Bold, Brilliant, Accomplished: Obrea Poindexter

Obrea Poindexter is a partner in MoFo’s Washington, D.C. office. She serves as co-chair of the Financial Services Practice Group, heads the firm’s Mobile Payments Group, and is co-chair of the FinTech Group.

She is one of many Bold, Brilliant, and Accomplished women partners at MoFo:

Describe your current practice.

My practice focuses on financial services regulation. I advise large financial institutions, retailers, and other non-financial card issuers (technology companies, for example) on financial privacy issues, consumer lending issues, debit cards, prepaid cards, electronic banking, and payments systems issues. I also advise clients on issues related to emerging payments systems, such as mobile payment systems and person-to-person payments.

What do you love about your work?

Ever since the financial crisis, there has been constant change in my practice. I enjoy assisting clients with complex and challenging issues that are not squarely addressed in the law. It is rewarding to help clients fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Also, the FinTech industry is evolving quickly, and I’m constantly learning. It takes hours to stay current, but it’s why I continue to enjoy what I do. I love learning.

What makes MoFo special?

MoFo truly values the unique perspective and individual background that every client and MoFo lawyer brings to a particular project. The firm also offers amazing support via mentoring and professional development.

Why did you become a lawyer? 

As a child I thought I wanted to become a lawyer, but I loved economics in college, so I changed course. One summer in college I worked at the Federal Reserve Board as a research assistant, but the job involved more number-crunching than I had expected. I was all ready to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and become an economist, but I applied to law school instead. After graduating, I became a law clerk in the Fed’s legal division and helped write consumer financial laws involving debit, credit, and prepaid cards.

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