Maurice Wutscher Opens Atlanta Office, Adds Attorney D. Sharmin Arefin

National financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP has opened a new office in Atlanta, hiring financial services attorney D. Sharmin Arefin to lead the firm’s Georgia litigation and regulatory compliance matters.

Arefin will practice in the firm’s Consumer Credit Litigation, Regulatory Compliance, Employment Litigation, and Commercial Litigation groups.

She joins Maurice Wutscher’s skilled team of litigators who specialize in appellate matters, business formation and transactions, class action litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation, consumer credit litigation, contested bankruptcies, contested foreclosures, employment and civil litigation, insurance recovery and advisory services, intellectual property litigation, and regulatory compliance, in offices throughout the United States.

Sharmin ArefinArefin has substantial litigation experience regarding claims arising under federal and state consumer protection statutes. She also has significant experience in the areas of automobile advertising and sales practices, mortgage related repurchase demands and litigation, contested foreclosures, and employment related investigations and litigation.

Before entering private practice, Arefin served as a deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey where she represented the state in both litigation and non-litigation matters, including mediation, on behalf of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). She was the first deputy attorney general assigned to lead the Essex County Family Drug Court Pilot Program.

She then served as a staff attorney for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection where she directed investigations and enforcement actions under the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act.

For several years before joining Maurice Wutscher, she practiced in the mortgage lending litigation and regulatory compliance fields with a well-known mortgage lending law firm.

Arefin is a frequent speaker and author on topics relevant to business law and regulatory compliance.

She is an active member of the Automotive Resource Network, serving as a committee chairperson in 2015.

She currently serves the American Bar Association as a committee director and member of the editorial board for Business Law Today. She is a member of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and is vice chair of the Diversity Task Force for the Business Law Section’s Consumer Financial Services Committee.

Arefin received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Rutgers University and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Georgia, New York and New Jersey.

Maurice Wutscher’s Atlanta office is located at 40 Technology Parkway, Suite 202, Norcross, Georgia 30092. Sharmin Arefin may be reached at (678) 278-8322 or via email at sarefin@MauriceWutscher.com.

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Donald Maurice provides counsel to the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in the state and federal courts in individual and class actions. He has successfully argued before the Third, Fourth and Eighth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals, and has represented the financial services industry before several courts including as counsel for amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court. He counsels clients in regulatory actions before the CFPB, and other federal and state regulators and in the development and testing of debt collection compliance systems. Don is peer-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers. In addition to being a frequent speaker and author on consumer financial services law, he serves as legal counsel to DBA International and as chair of the ABA's Bankruptcy and Debt Collection Subcommittee. He serves on the governing Board of Regents of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and on the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law .