Renowned legal expert Jennifer Williams joins SW&M LLP as Of Counsel, strengthening the firm’s financial institution law practice

GLENDALE, CA (July 12, 2023)SW&M LLP, a leading law firm focusing on the financial services industry, proudly announces the addition of Jennifer Williams, an esteemed legal professional with over 15 years of experience, to its team of accomplished attorneys. Jennifer will serve as Of Counsel, bringing her exceptional expertise in credit union law, regulatory compliance, privacy and cybersecurity, lending, audit, enterprise risk management, as well as fraud and loss prevention.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Williams to our team. Jennifer’s extensive background and knowledge make her a valuable addition to our firm and will greatly benefit our clients. Jennifer’s commitment to community involvement and her dedication to making a positive impact align perfectly with our firm’s values. We are confident that Jennifer’s presence will further elevate our capabilities and strengthen our position as a leading authority in the financial services industry,” said Steve Balian, SW&M Managing Partner.

Prior to joining SW&M, Jennifer held various positions at prominent broker dealers in New York, NY, establishing a solid foundation in financial services law. In 2011, she embarked on a new chapter in her career, transitioning to the credit union industry. Jennifer began her journey as the Chief Legal Counsel for Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs, CO, where she played a pivotal role in shaping the institution’s legal structure. She later assumed the position of Vice President of Risk Management at California Coast Credit Union in San Diego, CA, further honing her expertise in risk mitigation strategies. Most recently, Jennifer served as the General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer for Frontwave Credit Union in Oceanside, CA, where she provided guidance in navigating legal complexities.

Recognized for her industry knowledge, Jennifer is a highly sought-after speaker at credit union conferences, sharing her insights on various legal and regulatory matters. She remains dedicated to elevating the credit union movement and actively engages with civic organizations, making a positive impact beyond her professional responsibilities.

Jennifer holds Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, History, and Political Science, obtained her Juris Doctor (JD) from Indiana University School of Law and has licenses to practice in Colorado and New York.

“I am honored to join the team at SW&M. I am excited about the opportunity to collaborate with such a well-rounded group of attorneys. I look forward to working closely with the team to deliver innovative solutions. Together, we will continue to strengthen SW&M’s position as a trusted advisor in the financial services industry, while making a positive impact on the communities we serve,” said Jennifer.

Jennifer Williams

About SW&M LLP

Styskal, Wiese & Melchione, LLP (“SW&M”) is a transactional based, boutique law firm dedicated to representing hundreds of financial institutions nationwide. SW&M offers its clients unsurpassed expertise, service, and exceptional counsel on the broad range of issues affecting the banking and financial industry. The firm’s practice areas encompass a full range of legal representation, including issues related to corporate governance, regulatory compliance, employment, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, real estate, technology contracts, intellectual property, member accounts, and chartering and field of membership.


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