BuckleySandler Elects Two New Partners & Promotes Six Attorneys to Counsel

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Dec 15, 2011) - BuckleySandler LLP, a leading financial services and criminal & civil enforcement defense law firm with offices in Washington, Los Angeles and New York, has announced the election of Valerie L. Hletko and Caitlin M. Kasmar to the firm's partnership, effective January 1, 2012. The firm has also promoted six associates to the position of counsel.

"BuckleySandler is pleased to recognize the contributions and talents of eight extraordinary lawyers with these much deserved promotions," said firm Chairman and Executive Partner, Andrew L. Sandler. "With these promotions, we are even better able to deliver best-in-class legal services to our clients and contribute to our profession and our communities. Providing opportunities for advancement for outstanding lawyers who regularly deliver high quality and efficient client service and who are well respected in the Bar and our communities is a core principle of this firm and something in which the entire partnership takes great pride."

Experience and contributions of new partners include:

Valerie L. Hletko represents financial institutions in examinations, investigations and administrative enforcement actions initiated by the Department of Justice, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board and state bank regulatory agencies and state attorneys general. Her enforcement practice is focused on fair lending, financial products trade practices, mortgage fraud and mortgage loan servicing. Hletko has represented financial institutions in private class action litigation alleging violations of federal and state fair lending laws, mortgage fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Hletko is the Vice Chair of the Retail Banking and Consumer Law Subcommittee of the ABA Banking Law Committee. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago in 2001.

Caitlin M. Kasmar represents financial services industry clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including class actions, internal investigations and government enforcement actions. Kasmar has litigated cases arising under the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Civil Rights Act, federal securities laws and unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes. Kasmar has represented clients in private civil litigation, criminal actions and enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies including the Department of Justice, the FDIC, the OCC and various state attorneys general. Kasmar is a member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee. Kasmar received her J.D. from the University of Chicago in 2004.

The six associates elected to counsel include Khalid Reede Jones, John W. McGuinness, Donald T. Meier, Amanda M. Raines, Lauren R. Randell and Michelle L. Rogers.

About: With over 150 lawyers in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and New York, BuckleySandler provides best-in-class legal counsel to meet the challenges of its financial services industry and other corporate and individual clients across the full-range of government enforcement actions, complex and class action litigation and transactional, regulatory and public policy issues. The Firm represents many of the nation's leading financial services institutions. "The best at what they do in the country." (Chambers USA). Visit BuckleySandler online at www.buckleysandler.com and follow via Twitter at https://twitter.com/BuckleySandler.

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