997. Hudson Cook is a boutique firm offering legal assistance in consumer credit compliance and privacy law matters. Robert earned his J.D. in 1981 from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. in 1975 from Washington and Lee University.
Joseph ("Jed") E. Mayk is a partner with Hudson Cook, LLP and Co-Editor in Chief of CounselorLibrary.com’s HouseLaw publication. Jed’s practice focuses on state and federal consumer finance regulatory compliance for banks and non-bank consumer credit providers, with a particular emphasis on mortgage lending and servicing. Jed advises clients on credit reporting, debt collection, unfair trade practice, privacy and data security, and electronic commerce laws and regulations.
Jed is a frequent speaker on mortgage regulatory compliance topics. Jed is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Consumer Financial Services Committee. He is also a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Legal Issues, Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance Committee. Jed is the former Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Consumer Law Committee. Jed received his Juris Doctor, with Honors, in 1993 from Rutgers School of Law-Camden and his B.A. in International Relations, summa cum laude, in 1990 from St. Joseph’s University.
Michael A. Goodman is a partner with Hudson Cook, LLP and Editor in chief of CounselorLibrary.com's PrivacyLaw product. Michael's practice focuses on financial privacy law, electronic commerce and marketing issues, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and advertising. He currently serves as the Chair of the ABA's Federal and State Trade Practices subcommittee within the Business Law section's Consumer Financial Services committee.
Prior to joining Hudson Cook, Michael was a staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection. In that position, he coordinated FTC rulemaking efforts and litigated a variety of FTC consumer protection cases targeting business opportunity fraud, telemarketing fraud, and deceptive marketing of Internet access services. Michael earned his J.D. in 1999 from the University of Colorado School of Law and his B.A. in 1994 from Wesleyan University.
Cathy Brennan is a partner with Hudson Cook, LLP and Co-Editor in Chief of CounselorLibrary.com's InstallmentLaw publication. Cathy's practice includes assisting national and state banks, investment banks, commercial finance companies, savings associations, mortgage bankers and other licensed lenders in the development and maintenance of nationwide consumer mortgage and motor vehicle finance programs. She also engages in due diligence on behalf of investors of mortgage loan companies, mortgage loan servicers, Internet lenders, consumer finance companies, title loan companies, merchant cash advance companies, commercial lenders, peer to peer lenders and payday lenders.
Cathy received her Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her B.A. in English and Psychology from Fordham University. She is admitted to practice in the states of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.
Justin Hosie is a partner with Hudson Cook, LLP and Co-Editor in Chief of CounselorLibrary.com's InstallmentLaw publication. Justin focuses his practice on regulatory compliance for alternative financial service providers including consumer lenders, rent-to-own providers, pawnbrokers, and small business lenders. He is a frequent presenter to industry groups including CFSA, FiSCA, the Online Lenders Alliance, and the Payday Loan Bar Association. He has been named in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in banking law, and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Justin currently serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law - Consumer Finance Committee, Task Force on Small Dollar Lending/Prepaid Cards. He is also Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law - Consumer Finance Committee, Pro Bono Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Florida Bar and the Tennessee, Chattanooga and Federal Bar Associations. Justin received his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kentucky.
Michael J. Willer is vice president of CounselorLibrary.com, LLC. Mike has over 20 years of direct sales and consulting experience to the financial compliance industry. He has a unique sensitivity to compliance issues as they relate to your business operations. Mike's multiyear exposure with nationwide business, compliance and legal departments within the top financial organizations in the country combined with his MBA from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio help him create and implement strategies that are beneficial for CounselorLibrary.com, LLC and its clients.
Catherine Worthington is a Managing Editor of our CARLAW, HouseLaw, PrivacyLaw, and InstallmentLaw publications. Catherine joined CounselorLibrary.com, LLC in 2005 to work full time on the publications. Before joining CounselorLibrary.com, LLC, Catherine worked with MyLawyer.com, LLC, a legal information website, as a developer of state-specific interactive legal documents for pro se litigants. Catherine graduated, with honors, from James Madison University in 1994 with a B.S. in Psychology. Catherine later earned her J.D. in 2002, with honors, from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was a staff member of the University of Baltimore Law Review and a research assistant for a Commercial Law professor. Catherine is a member of the American Bar Association and the Maryland Bar.
Shelley B. Fowler is a Managing Editor of our CARLAW, HouseLaw, PrivacyLaw, InstallmentLaw, and Spot Delivery publications. Shelley joined Hudson Cook, LLP and CounselorLibrary.com, LLC upon their inception in 1997. Before joining Hudson Cook, LLP and CounselorLibrary.com, LLC, Shelley was an associate with Venable, Baetjer and Howard, LLP in Baltimore and a member of the firm's Creditors' Rights Group. Shelley graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984 with a B.A. in Journalism. Shelley later earned her J.D. in 1987, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was a staff member of the University of Maryland Law Review. Shelley is a member of the Maryland Bar.
Brian Hudson is the Senior Web Developer for CounselorLibrary.com, LLC. Brian joined the company in 1999 and is responsible for all aspects of CounselorLibrary's website development, maintenance and support. He welcomes your comments and suggestions on how to improve the company's online products.
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