TCH Annual Conference

Thomas G. Ward

Tom Ward is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP. He represents financial companies in matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Tom joined Sidley in 2021 directly from the CFPB, where he served as its Enforcement Director. He is one of only two CFPB Enforcement Directors in private practice. As the CFPB’s chief law enforcement officer, Tom was responsible for enforcing more than 20 consumer financial statutes and regulations, as well as the CFPB’s UDAAP authority. He was also responsible for overseeing the CFPB’s enforcement priorities, which he did under Republican and Democratic administrations. Prior to the CFPB, Tom served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, leading Consumer Protection, Torts, and Commercial branch matters. Tom is the only CFPB Enforcement Director to lead DOJ Consumer Protection branch matters, which is a key CFPB partner for criminal referrals arising from consumer financial cases and investigations.