HANOVER, Md. — Hudson Cook LLP, a nationwide provider of legal compliance services for the financial services industry, has added Lucy Morris as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office.
Morris brings 25 years of experience in all aspects of consumer finance law and public policy. She will support the firm’s enforcement and compliance practices, and her experience will further enhance the firm’s ability to provide meaningful and practical advice to its clients.
“Lucy brings a wealth of experience with consumer financial services regulation, from both the CFPB and the FTC, and she will be a great addition to our practice,” said Hudson Cook Chairman Tom Hudson.
From 2011 to 2014, Morris served as deputy enforcement director in the Division of Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Her responsibilities at the CFPB included overseeing investigations and litigation relating to consumer financial products and services, including credit cards, mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, payday lending, debt collection, credit reporting, and debt settlement.
From 2010 to 2011, Morris served as a founding member of the implementation team that organized the CFPB after passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, helping to stand up the bureau’s enforcement, supervision, and other functions.
Before joining the CFPB, Morris worked at the Federal Trade Commission from 1989 to 2010. She served in a variety of positions in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, including assistant director of financial practices and assistant to the director. She worked in the Division of Financial Practices for 18 years, where she was responsible for protecting consumers of financial products and services through law enforcement, rulemaking, policy development and public outreach.
During her tenure at the FTC, Morris supervised, litigated, and investigated complex law enforcement actions involving a variety of consumer financial products and services, including mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, credit reporting, debt collection, and debt settlement. Morris was awarded the Chairman’s Award in 2008, the FTC’s highest award, in recognition of her accomplishments.
Before joining the FTC, Morris practiced law for three years as a litigation associate at Betts, Patterson & Mines in Seattle, Wash. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Santa Clara and a Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law. Morris speaks frequently on topics relating to the CFPB, law enforcement, litigation, and consumer financial protection.