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Brett Ashton is the Chair of Krieg DeVault’s Financial Institutions Practice. Mr. Ashton counsels a wide array of financial services providers, including credit unions, banks, auto lenders, consumer finance companies, small dollar lenders, payment processors, and premium finance companies. He advises financial institutions on complex bank acquisitions, litigation defense and avoidance strategies, strategic planning, new product development, negotiation and defense of regulatory enforcement actions, and general regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Ashton has significant experience with assisting credit unions in their acquisition of banks while navigating the complex regulatory challenges associated with these transactions.

Mr. Ashton is actively involved in a number of financial services trade associations, including the American Financial Services Association, where he is Counsel to the association's Personal Loan Committee and Ancillary Products Working Group, the Indiana Financial Services Association, where he serves as Executive Director and Counsel, and the Illinois Financial Services Association, where he serves as Executive Director and General Counsel.

He is a frequent author, and speaker on recent developments in the financial services industry, and has been involved in the development of laws impacting the consumer finance industry at the state and federal level for over twenty years. Prior to joining Krieg DeVault, Mr. Ashton served as an Assistant General Counsel for American International Group ("AIG"), where he was responsible for legislative and regulatory matters nationwide on behalf of the company’s multi-billion dollar financial services subsidiary.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully negotiated the withdrawal of a pending cease and desist order against auto finance lender with state regulator while preserving the client’s business model
  • Counseled payment processor active in sovereign lending industry  
  • Acted as co-counsel in complex bank fraud litigation 
  • Developed and drafted state consumer finance law designed to modernize industry operations 
  • Advised bank holding company in the development of a new loan originator compensation structure in compliance with new federal regulations while preserving their existing corporate compensation philosophy
  • Counseled banks on compliance with a wide variety of state and federal regulatory issues, including but not limited to, ECOA, TILA, RESPA, FCRA, OFAC, BSA, and the Patriot Act
  • Assisted non-bank lender in assessment of liability and proposed remedial action for systemic violations of TILA and Regulation Z
  • Assisted national bank in assessing liability for potential SCRA violations and proposed remedial plan
  • Counseled state chartered bank on allowable disclosure under BSA in connection with pending civil discovery demand
  • Assisted state chartered bank in development of document retention and E-Sign policies
  • Counseled state financial services trade association with respect to the development of a new state consumer installment lending law for non-bank clients seeking modernization of existing lending laws in their state
  • Advised state chartered community bank on modernization of existing treasury management services including ACH origination and related agreements
  • Served as co-counsel in defense of regional consumer finance lender in class action involving allegations of violations of state usury laws
  • Counseled bank holding company on regulatory implications of potential restructuring
  • Acted as counsel to Acquiring Party in Form A regulatory filing with the Indiana Department of Insurance to obtain approval for sale of Indiana domiciled insurer.
  • Acted as state legislative counsel to a national mortgage lending trade association

Professional Associations

  • Member, AFSA Mortgage Lending Committee 
  • Counsel, AFSA Ancillary Products Committee 
  • Member, American Bar Association 
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association 
  • Member, Indianapolis Bar Association 
  • Member, Government Affairs Society of Indiana 

Seminars & Presentations

  • Article, "Regulatory Landscape Remains "Uncertain" in Factoring Industry", Commercial Factor Magazine, International Factoring Association, May 3, 2023
  • Co-presenter, "Are We in a Banking Crisis? What the Silicon Valley and Signature Banks’ Failure Tell Us About the Future of Financial Institutions", Krieg DeVault Podcast Series, April 13, 2023
  • Presenter, "State Regulation of the Factoring Industry - How to Comply with the Latest State Laws and Regulations Impacting Factors," International Factoring Association, April 6, 2023
  • Presenter, "Financial Services Regulatory Developments: What Your Clients Need to Know in 2023," Meritas Financial Services Practice Group Meeting, March 2023
  • Presenter, “Arbitration Clauses: Things Every Financial Institution Should Consider Before Agreeing to Arbitrate,” Krieg DeVault Webinar, June 23, 2021
  • "The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act", Krieg DeVault LLP Financial Institutions Webinar Series, September 2018
  • "Banking Regulation and Compliance", Banking Law and Regulation, (ICLEF), October 2017
  • "The OCC Fintech Special Purpose National Bank Charter - What is it, and what does it mean for the future of state licensing?," American Financial Services Association Winter Law/State Government Affairs Meeting, 2017
  • "Latest Developments in Financial Services Law: A Recap Of Key Issues Impacting All Financial Institutions That Occurred in 2016, and What Is Next in 2017,"  Meritas Capability Webinar, 2016
  • "The CFPB Proposed Rule On Payday and Small Dollar Lending - What It Means To Traditional Installment Lender," Kentucky Financial Services Association Webinar, 2016
  • "The CFPB Proposed Rule On Payday and Small Dollar Lending - What It Means To Traditional Installment Lender," Ohio Financial Services Association Webinar, 2016
  • “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Regulations, Regulations, and more Regulations……,” Education Finance Council Annual Meeting, 2011
  • "2010 Financial Regulatory Reform: What You Need to Know Now!," Indiana Bankers Association, 2010
  • "Financial Reform Implications for the Consumer Credit Industry," State Government Affairs and Legal Issues Forum, 2010



  • J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2000
    • Order of Barristers
  • B.S. in Pre-Professional English, Academic Honors, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1994

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Indiana (2000)
  • Illinois (2017)


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