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David J. Wiese


Dave’s practice is focused on the banking and financial services industry. He routinely represents financial institutions on issues related to regulatory compliance and the development of consumer financial services and products. This includes work for state and national clients related to mortgage lending, retail installment credit, deposit products, payment cards, electronic delivery systems, regulatory relationships and enforcement actions. Dave has assisted numerous clients with respect to privacy and data security issues, including responses to cyber-security threats and data breaches. He also represents many clients in complex business arrangements, including those involving multi-state retail operations, a wide range of regulators and regulations, and the negotiation of contractual relationships with supporting vendors and business partners.

Dave is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Banking & Financial Institutions Group. With over 30 years of experience, he has developed a national reputation as a leader on issues that are important to the financial services industry. He is often called upon to testify at legislative hearings, speak to Boards on strategic planning concerns, and give educational seminars for industry and professional groups. Dave serves as outside General Counsel for the Connecticut Bankers Association. In this capacity, he is frequently involved in advocacy initiatives in Washington and elsewhere that involve critical concerns for the banking industry. He has been involved in the negotiation and drafting of hundreds of pieces of legislation (and many regulations) affecting the financial services industry. All of these experiences give Dave unique insights on what it takes to achieve a client’s business objectives, while keeping a careful eye on regulatory compliance as a core value.


Legislative Testimony

  • Testified on issues related to mortgage servicing practices, “robo- signing,” and the mortgage electronic recording system (MERS), before the Banks Committee and General Law Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (March 2012)
  • Testified on issues related to overdraft practices, before the Banks Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (2011)
  • Testified on issues related to foreclosures and statewide foreclosure mediation program, before the Banks Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (2010)
  • Testified on issues related to TARP and nationwide financial crisis, before the Banks Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (2009)
  • Testified on S.A.F.E. Act and the development of a nationwide licensing and registration system, before the Banks Committee of the Connecticut general assembly (2009)
  • Testified on issues related to subprime mortgage lending, before the Banks Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (2008)
  • Testified on data security and the Laws that govern the financial services industry, before the Banks Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly (2008)

Industry Initiatives, Representative Matters, & Clients

  • Represented multiple industry associations, along with credit card and debit card issuing banks, in a nationwide class action lawsuit against a major national retailer recovering losses associated with a massive data breach
  • Prepared talking points for meeting between bank leaders and President Obama (advocating for the community banking industry)
  • Infinex Financial Group – served as outside general counsel for over 15 years, during which time Infinex has grown to be one of the largest bank-owned providers of investment and insurance products in the nation (i.e., through networking programs with community banks)
  • Negotiated and drafted legislation to allow for the issuance of prepaid network branded gift cards in Connecticut
  • Negotiated and drafted proposed legislation to allow employers in Connecticut to pay wages via payroll cards
  • Negotiated and drafted legislation concerning the escheat of abandoned property held by financial institutions, including gift cards and stored value cards
  • Participated in multi-industry coalition to negotiate and draft data breach notification laws in Connecticut
  • Negotiated and drafted legislation to establish foreclosure mediation program in Connecticut (one of the first such programs in the nation)
  • Negotiated and drafted legislation to allow banks to sell insurance products in Connecticut
  • Negotiated and drafted legislation to combat abusive and predatory mortgage lending practices


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Co-Chair, Banking & Financial Institutions Group
    • Partner (2008-Present)
  • Connecticut School of Finance and Management
    • Instructor, Banking Law
  • Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP
    • Partner (1990-2008)
    • Co-Chair, Financial Services Group (1998-2008)
    • Associate (1983-1989)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2008-2019) Recognized for Financial Services Regulation Law

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Co-Chair, Privacy Task Force (2001-2004), Consumer Financial Services Committee, Banking Law Committee, Insurance and Investment Products Subcommittee, Chairman (1997-2001) and Cyberspace Law Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Financial Institutions Sections, Member, Chairman (2013-2015); Consumer Law Section, Member, Chairman (1991-1993)
  • Connecticut Bankers Association, General Counsel
  • Connecticut Banking Industry, Privacy Task Force, Chairman (2000-2001)
  • Connecticut Law Revision Commission, Task Force Committee, Chairman (1994)
  • Connecticut Mortgage Industry Task Force, Vice Chair (2008)
  • The Bank Compliance Association of Connecticut, Inc., Past Director, Member

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut, 1984

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Data Breach Response Preparedness Planning”, Bank Director Education Program Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Banking and The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (June 2015)
  • Speaker, “RESPA/TILA Integration and the Dawn of a New Era in Mortgage Lending”, Connecticut Bankers Association (June 2015)
  • Speaker, “Medical Marijuana and the Provision of Banking Services — It’s a Growing Concern”, Connecticut Bankers Association 2014 Annual Meeting (Scottsdale, Arizona – November 2014)
  • Speaker, “Managing the CFPB’s Regulatory Tidal Wave”, Bank Compliance Association of Connecticut 25th Anniversary Meeting (June 2014)
  • Speaker, “The CFPB’s Ability to Repay Rule – It’s a Brand New World For Compliance and Risk Management”, Connecticut Bankers Association (October 2013)
  • Speaker, “The New CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rules”, Connecticut Bankers Association (November 2013)
  • Speaker, “Patent Trolling and the Risks to Financial Institutions and Their Technology Partners”, Harland Financial Solutions Network of State and Federal Counsel 2013 Conference (Phoenix, Arizona – October 2013)
  • Speaker, “Lending Limit Considerations for Derivative Transactions – – The New Dodd-Frank Rules”, Boston Chapter of the Financial Managers Society (December 2012)

News & Insight


The New Connecticut LLC Act

June 21, 2017

The new Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (the “New CT LLC Act”) will be taking effect July 1, 2017. The New CT LLC Act is based on the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act adopted by the Uniform Laws Commission and replaces the Connec…

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