Thomas B. Hudson is a managing partner of Hudson Cook, LLP and a principal in 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.
Alicia H. Tortarolo is a partner of Hudson Cook, LLP and Co-Editor in Chief of CounselorLibrary.com’s PrivacyLaw publication. Alicia maintains a national practice and advises clients on matters relating to consumer financial services, automobile finance, electronic commerce, marketing, privacy, data security, and information management. She writes and speaks on these issues. Alicia holds professional memberships in several associations such as the State Bar of California, American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee and Cyberspace Law Committee, American Financial Services Association E-commerce Committee, Association of Consumer Vehicle Lessors, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is also Certified Information Privacy Professional.
Michael A. Goodman is a partner of Hudson Cook, LLP and a Co-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.
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 and PrivacyLaw 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 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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