Manatt Lands Prominent Los Angeles-Based Financial Services Partner

Firm’s leading consumer financial services team expands with addition
of Scott Pearson

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated national
professional services firm, announced today that preeminent consumer
financial services lawyer Scott M. Pearson has joined as a partner in
its Los Angeles office. Pearson brings with him more than 25 years of
litigation experience in the consumer financial services industry,
defending clients against regulatory enforcement and class actions, as
well as counseling high-profile stakeholders on a wide array of
regulatory compliance issues.

“Scott is a highly regarded litigator with a strong base of financial
institution clients, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our financial
services team,” said Donna
L. Wilson
, Manatt’s CEO and managing partner-elect. “His keen
understanding of the complex issues facing the consumer financial
services industry—and his decades of experience defending and guiding
clients through unique regulatory waters—will make him an immediate
asset to our clients.”

Founded as a banking law boutique in 1965, Manatt is now one of the
nation’s top law and consulting firms, boasting an industry-leading
consumer financial services practice led by Richard
Gottlieb
. “Scott builds on our already solid team in Los Angeles,
and nationwide,” said Gottlieb. “Few lawyers have Scott’s breadth and
expertise across the spectrum of issues facing consumer lenders today.”

Pearson’s clients include national banks, financial services firms,
institutional investors, sports and entertainment companies, real estate
firms, and prominent retail and consumer product companies. A preeminent
authority in the rapidly evolving fintech (financial technology) legal
sector, Pearson was named a BTI Client Service All-Star in 2018 for
“delivering the absolute best client service” based on a national survey
of in-house counsel.

In addition to defending hundreds of class actions and other complex
litigation matters, he has successfully handled numerous regulatory
enforcement actions brought or threatened by the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau and other federal regulatory agencies, state Attorneys
General, and state and local regulators across the country. Pearson’s
deep experience spans the gamut of consumer finance asset classes,
including mortgage, credit card, auto finance, student loan, small
business finance and specialty finance products.

“I’ve long admired the financial services group at Manatt and am beyond
excited to join the team,” said Pearson. “In addition to its terrific
consumer finance and privacy and data security practices, Manatt’s
sophisticated corporate finance and M&A capabilities will allow me to
offer a much broader array of services as I continue to grow and expand
my practice.”

Pearson earned his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and
his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California.

About Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, is one of the nation’s leading law and
consulting firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los
Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New
York (New York City and Albany), Chicago and Washington, D.C. The firm
represents a sophisticated client base—including Fortune 500,
middle-market and emerging companies—across a range of practice areas
and industry sectors. For more information, visit www.manatt.com.

Contacts

Angel Fahy 212.704.1994
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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