Maria B. Earley is a financial services regulatory and enforcement partner in the Washington D.C. office of Morrison & Foerster.
Maria is a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) enforcement attorney with significant experience advising on issues related to consumer protection laws and emerging technology. She advises financial services and fintech companies with respect to product development, regulatory compliance, state and U.S. federal enforcement and examination, state licensing, and transactional matters.
Maria works with early- and growth-stage startups as well as large incumbents, providing strategic, business-focused support and often serving as outside general counsel. Her advice spans a range of loan products, bank-enabled products, payments, income share agreements (ISA) and other alternative financing arrangements, and mortgage technology. She represents companies that touch all aspects of these products, including marketplace lending participants, ISA providers, program managers and investors, money transmitters, credit-reporting agencies, and numerous platform service providers.
Maria leverages her experience as a former CFPB attorney to help companies navigate the complex and unique issues that arise when interfacing with the CFPB and other financial regulators. She has handled numerous matters involving federal and state regulators, including the CFPB, several state attorneys general, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (CA DFPI) and other state regulatory agencies, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Maria is committed to creating and sustaining collaborative, innovative, and inclusive environments in the legal community. She serves on the board of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of D.C. She previously served on the boards of the Legal Aid Society of D.C. and the Anacostia Watershed Society, and was co-vice chair of the Litigation and Arbitration subcommittee of the ABA’s Consumer Financial Services Committee.