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Ronald L. Rubin

Writer, (former CFPB Enforcement Attorney; former Chief Advisor on Regulatory Policy, House Financial Services Committee),


Ronald L. Rubin is an attorney, MBA, and writer in Washington, DC. He received his BA in Economics from Brandeis University, his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he met a young Republican professor named Elizabeth Warren.

Ron’s unusual career highlights include five years as a criminal prosecutor, where he was a deputy district attorney in South Central Los Angeles during the 1992 riots; seven years as an enforcement attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was the lead attorney in the prosecution of Steve Madden, aided by cooperating witness Jordan Belfort, the "Wolf of Wall Street;" and managing director at Bear Stearns, which had problems of its own.

In 2011 Ron moved to Washington to help Professor Warren build the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In 2013, as a partner at Hunton & Williams, he defended clients against the CFPB enforcement attorneys he had trained. In 2015, he left Hunton to become chief advisor on regulatory policy at the House Financial Services Committee, and then volunteered for Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign.

Ron’s three 2014 Street Journal op-eds include “How the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Really Did It” and “When Disparate Impact Bites Back,” an early critique of the CFPB’s attempt to regulate car dealer lending. His five 2016 Weekly Standard articles include “The Rogue Regulator,” which explained in layman’s terms the flaws in the CFPB’s disastrous indirect auto lending campaign, and “The Wells Fargo Case: This is Consumer Protection?”, which emboldened Republicans to challenge the CFPB’s self-serving account of that investigation. Ron’s December 2016 National Review feature article "The Tragic Downfall of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," an in-depth, 360-degree look at the agency, is among the most widely read ever written about the CFPB. He continues to publish influential articles in national media.

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