Leslie Meredith represents corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of litigation and enforcement matters, including government investigations, regulatory examinations, class actions and complex commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on the financial services industry.
Leslie is an effective communicator who is able to distill complex facts and legal concepts, and turn them into simple, compelling, and persuasive stories, both in court and in negotiations with the government. Although she has been involved at every stage of litigation, some of her greatest successes were in cases that were resolved quickly or that concluded with the government choosing not to take action at all. She is passionate about partnering with her clients to understand their priorities and find innovative and cost-effective strategies to resolve disputes favorably.
Leslie has significant experience managing complex and cross-border e-discovery, handling pre-trial motions, including overseeing successful summary judgment motions and motions to dismiss, taking and defending critical fact and expert depositions, and preparing for evidentiary hearings and trials.
In addition to representing clients in federal and state courts around the country, she has helped clients navigate and resolve enforcement actions by state and federal regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Federal Reserve Board (FRB), Department of Justice (DOJ), and state attorneys general, relating to a wide range of subject matter areas, involving both traditional and alternative financial services.
Drawing on the breadth of her experience in the financial services industry, Leslie also counsels clients on compliance with consumer protection laws and supervision preparedness. Her areas of focus include, prohibitions on unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices (UDAP and UDAAP); customer complaints management; and codes of conduct and business ethics, including policies related to outside business interests and the Bank Bribery Act.
Prior to joining Orrick, Leslie was counsel at Buckley LLP. She also completed a six-month secondment at a large financial institution, working as a member of the private banking legal advisory group and the litigation department. Leslie is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, and maintains an active pro bono practice focused on criminal justice and immigration matters.