HB is proud to announce Kevin S. Willen, Esq., Vice President and Deputy Director, Regulatory Services, for U.S. Bancorp, will participate on two panels during the Nov. 9, 2012, HB conference titled Too Big to Litigate: A Judicial and Lawyers’ Forum on The New Paradigm of Cost-Driven Litigation Strategies. He will participate alongside in-house attorneys from Medtronic, Microsoft and 3M.

The program – which is complimentary for in-house counsel and members of the judiciary – was conceived and will be chaired by Hon. Janice M. Symchych (former), now a neutral at global mediation giant JAMS. Hon. Symchych is a former U.S. Magistrate Judge and former Deputy General Counsel at Medtronic.

Mr. Willen is a Vice President and Deputy Director of the Regulatory Services group for U.S. Bancorp in Washington, D.C. The group provides centralized support for numerous consumer-related federal examinations and projects, oversees the Bank’s response to federal regulatory consent orders, and provides expertise for various regulatory issues. Currently, Mr. Willen principally is supervising implementation of two mortgage default servicing-related consent orders and liaisoning with federal regulators and independent consultants for the Independent Foreclosure Review, an extensive residential foreclosure file analysis being conducted across the mortgage servicing industry.

Mr. Willen is a former counsel with Gilbert LLP, where he represented and advised corporate and individual clients regarding insurance recovery and complex commercial litigation. Before that he was with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells US LLP), where he represented the auto industry and other clients in individual and class actions consumer fraud/deceptive practice class actions and other complex commercial disputes. He earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from the Washington College of Law at American University where he served on the American University Law Review and received the Gillett Prize and the Stephen J. Wermiel Moot Court Award. He also previously served in officer positions on the Board of Directors for a national non-profit organization.

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, with $353 billion in assets as of June 30, 2012, is the parent company of two national banks, including U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,080 banking offices in 25 states and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.

HB welcomes Mr. Willen to this outstanding faculty.