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Leslie C. Bender

Senior Counsel

Washington, DC

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 1300 South
Washington, DC 20004
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J.D., Dean's List, Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, White Scholar in Public Policy & Law; ABA Award for Excellence in Urban Planning and Land Use.
B.A., Dean's List, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Philosophy; Secondary Education Certificate in State of Illinois.
International Fellowship of Certified Collection Executives (IFCCE)
Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)
Credit and Collection Compliance Officer (CCCO)
Credit and Collection Compliance Attorney (CCCA)
State Bar Licenses
District of Columbia

Leslie C. Bender

Senior Counsel

Leslie C. Bender is a Senior Counsel in Clark Hill’s Banking & Financial Services group who specializes in corporate, compliance, privacy, transactional, credit and collections matters.

Leslie's experience lies in privacy, consumer financial protection, HIPAA, data security, labor and employment, litigation, contracts, alternative dispute resolution and mediation, government affairs, regulatory relations, change and project management.  In addition, Leslie has over two decades of experience in privacy and consumer financial protection and related regulatory relations before various federal and state regulators.

She is an engaging corporate trainer with over thirty years’ experience working with financial institutions, collection agencies and as a compliance consultant and trainer for hospitals.  Recognized as a national expert on information privacy and security law, she was one of the first privacy officers accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

Leslie has the following certifications, credentials, and designations: International Fellowship of Certified Collection Executives (IFCCE), Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), Credit and Collection Compliance Officer (CCCO), Credit and Collection Compliance Attorney (CCCA).

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Leslie served as the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel for BCA Financial Services, Inc. Prior to BCA, she was general counsel and vice president of government affairs at ARS National Services in Escondido, California. Leslie is a Past President of ACA International (2013-2014), having served as an officer of its Board of Directors from 2011 – 2015. 


  • Co-Author, "The CFPB Issues Regulation F, but the Debt Collection Rules Are Far From Final," Clark Hill Alert, November 2, 2020. 
  • Author, “There’s No Place Like Home: HIPAA, Pandemics, & Cybercrime,” PDC Flow, October 6, 2020.
  • Various articles in industry periodicals on privacy and data security topics, 2004 -present.
  • Data Security & Privacy, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015 
  • CFPB Compliance Course, 2013.
  • Credit & Collections Compliance Officer – course and credentialing program, 2008-2014 
  • White Papers (co-authored for ACA International).
  • Co-Author, “Credit & Collections Compliance Officer (3CM) Workshop,” ACA International, 2007 – present.
  • Data Security Workshop, ACA International, January 2007 – present.
  • HIPAA Training and Toolkit Materials, ACA International, HFMA, MAHAM and MAPAM, National Association of Retail Collection Agencies, Association of Hospital Owned Collection Agencies, December 2000 – present.

Speaking Engagements

  • 2020 ACA Fall Forum, Via Webinar, November 2020.
  • 2020 NACARA Annual Convention, Via Webinar, October 2020.
  • 2020 Southwest Collections Conference, Via Webinar, October 2020.
  • Webinars, Speaking Engagements, Keynotes on a wide range of compliance and leadership topics, 2013-present.
  • Various Addresses for HFMA Chapters, ACA Units, and national ACA meetings on social media and privacy, 2011-2012.
  • Collection of Webinars for CampusACA regarding the HiTECH Act, implementation and practical strategies for compliance, 2009-2010.
  • HIPAA Implementation Workshops, GLBA Presentations, Understanding the FTC’s Enforcement Priorities, on behalf of numerous organizations, January 2003 – present.
  • “HIPAA and Lawyers as Business Associates,” National Association of Retail Collections Attorneys, Via Webinar, August 2002 – present.
  • Privacy and HIPAA Training and Education Programs, Webinars, Seminars, and Workshops, January 2001 – present.
  • Credit and Collections Workshops, January 1998 – present.
July 2020, ACA International’s “All In” award for individual contributions to industry advocacy
July 2020, Lindemann Award for Achievement
December 2019, Top 50 Professionals in Receivables Management
January 2019, Stars in Compliance, Collection Advisor
September 2018, Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Collections, Collection Advisor
July 2018, Erickson Continuous Service Award, ACA International
July 2018, Fred Kirchner Achievement Award
March 2018, Who’s Who in Collections
December 2017, Distinguished Counsel
August 2016, One of Top 25 Women in Collections, Collection Advisor
June 2016, Instructor of the Year, Charles F. Lindemann Award from ACA International
July 2015, Fred Kirschner Achievement Award
April 2015, VIP Woman of the Year, National Association of Professional Women
March 2015, Pinnacle Professional, Continental Who’s Who, Excellence, Outstanding Leadership & Achievement
January 2012, Top Influential Credit & Collections Professional, Collection Advisor
July 2011, Members Attorney Program Distinction Award
March 2010, Fred Kirschner Achievement Award
Member, Association of Corporate Counsel
Member, International Association of Privacy Officers
Member, Association for Electronic Health Care Transactions
Arbitrator, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, ACA International’s Members Attorney Program 1997 - present
Certified Instructor, ACA International, 2002 - present
Steering Committee, Consumer Relations Consortium, 2014 - present
ACA International Treasurer, Vice President, and Immediate Past President ACA International (Executive Committee 2011-2015)
Member, Board of Directors, ACA International, 2011-2015
ACA International President 2013-2014
Institute for Collection Leadership, 2013 - 2018