Alexandra Villarreal O'Rourke


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  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, Executive Editor, Harvard Latino Law Review, 2008
  • Queen’s University Belfast, LLM, International Human Rights and Criminal Justice, 2004
  • The University of Texas at Austin, BBA, Finance Honors, B.A. in Plan II, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, 2003
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • Spanish

Alexandra’s practice focuses on financial services litigation as well as state and federal financial regulatory matters and investigations, including actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). She also has significant expertise on Fintech regulatory matters, and co-leads the firm’s Fintech industry group.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Alexandra was Senior Counsel with the CFPB’s Office of Law & Policy in Washington D.C., where she advised the bureau on numerous enforcement and supervision matters. She served as the legal division’s team lead in several rulemaking proceedings and in fair lending civil-rights matters. Alexandra also advised the Bureau on Fintech and alternative credit data issues, issues pertaining to consumers with limited English proficiency, and diversity and inclusion matters.Through her work at the CFPB, Alexandra engaged extensively with other financial regulators and government agencies.

Alexandra also served as an attorney with the Office of the Legal Adviser with the U.S. Department of State, where she advised State on both trial and appellate litigation matters concerning national security and immigration. During that time Alexandra received a superior achievement award and two meritorious achievement awards.

Alexandra is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. She served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Allyson Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Honorable Legrome Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As a law student at Harvard Law School, she was a Truman Scholar, Soros Scholar, Harvard Post-Graduate Research Fellow, a Sheldon Travel Fellow, and a recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Hall of Fame – Brillante Award. Alexandra also served as executive editor for the Harvard Latino Law Review and co-founder of the Harvard Law School Immigration Project.

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