Travis Nelson is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Business Section who focuses his practice on serving financial institutions, and their directors and officers, in corporate M&A and other transactions, regulatory compliance (including consumer finance and non-consumer regulations), federal and state enforcement actions, internal investigations and defense of financial services class action litigation.
A significant portion of Mr. Nelson's practice is devoted to defending financial institutions in examinations, investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and state regulators. In addition, Mr. Nelson advises financial institutions and other business on cannabis and hemp banking and commerce.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Nelson served in the Enforcement Division of the OCC, the bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury that regulates federally chartered banks, where he conducted extensive investigations into, and prosecuted enforcement actions against financial institutions and their insiders regarding violations of federal banking laws.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Nelson is an active member of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Banking Law Committee, is a frequent writer and speaker on bank regulation, and is adjunct faculty at the Villanova University Law School and Temple University Law School, where he teaches Financial Institutions Regulation. Mr. Nelson is a former co-editor of the ABA's Banking Law Committee Journal, former chair of the Banking Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the current chair of the Banking and Commercial Finance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
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