Jennifer M. Keas is a partner and consumer financial services lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where she litigates complex, high-stakes cases and other lawsuits and defends clients in investigations and proceedings initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as other matters involving regulatory agencies or state attorneys general.
Ms. Keas regularly provides clients with regulatory and compliance advice on issues arising under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Truth in Lending Act, and other federal and state consumer financial services laws. This includes proactively helping to find legal solutions for challenging business problems and counseling clients on matters such as:
As an experienced litigator and trial attorney, Ms. Keas’ diverse practice includes class action defense, RESPA litigation, defense of claims under unfair trade practice and consumer protection laws, environmental litigation, cases involving complex electronic discovery, appellate matters, issues affecting proprietary post-secondary schools, and other corporate defense work.
Ms. Keas was selected for inclusion in the 2014 – 2016 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® lists for her work in business litigation.
Ms. Keas is a frequent writer and speaker on topics of significance to the residential real estate and consumer finance industries, including as a contributor to the Consumer Class Defense Counsel (www.consumerclassdefensecounsel.com), a blog devoted to significant news and developments in the consumer financial services arena, and various publications for the Real Estate Services Providers Council, Inc. (RESPRO).
Ms. Keas has also assisted in the development and preparation of amicus briefs to inform the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate courts about how their decisions will affect businesses.
Ms. Keas has been a co-presenter for numerous web conferences, including:
Ms. Keas serves as a hiring partner on the firm’s Recruiting Committee, where she is committed to recruiting talented and diverse attorneys to succeed at the firm.
In addition to her legal work with the firm, Ms. Keas is committed to pro bono work and charitable work. She is a member of Foley’s Charity Committee for the D.C. office.
Ms. Keas graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2006), where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and graduated with distinction. She earned her B.A., with honors, from the University of Wisconsin.