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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
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., District of Maryland
U.S. District Ct., District of Columbia

Leslie C. Bender

Senior Counsel

Leslie C. Bender counsels financial services and healthcare clients on a broad range of privacy, data security, and consumer financial protection laws relying upon her strategic and legal experience as a general counsel.

She provides counsel on matters including privacy, consumer financial protection, HIPAA, data security, labor and employment, litigation, contracts, alternative dispute resolution and mediation, government affairs, regulatory relations, and change and project management. Leslie has more than two decades of experience in privacy and consumer financial protection and related regulatory relations before various federal and state regulators.

As a corporate trainer, Leslie has more than 30 years of experience working with financial institutions, collection agencies, and as a compliance consultant and trainer for hospitals. Recognized as a national authority 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.

Before 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.

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
2013-14, ACA International President
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
Newsletter Alerts
The Bureau Binds Itself to the Interagency Statement Clarifying the Role of Supervisory Guidance with New RuleThe CFPB Completes Debt Collection RulemakingCollection Agency Licensing Is Coming to California Technology: The Key to Consumer Digital Engagement Under the Final Debt Collection RuleThe CFPB Issues Regulation F, but the Debt Collection Rules Are Far From Final
Author, “There’s No Place Like Home: HIPAA, Pandemics, & Cybercrime,” PDC Flow, October 6, 2020.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.Co-Author, “Credit & Collections Compliance Officer (3CM) Workshop,” ACA International, 2007 – presentCFPB Compliance Course, 2013White Papers (co-authored for ACA International)Leslie Bender Feb 2021 Collector Magazine
Data Security Workshop, ACA International, January 2007 – present2020 ACA Fall Forum, Via Webinar, November 20202020 Southwest Collections Conference, Via Webinar, October 2020Various Addresses for HFMA Chapters, ACA Units, and national ACA meetings on social media and privacy, 2011-2012Collection of Webinars for CampusACA regarding the HiTECH Act, implementation and practical strategies for compliance, 2009-2010HIPAA Implementation Workshops, GLBA Presentations, Understanding the FTC’s Enforcement Priorities, on behalf of numerous organizations, January 2003 – presentPrivacy and HIPAA Training and Education Programs, Webinars, Seminars, and Workshops, January 2001 – presentCredit and Collections Workshops, January 1998 – present2020 NACARA Annual Convention, Via Webinar, October 2020