Jolina C. Cuaresma


For over 15 years, Ms. Cuaresma has worked on the full range of regulatory and legislative matters facing financial institutions and those who do business with them. As a Federal regulator, she conducted investigations and brought related enforcement actions, and oversaw supervision examinations. She played a leading role in promulgating consumer finance rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act). Her legislative experience includes advising clients on Hill matters such as preparing witnesses for testimony before congressional oversight committees, drafting witness statements, and evaluating proposed bills. As a white collar and securities attorney, she represented clients in matters before the Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Securities Exchange Commission, and FINRA. Her experience handling government and internal investigations for Fortune 50 companies has been critical in her work developing compliance management systems for start-up fintech companies. Ms. Cuaresma has particular expertise in administrative law, fintech, data and privacy, student loan servicing, automobile financing, debt collection, credit reporting, and fair lending.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Cuaresma graduated from GE’s Financial Management Program with Corporate Honors. After law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Benson Everett Legg in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Ms. Cuaresma then joined the Securities Enforcement and Litigation groups in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. She then served as a Federal regulator for over five years before returning to private practice to help build White & Case LLP’s Financial Institutions Advisory practice.

Ms. Cuaresma is currently a Fellow and Supervising Attorney with Georgetown University Law Center’s Federal Legislation Clinic. Her seminar classes focus on policymaking through statutory implementation. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, serving as a Consumer Fellow in the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section.


J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (2003)
B.S. in Business Administration, School of Management, Boston University (1998)
B.A. in Economics, College of Arts & Sciences, Boston University (1998)