Daniel McKenna > Ballard Spahr LLP > Philadelphia, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
1735 MARKET STREET, 51ST FLOOR
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103-7599
PENNSYLVANIA
United States
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Position

Partner and Practice Co-Leader of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group

Career

Daniel JT McKenna is a litigator who focuses on consumer financial services, privacy and data security, and mortgage banking. He serves as Practice Co-Leader of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Group.

In his consumer financial services practice, Dan represents clients in individual and class litigation and arbitration in mortgage, credit card, debt collection, auto loan, and servicing matters. His clients include banks and nonbank lenders, mortgage lenders and servicers, third-party service providers, auto lenders, and repossession companies.

Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Memberships

American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services, Vice Chair of Programming, 2016-present

Temple American Inn of Court, Membership Chair

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, former Executive Committee member

Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, former Executive Committee member

Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, former Executive Committee member, Mentorship Co-Chair, and American Bar Association Liaison

Ballard Spahr Hiring Committee, 2010-present

Ballard Spahr Diversity Committee, 2006-2010

Ballard Spahr Associates’ Committee, Chair, 2006-2008

Wills for Heroes Foundation, President

Clarifi (nonprofit that assists consumers struggling with debt and provides financial literacy programs to help them gain control of their finances)

Temple Law Alumni Association, former Executive Committee member

Variety: The Children’s Charity, Young Variety Division, former Executive Committee member

Education

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2004)
Symposium Editor, The Political and Civil Rights Law Review; published major symposium, “Vision and Revision: The Fourteenth Amendment;” Member, National Trial Team (Regional Champion, 2004); President, Student Bar Association

The Catholic University of America (B.A., cum laude, 1999)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Financial services regulation

Ballard Spahr LLP has a very broad practice across the consumer finance space. In addition to its work advising clients in traditional sectors such as mortgage lending, student loans and medical financing, the practice is frequently engaged by fintech clients as well as by companies using AI and ‘big data’. The team’s regulatory advice includes assisting clients in compliance with the Truth In Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, CFPB rules and state-level legislation such as the California Consumer Privacy Act. The practice is jointly led by Christopher Willis in Atlanta, and Mark Furletti and Daniel McKenna in Philadelphia. New York-based Judy Mok was promoted to partner in July 2021.

United States > Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation

Ballard Spahr LLP is widely recognized by peers for its expertise in the consumer lending space. The practice is highly active in government relations matters, representing clients facing investigations by federal regulators as well as by state-level attorneys general and regulators across the country. The team is also regularly engaged by clients to handle class actions, with particular focuses on student lending matters and alleged breaches of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The firm’s compliance and litigation practices are integrated, with Christopher Willis, Mark Furletti and Daniel McKenna leading the combined consumer financial services group. Alan Kaplinsky and Stefanie Jackman are also key figures in the team, with Jackman focused on debt collection and Kaplinsky specialising in matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kaplinsky, Furtelli and McKenna are based in Philadelphia, while Jackman and Willis are based in Atlanta.