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Lisa Lanham

Lisa Lanham

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Lisa Lanham

Partner
Alston & Bird LLP

Lisa Lanham handles complex financial services matters related to the federal approvals and state licenses needed to engage in business. Her clients include residential and commercial mortgage lenders, brokers and servicers, loan fulfillment providers, student and consumer loan originators and servicers, and investors that engage in secondary market activities. Lisa also advises FinTech companies on obtaining and maintaining required licenses and approvals.
Lisa leverages her working relationships with key regulators, including the New York State Department of Financial Services, to counsel her clients through obtaining and maintaining licenses and approvals, completing on-site and off-site audits and examinations, explaining sensitive disclosure issues, and reporting changes of ownership, executive management, and qualifying individuals.
As a member of several industry working groups, Lisa is proficient in all aspects of the NMLS, including submissions and amendments of company and branch application forms and electronic surety bonds, transitions of state licenses to the NMLS, renewals of state licenses, submissions of mortgage call reports and money services business call reports, and coordination of larger transactions affecting multiple state licenses.
Lisa is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© “Ones to Watch” for her work in Corporate Governance and Compliance Law.

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management?
State Licensing & Regulatory Compliance for a variety of regulated industries

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
I welcome growth in all areas of my practice

What three keywords best describe you?
Dedicated, forward-thinking, knowledgeable

Personal Motto:
It always seems impossible until it's done. You can do it.

What are you passionate about?
I am a true-born "nature freak." Give me an open sky and a river to fish in any day of the week, and I'm a happy gal.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
My main mode of transportation is my Harley Davidson, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Who has been a role model for you?
Before I went to law school, I worked as a paralegal for two female attorneys, Karen Gelernt and Shanell Cramer. Watching them grow and flourish in their practices was really inspiring, and they are the reason that I decided to go to law school. We are all partners together at Alston & Bird now!

What are you most proud of?
I think I am most proud that my daughters watched me "grow up" into a partner at Alston & Bird. I'm proud that I get to be an example for them that you can be an accomplished woman in a male-dominated field.

MENTORING:
a. What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Active engagement by both the mentor and mentee, and a willingness to share and receive honest feedback

b. What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Put on your "client hat" and be the lawyer you would want to have, if the shoe were on the other foot.

c. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career
If you put in the time and effort, it will work out. Be patient with yourself.