B. Knox Dobbins: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

B. Knox Dobbins

B. Knox Dobbins

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Practice Areas

  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy
  • Energy Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Insurance
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8053
Fax: 404-853-8806
University Cornell University, A.B., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
Admitted1976, Georgia

Professional Activities
Member, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Truth in Lending, Subcommittee on Privacy and Pro Bono Executive Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
Alumnus, Leadership Atlanta

BornDecatur, Georgia, January 12, 1951

A banking and finance lawyer for more than 35 years, Knox Dobbins counsels banks, nonbank lenders and insurance companies on banking, consumer financial services and restructuring matters. Knox advises consumer finance companies on compliance and privacy matters and participates in restructurings and financings across the country. He has guided banks, nonbank lenders and national retail chains in administering credit programs and has helped these clients confront successive new disclosure, fee and interest, privacy and credit access regimes.

Understanding that effective compliance efforts are influenced by regulatory relationships, Knox has developed contacts with legacy bank regulators, state credit offices and insurance commissioners with jurisdiction over installment lending. He monitors consumer financial legal developments, especially regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and advises clients on compliance issues. He co-authored a guide entitled The Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 published by NorthLaw and founded www.CFPAguide.com, the Sutherland website that provides real-time updates on CFPA.

Selected Experience
Sutherland represents SMEPA on the purchase of LSP's Batesville facility.

Sutherland assists banks and consumer finance companies with alternative financial service products.

Sutherland represents a client with a commitment to provide convertible debenture financing.

Awards and Rankings
Recognized as Atlanta Lawyer of the Year in LBOs and Private Equity by The Best Lawyers in America (2012)

Recipient, H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award, State Bar of Georgia (2001)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of banking law (1995-2011) and leveraged buyouts and private equity law (1995-2014)

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CFPA Guide


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CFPB Warns Credit Card Companies About Potential UDAAP Violations When Marketing Promotional Interest Rates
Keith J. Barnett,B. Knox Dobbins,Brian M. Murphy,Robert J. Pile,Lewis S. Wiener, September 11, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a bulletin on September 3, 2014 warning credit card companies that marketing materials for promotional annual percentage rate (APR) offers may be in violation of the unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) provisions of the...

Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”
Thomas M. Byrne,Brenna Clark,Adam B. Cohen,Nikola R. Djuric,B. Knox Dobbins, June 23, 2014
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not excluded from a bankruptcy estate on that basis. That exemption...

Department of Labor Issues Interim Final Employee Whistleblower Rule Under the Consumer Financial Protection Act
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas R. Bundy,B. Knox Dobbins,Charles M. Kruly,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, April 11, 2014
On April 4, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Interim Final Rule establishing procedures concerning the manner in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will address employee whistleblower complaints under the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA). The...

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B. Knox Dobbins

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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