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Roberta is a partner in Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group.  Roberta is one of the most experienced bank regulatory and consumer compliance lawyers in the country, having many years of in-house service at PNC, Mellon and Advanta.  Her practice focuses on banking law specialties such as OFAC/Bank Secrecy Act; Internet banking; Fair Credit Reporting Act; Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; FACT ACT/Privacy: Electronic Banking; Credit Card law, cash management and merchant bank processing, deposit account products, bank mergers and acquisitions and much more.  Roberta is currently supporting Reed Smith's financial services litigators with substantive banking law analysis.  Roberta is a former member of the firm's Executive Committee and was the FSP Observer in 2015.

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected for the 2014 Minority Business Leader Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Fellow, the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
  • PNC Bank Performance Award nominee (1999, 2000, 2003, 2006)
  • Who's Who in American Law, 7th Edition
  • Selected for and participated in People to People Lawyer's Delegation to Scandinavia and Russia

Notable Quotes

  • 12 August 2016 "The 5 Worst Mistakes That New GCs Make" Law360
  • 1 October 2014 "Apple's Move Into Mobile Payments Fuels Debate on Need for Regulation" Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce and Law Report
  • 28 February 2013 "CFPB Casts Wide Net In Enforcement Shift" Law360
  • 26 February 2013 "High Court Ruling May Curb Debt Collection Lawsuits" Law360


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., Stone Moot Court Competition: Winner, Best Speaker, Best Overall Legal Writing Instructor
  • Howard University, B.A., cum laude

  • Pennsylvania

  • Supreme Court
  • State Superior Court - Pennsylvania

  • Co-Chair, Deposit Products and Payment Systems Subcommittee of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Chair, International Subcommittee, Consumer Financial Services Committee, American Bar Association
  • Chair, Internet Banking/Electronic Delivery Subcommittee, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Corporate Governance Subcommittee, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Deposit Account Control Task Force, American Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Legal Affairs Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania Bankers Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association