Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Need a Good Lawyer? an Interview with Greg Taylor, ABA Senior Counsel

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Need a Good Lawyer? an Interview with Greg Taylor, ABA Senior Counsel

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ABABJ: At any one time, how many cases is ABA involved in?

Greg Taylor: About 28 to 30. We frequently participate in amicus briefs in support of the industry, and we'll occasionally get involved in litigation in which we're a party.

ABABJ: How do you choose the cases?

GT: The interesting thing about this process is that they don't let the lawyers make the decision. It goes to ABA's Executive Committee, and the bankers make the decision. Most times, the industry will come to us and we'll be asked to participate. There are times, however, when the case itself suggests our involvement--preemption, for example. Part of my job is to follow trends in litigation affecting the industry and try to stay ahead of the curve.

ABABJ: Is the breadth of the impact a factor?

GT: We try to pick cases that will touch most, if not all, of our members. Most recently, we've filed a brief in the lawsuit that was filed by TCF Financial challenging the Durbin Amendment on interchange.

ABABJ: What else does the General Counsel's Office do?

GT: Everything. We review every contract that's signed by anyone at ABA--it will amount to about 800 or so by year-end. Substantively, we provide legal support to help back up ABA's advocacy efforts. We answer banker questions. We provide legal support for ABA's products and banker solutions. We also handle in-house compliance and corporate governance issues--things like lobbying reports, HR work, intellectual property, and trademark questions.

ABABJ: How many lawyers are in the department?

GT: Five full-time positions and two part-time slots. …

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