HOUSTON – As it continues to advance its global strategy to expand upon a world-class financial services practice, Reed Smith announced that consumer banking regulatory and litigation lawyer Christina Vitale has joined the firm’s Financial Industry Group as a partner in Houston.

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Vitale counsels clients on complex matters before US state and federal courts, with an emphasis on financial services class actions and banking and enforcement actions. She also represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and state attorneys general.

Furthermore, Vitale advises on consumer protection matters and unfair/deceptive business practices, bankruptcy litigation and claims issues, forensic accounting issues, including identity theft and wire fraud/credit card fraud, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, state unfair competition laws, data privacy issues, and the US Bankruptcy Code. Vitale also brings class action expertise that extends beyond traditional financial services clients to non-bank and other retail lenders.

“Christina’s financial services class action litigation and regulatory practice fits well with the firm and her relationships with current firm clients bolsters that capability and broadens our contacts,” said Ed Estrada, global chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group. “By adding Christina to our team, we are continuing our pursuit of building a consumer banking regulatory and litigation practice that has a significant presence throughout the U.S., and one that can compete with any global law firm.”