Claudia Callaway

Washington, DC Office
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Claudia Callaway is chair of Katten’s Consumer Finance Litigation practice and co-chair of the Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation practice. She focuses her practice on the defense of state and federal class actions regarding consumer protection and consumer finance laws and representation of clients before the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state banking agencies.

Claudia represents consumer lenders, third-party debt collectors and other consumer  financial services clients in class action suits and regulatory actions around the country. She frequently handles cases involving the Dodd-Frank Act, the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act.  She advises on state unfair and deceptive trade practices laws, and removal of class actions to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).

Claudia counsels clients on ways to prevent class action suits before they happen. She provides advice on numerous state and federal banking and consumer protection matters, including privacy, collections, credit reporting and usury issues, and assists clients with the enforcement of arbitration provisions and class action waivers.

In addition to her client responsibilities, Claudia served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law, taught in Georgetown’s Criminal Justice Clinic and acted as faculty advisor to the national champion Georgetown Patent & Copyright Moot Court Team.

Shown below is a selection of Claudia’s engagements.

  • Representation of client in connection with a consumer loan agreement. The district court enforced a class action waiver contained in the consumer loan agreement, rejecting claims of unconscionability under Pennsylvania or Delaware law. Fluke v. CashCall, Inc., E.D.Pa. Case No. 08-CV-5776 (May 21, 2009).
January 1, 2006
Counsel of Record, "Brief of Law Professors in Support of Petitioner," Amicus Curiae in Salim Ahmed Hamdan v. Donald H. Rumsfeld, et al., US Supreme Court
December 5, 2014
NYS DFS Publishes All BitLicense Comments; California Considers Regulation | Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 47
March 2, 2011
Speaker, Pick a Card, Any Card: Regulatory Environment for Prepaid Cards | The Mechanics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | Community Financial Services Association Annual Conference | Hollywood, Florida
November 7, 2010
Speaker, Consumer Arbitration Agreements: Balancing Business Certainty and Consumer Protection | Republican Attorneys General Association Fall National Meeting | New Orleans, Louisiana
March 1, 2009
Speaker, Federal Trade Commission | Community Financial Services Association Annual Meeting | Orlando, Florida
January 26, 2009
Speaker, Masters Class on Defending Against Borrower Class Actions in Federal Court - CAFA, Removal, Certification, Settlement and Beyond | American Conference Institute's 8th Annual Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions | New York, New York
March 7, 2008
Speaker, Current Major Issues for the Payday Advance Industry | Community Financial Services Association Annual Meeting | Las Vegas, Nevada
November 1, 2007
Speaker, Women in Management: How to Inspire Confidence | Georgia Association for Women Lawyers | Greensboro, Georgia
July 25, 2007
Speaker, Pay Day Lending? Benefits and Problems | Council of Western Attorneys General Annual Meeting | Anaheim, California
March 2, 2007
Speaker, The Landscape Beyond Payday: How Credit Card and Mortgage Trends in Legislation and Litigation Will Affect You in 2007 | Internet Top 10: Reg E, ACH Rules and Other Compliance Requirements for Internet Loans | Current Majors Issues in Payday Advance Litigation | Community Financial Services Association Annual Conference | Paradise Island, Bahamas


  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • BA, Bryn Mawr College

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia


  • American Bar Association, Business Law and Litigation Sections, Trial Practice Committee
  • Financial Literacy Project, Co-Founder
  • Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Board of Directors
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