Heryka R. Knoespel Associate

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Heryka counsels clients through pre-litigation disputes, litigation, investigations, enforcement, and regulatory matters. Heryka has significant experience representing clients across a broad spectrum, which positions her well to oversee industry-wide trends and advise clients on anticipated issues.

Heryka manages complex litigation, with particular focus in financial services 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 her clients on regulatory matters. Heryka is experienced in helping clients navigate oversight by regulators, including supervision, investigation, and enforcement. Heryka also counsels clients on the regulatory issues associated with marketing and providing products and services in non-English languages to consumers. Heryka can speak to industry practices as she has experience managing the day-to-day operations of Spanish legal review for several clients, including a global financial services firm and banking institution. Heryka advises on state foreign-language disclosure laws, fair lending, and unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP).

As a native Spanish speaker, Heryka works on diverse litigation and regulatory matters for clients servicing Spanish-speaking clientele in the United States and for multinational clients with operations in Latin America and Spain. Because of Heryka’s language skills, she is able to conduct interviews and review documents in Spanish without the use of any third-party interpreter and translation services.

Heryka maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly volunteers with local nonprofit organizations. The Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy has recognized her in its “Attorney Spotlight” for her dedication to pro bono service.

Experience

  • Provide oversight and training for attorneys nationwide handling litigation matters for a national bank.
  • Obtained voluntarily dismissal of our client, a multinational investment management and wealth management company, from a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme-related lawsuit filed in federal court.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of our client, a national bank, from a lawsuit alleging violations of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act filed in federal court.
  • Obtained dismissal at the motion to dismiss stage for our client, a major financial institution, on various lawsuits filed with allegations relating to wire transfers.
  • Represented broker-dealer and other financial institutions in complex probate and non-probate disputes over ownership of brokerage and bank accounts in multiple states.
  • Successfully negotiated a non-compete agreement and obtained the return of the client files from a former employee that stole client files and then went to work for a competitor.
  • Conducted investigations for multinational companies that included Spanish-language employee interviews and large-scale document reviews.
  • Advise clients on marketing, disclosures, and contracts in Spanish.
  • Advise clients on servicing limited English proficiency (LEP) consumers.
  • Represented entities in responding to Potential Action and Request for Response (PARR) letters issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Represented entities in the Notice and Opportunity to Respond and Advise (NORA) process before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.