Joann Needleman leads the firm’s financial services regulatory and compliance practice and advises banks, financial institutions, and financial services entities on regulatory compliance matters.
Joann prepares and represents these same financial institutions during state and federal supervisory examinations and regulatory investigations before agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) as well as state financial services regulators and attorneys general.
A former member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Consumer Advisory Board, Joann provides her clients with useful strategies and common-sense solutions in order to prepare for areas of regulatory scrutiny.
Joann is the host of the podcast “Credit Ecosystem to Go: Curbside Thought Leadership for Financial Services.” Listen to recent episodes here.
2021 Professional Excellence Award – Law Firm Innovator
2004-2006, 2010-2011, 2013-2019: Super Lawyers – Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list.*
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Named to Collection Advisor Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Women in Collections
2019: National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA)’s Annual Donald Kramer Award
Law Firm Innovator 2021: Power Player
Legal Intelligencer Professional Excellence Awards, Named Most Innovative (2021)
National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys
(President, 2013-2015, President Elect, 2012-2013, Secretary, 2006-2012, Board Member, 2006-present)
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Advisory Board
American Bar Association, Business Law Section
Pennsylvania Creditors Bar Association (Past President)
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Debt Buyers Association
Forum for Executive Women
Member, Legal Advisory Board, Consumer Relations Consortium, January 2020 – present
Member, Emerging Markets Coalition Advisory Board, January 2020 – present
Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the National Creditors Bar Association (NARCA)
State Bar Licenses
- “If the CFPB Is Remiss, the Court Must Dismiss” by Joann Needleman, Jane Luxton, and Thomas Brooks for For the Defense, DRI, February 2018.