WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hudson Cook LLP, a nationwide provider of legal services for the financial industry, announced that the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers has recognized Anne P. Fortney with the prestigious Senator William Proxmire Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is given periodically to a person who has made significant contributions in the field of consumer financial services over that person’s career. The college presented the award on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at its annual dinner — this year held at the California Club in Los Angeles.

The award includes a $3,000 donation from the college to be directed to an organization that promotes the public interest in the area of consumer financial services. Fortney named the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society because it provides emergency financial assistance and financial counseling for Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families. Fortney’s husband, retired Rear Admiral Richard A. Riddell, is a former Navy submariner. 

Fortney is a nationally recognized expert in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other consumer financial privacy laws. A partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Fortney provides legal assistance in the areas of regulatory compliance, legislative developments and litigation. She has testified as an invited expert before Congress regarding the operation of various consumer protection laws and frequently serves as an expert witness in litigation.

Fortney is also the immediate past chairman of the Conference on Consumer Financial Services Law and has held a number of leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee. Fortney is a frequent speaker and author on consumer financial services law. A graduate of Mary Washington College, she received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

“I’m both proud and pleased that the college has selected Anne for this award, and the firm is honored by her selection,” said Robert Cook, managing partner of Hudson Cook LLP. “The college is comprised of the finest consumer financial services lawyers in the nation. To be recognized as a leader by the college is of particular significance.”