Ross T. Handler

Associate | Washington D.C. | (202) 887-6921
(202) 887-6921

Ross T. Handler is an associate in the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group of Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office. He counsels fintech, non-bank, and financial services institutions on compliance with state and federal finance laws. Ross has advised financial services clients on a wide range of issues and regulatory matters, including money transmission, state and federal consumer/commercial lending, and laws related to the offering and operation of financial products and services.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Ross was an attorney at an international law firm where he assisted in counseling clients on regulatory and enforcement matters involving fair lending, consumer debt collection, and other financial services-focused compliance issues. He also drafted and assisted with negotiating and executing corporate and transactional agreements, credit facility renewals, mortgage loan purchase agreements, and deposit account control agreements. Ross also provided regulatory counseling to federal savings banks related to their vendor management practices and controls. Ross maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in landlord-tenant disputes, parole hearings, and immigration asylum matters throughout the District of Columbia.

Earlier in his career, Ross was a judicial intern for the Honorable Margaret A. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, where he drafted bench memos and provided recommendations for rulings on federal cases related to military law. During law school, Ross was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Review and Vice President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honors Society. He also received an M.A. in corporate governance and crisis management from the American University School of International Service. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Spanish, magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College.

In addition to his experience in the banking and consumer financial services industry, Ross has a background in international governmental affairs, having forged professional relationships with the Embassy of Spain, Washington, D.C. and the Dominican Republic’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

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