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American Bankers Association Names Pinder as General Counsel


Thomas Pinder has been named general counsel for the American Bankers Association, the voice of the nation’s $21.1 trillion banking industry and its more than two million employees. Pinder has been with ABA since 2012, serving as the association’s deputy general counsel since 2017. He will manage and lead ABA’s legal operations including all matters related to corporate governance, business operations and litigation in support of the banking industry.

Pinder succeeds Dawn Causey as ABA’s ninth general counsel. Causey, who spent two decades at the association, is retiring this month after serving as general counsel since 2003. Pinder was selected after an extensive search process.

“Tom’s legal skills, depth of experience and understanding of the banking industry make him the ideal choice to serve as general counsel," said ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols. "As deputy general counsel, Tom has overseen all of our litigation and ensured that our advocacy efforts met or exceeded all requirements. He is well prepared to step into this critically important role."

“I appreciate the opportunity to lead our legal team and build on the strong foundation we have established at ABA,” Pinder said. “It’s been a privilege to work with Dawn, Rob, and all of my colleagues for the last eight years, and I look forward to serving our member banks in this new role."

As ABA’s deputy general counsel, Pinder oversaw ABA’s amicus practice, supervised all litigation, and managed legal issues related to ABA's advocacy and political engagement. Leveraging his regulatory expertise, he regularly advised member banks on their consumer lending and servicing businesses. In addition, Pinder managed intellectual property and patent issues for the association.

Prior to his time at ABA, Pinder worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as an enforcement counsel, where he litigated a range of complex cases for the agency and offered legal advice on regulatory rulemakings related to the Dodd-Frank Act, Financial Institute Recovery and Enforcement Act, Gramm-Leach Bliley Act, and the Federal Deposit Act. Before the FDIC, Pinder spent nearly ten years at the Justice Department as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal and Civil Rights Divisions. He began his legal career in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and also worked as a county prosecutor in Maryland.

Pinder was raised in a military family. He holds a juris doctor from the New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Rutgers College.


About the American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $24 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.9 trillion in deposits and extend $11.4 trillion in loans.

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