Gabriela Menna Barreto ScanlonBoard Member
Special Counsel, AkermanWashington, DC

Gabriela Menna Barreto Scanlon is a member of the Consumer Financial Services, Data and Technology (CFS+) Practice Group, counseling clients at every stage of corporate life, from multinational banks engaging with regulators and defending lawsuits to start-ups securing seed funding and developing a strong compliance framework.

Gabriela is an experienced litigator and white-collar attorney, as well as a dual-qualified lawyer, admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., New York, and Brazil. She regularly defends financial services providers against individual and class claims brought pursuant to RESPA, TILA, FCRA, FDCPA, and TCPA. She can efficiently navigate different legal systems and provide clients with innovative legal strategies and techniques.

Gabriela also focuses on complex cross-border civil litigation and government enforcement defense matters, with an emphasis on Latin America. She has extensive experience assisting clients with the enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments and arbitration awards in the U.S., as well as related cross-border asset tracing and recovery. Gabriela also represents clients in all aspects of offensive and defensive litigation matters brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other investigative agencies related to allegations of financial fraud and violations the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Before joining Akerman, Gabriela was the founding partner of her boutique litigation firm, having represented former high-net-worth individuals and corporations in complex government enforcement and cross-border litigation matters. She was also an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of an AmLaw 20 firm, and a local attorney at the Sao Paulo office of another AmLaw 20 firm where she practiced corporate law.

Hispanic National Bar Foundation

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