Brett M. Kitt

Of Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Emerging Technology
  • Financial Institutions
  • Consumer Finance and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.533.2359
Fax: 202.331.3101
University Tufts University, B.A., International Relations, cum laude, 1998; Certificate, Chinese, Mandarin, Capital Normal University School of Foreign Languages
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2003 Member, Law & Policy in International Business, Board Member, International Law Society
Admitted2004, New York; 2005, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
LanguagesChinese (Mandarin), Conversational; Spanish, Conversational
BornNew York, August 24, 1977

Brett M. Kitt focuses his practice on consumer financial regulatory matters, including examinations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau), civil investigative demands, enforcement actions and related regulatory compliance. He advises clients on the legal status, organizational structure and operational authorities of the CFPB, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Department) and other governmental agencies.

Prior to joining the firm, Brett was Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the CFPB. He worked at the CFPB since its inception to help build out the Bureau and its various offices and programs, and to draft its policies and regulations. There, he represented the Bureau in litigation and congressional oversight matters and assisted clients in the design of various programs, policies and procedures. While at the CFPB, he was a leader in the development of the Bureau's regulations, policies, systems and agreements regarding the privacy of consumer information and the confidential treatment of the Bureau's supervisory, law enforcement, and market monitoring information and data.

Prior to joining the CFPB, Brett was counsel at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, defended the Department in litigation and congressional oversight matters stemming from the financial crisis. He also advised on matters related to the legal status, organizational structure and operational authorities of the department and other agencies, including the Financial Stability Oversight Commission and the Office of Financial Research. Prior to joining the government, Brett was an associate at a New York-based law firm.

Professional Experience

Significant Representations

· Represented the board of directors of Fannie Mae in a two-year internal investigation into allegations that Fannie Mae manipulated its earnings and accounted improperly for the value of its mortgage-backed securities and derivative instruments. Interviewed board members and executives and drafted a key section of the 700-page investigative report that resulted in $6.4 billion earnings restatement and a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee.°

· Investigated allegations that Latin American subsidiaries of a U.S. electronics manufacturer bribed foreign officials to obtain foreign government contracts and to influence the outcome of administrative proceedings. Created an investigative plan, worked with forensic investigators to search corporate computers, oversaw document review, interviewed witnesses and presented findings to the client.°

· Defended MasterCard against a multibillion-dollar price fixing and monopolization claims brought by merchant and consumer classes in numerous federal and state courts. Advised clients about litigation strategies, deposed witnesses, drafted briefs and motions, supervised review of more than seven million pages of documents and worked with antitrust economics experts.°

· Counseled Time Warner Cable in rulemaking proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), including proceedings to determine the proper regulatory framework for cable television providers that also provide telephone and Internet services to customers.°

· Represented SES Americom in its request that the FCC impose conditions upon rival satellite companies' proposed merger.°

· Advised Korean client on $4.9 billion purchase of the Bobcat vehicle business from Ingersoll-Rand. Conducted due diligence of asbestos litigation liabilities and negotiated liability assumption agreements.°

· Represented D.C. Appleseed in its efforts to lobby Mayor Adrian Fenty and the Washington, D.C. Board of Education to adopt an enhanced curriculum for HIV/AIDS education in the Washington, D.C. public schools.°

· Investigated international law of genocide on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations as part of a study of the proper legal classification of the Turkish massacre of Armenians during World War I.°

· Drafted a motion to dismiss Korea's first-ever products liability class action lawsuit.°

° The above representations were handled by Mr. Kitt prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Legal Experience

· Senior Counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 2011-2013

· Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of the General Counsel, 2009-2011

· Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, 2003-2009


· Law Clerk, U.S. Agency for International Development, Summer 2001


· Special Assistant, Office of the U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli, December 1999-August 2000

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

While at the CFPB, Brett frequently lectured at both external and internal events, including speeches to the EDGE eDiscovery Summit and the Privacy Coalition as well as bureau-wide training programs.

· Co-Author, "Does Asian Satellite Regulation Need Reform?" ITU Telecom Asia, 2004

· Author, "Downsizing Korea? The Difficult Demise of the Lifetime Employment and the Prospects for Further Reform," 34 Law & Policy in International Business 537, Winter 2003


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CFPB Enters Consent Order with National Bank Regarding Alleged Mortgage Servicing Misconduct
Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, July 8, 2014
On June 17th, the CFPB, along with Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and attorneys general in 49 states and the District of Columbia, filed a proposed consent order in federal court that would resolve allegations of mortgage servicing misconduct at a...

The CFPB Adds Mobile Financial Services to its Contact List; Providers of Such Services Should Be Prepared to Answer the Call
Brett M. Kitt, July 8, 2014
In an attempt to understand and position itself to respond to technological innovations that are occurring in the consumer financial services market, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a public request for information regarding the use by consumers of mobile electronic...

CFPB Begins to Study Mobile Banking
Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, June 24, 2014
On June 11th, the CFPB announced the initiation of an inquiry into consumer issues presented by the use of mobile financial services. The CFPB issued a request for information (RFI) in order to aid its exploration of “how mobile technologies are impacting unbanked and underserved consumers...

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2101 L St., N.W., Suite 1000
WashingtonDC 20037


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