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Renee B. Appel

Associate

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5371
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Renée Appel is an associate in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Appel’s diverse clientele and cases have one critical element in common--the need for an innovative solution, which she can ably deliver. Whether it is a cosmetic company seeking compliance advice or a financial institution seeking early dismissal of a customer lawsuit, Ms. Appel is driven to find an efficient and effective result. Ms. Appel has a knack for problem solving, which begins with asking the right questions of her clients, interpreting the rules and regulations that apply to her client’s situation, and devising the best resolution. The scope of Ms. Appel’s work ranges from one side of the spectrum involving the proactive--risk management and regulatory compliance--and on the other side of the spectrum, the reactive--managing investigations and defending lawsuits.

Advertising, Marketing, and Product Liability

Ms. Appel represents members of the personal care products industry in litigation, including multidistrict litigation. She also counsels growing cosmetic and dietary supplement companies on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) compliance, including claim substantiation, marketing, and labeling requirements.

Consumer Financial Services and Securities Litigation

Ms. Appel regularly defends financial institutions in single-plaintiff and class action litigation involving Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the state deceptive acts and practices laws (UDAP), Securities Act, and Securities and Exchange Act. She has also worked with financial institutions in drafting and implementing written policies and procedures, including anti-money laundering and underwriting due diligence practices.  

White Collar Defense and Government Investigations

Ms. Appel has represented both companies and individuals in all phases of government and internal investigations as well as in enforcement proceedings.  Major representations include defending members of the financial industry subject to civil investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and criminal prosecution by various U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, defending broker-dealer representatives in investigations by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), defending a bank official in an investigation by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), and defending companies in FDA and FTC investigations and enforcement proceedings.

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Prior to joining Seyfarth, Ms. Appel worked for the largest law firm in Montgomery County, Maryland in the firm’s Government Investigations and Financial Regulatory Compliance practice groups. While in law school, Ms. Appel won the national Kaufman Securities Moot Court Competition after arguing before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and four federal judges. During her last year in law school, Ms. Appel represented investors in arbitration before FINRA through the law school's Investor Rights Clinic. She also worked at a national law firm focusing on commercial litigation and had the distinct honor of interning in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. In addition, Ms. Appel spent a summer interning in the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees in the DOJ.

Renée Appel is an associate in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Appel’s diverse clientele and cases have one critical element in common--the need for an innovative solution, which she can ably deliver. Whether it is a cosmetic company seeking compliance advice or a financial institution seeking early dismissal of a customer lawsuit, Ms. Appel is driven to find an efficient and effective result. Ms. Appel has a knack for problem solving, which begins with asking the right questions of her clients, interpreting the rules and regulations that apply to her client’s situation, and devising the best resolution. The scope of Ms. Appel’s work ranges from one side of the spectrum involving the proactive--risk management and regulatory compliance--and on the other side of the spectrum, the reactive--managing investigations and defending lawsuits.

Advertising, Marketing, and Product Liability

Ms. Appel represents members of the personal care products industry in litigation, including multidistrict litigation. She also counsels growing cosmetic and dietary supplement companies on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) compliance, including claim substantiation, marketing, and labeling requirements.

Consumer Financial Services and Securities Litigation

Ms. Appel regularly defends financial institutions in single-plaintiff and class action litigation involving Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the state deceptive acts and practices laws (UDAP), Securities Act, and Securities and Exchange Act. She has also worked with financial institutions in drafting and implementing written policies and procedures, including anti-money laundering and underwriting due diligence practices.  

White Collar Defense and Government Investigations

Ms. Appel has represented both companies and individuals in all phases of government and internal investigations as well as in enforcement proceedings.  Major representations include defending members of the financial industry subject to civil investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and criminal prosecution by various U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, defending broker-dealer representatives in investigations by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), defending a bank official in an investigation by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), and defending companies in FDA and FTC investigations and enforcement proceedings.

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Prior to joining Seyfarth, Ms. Appel worked for the largest law firm in Montgomery County, Maryland in the firm’s Government Investigations and Financial Regulatory Compliance practice groups. While in law school, Ms. Appel won the national Kaufman Securities Moot Court Competition after arguing before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and four federal judges. During her last year in law school, Ms. Appel represented investors in arbitration before FINRA through the law school's Investor Rights Clinic. She also worked at a national law firm focusing on commercial litigation and had the distinct honor of interning in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. In addition, Ms. Appel spent a summer interning in the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees in the DOJ.

Education

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, cum laude (2014)

  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude (2011)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Affiliations

  • The Nonprofit Village (Board of Directors)

Representative Engagements

  • Defended former chairman of Philadelphia area bank against TARP-fraud, investor fraud and back fraud charges brought by Justice Department, working in conjunction with the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Assets Relief Program (SIG -TARP) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • Convinced Securities Division of the Maryland Attorney General not to pursue action against off-shore company suspected of operating "pyramid scheme" in the United States.
  • Before going to hearing, obtained favorable settlement for home builder client in matter before the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General after winning Motion to Dismiss on half of the claims alleged against client.
  • Improved due diligence compliance for municipal securities underwriting groups after serving as independent consultant pursuant to SEC's order from Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative.
  • Obtained favorable settlement with FINRA and prevented enforcement action from advancing for dual broker-dealer and investment advisor representative who engaged in outside business activity and selling away; settlement involved reduced suspension period and fine so that client could maintain his current employment.
  • Convinced opposing counsel to drop complaint against former owner of broker-dealer firm in FINRA arbitration alleging malfeasance against the firm's broker-dealer representatives.
  • Counseled registered representative client who received letter from FINRA regarding Form U4 disclosure obligation failures and prevented FINRA from pursuing enforcement action against client.