Heryka R. Knoespel Associate

Heryka's practice focuses on Financial Services litigation, including consumer finance litigation and multidistrict litigation. She is experienced in representing and advocating for clients in federal, state, and administrative courts. She has made court and administrative appearances on behalf of clients in all procedural phases, including dispositive motions, through trial.

Heryka also advises on regulatory and enforcement trends affecting Limited English Proficiency consumers. She counsels clients on a variety of issues including state foreign-language disclosure laws, fair lending, and unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP). Currently, she manages the day-to-day operations of Spanish legal review for a global financial services firm and banking institution.

As a native Spanish speaker, she regularly uses her language skills to assist clients whose legal needs require Spanish fluency. Heryka majored in Spanish and Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with highest distinction and received the Sterling Stoudemire Award as the most outstanding student in Spanish.

In law school, Heryka served as Lead Articles Editor of the Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice and as the President of the Latin American Law Students Association. Additionally, Heryka was the recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association Award, which recognizes excellence in student clinical work.

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, JD, Editorial Board, Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, 2014
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, with Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 2010

Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018, 2019

  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Spanish
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