Former FTC executive joins industry leading compliance law firm

Hanover Maryland -- Hudson Cook, LLP, a nationwide provider of legal compliance services for the financial services industry, announces the addition of Joel Winston as a partner in its Washington, DC office. Mr. Winston brings over 35 years experience in all aspects of consumer finance law and public policy with special emphasis on privacy, identity theft, data security and credit reporting.

“Joel’s extensive experience with consumer financial services regulation, privacy law, and advertising law will be a great addition to our practice,” explained Hudson Cook Chairman Tom Hudson.  “His stellar reputation and depth of experience, along with his focus on finding innovative solutions that benefit our clients and their customers, is a great fit with the culture of our firm.”

Mr. Winston began his career at the Federal Trade Commission, working there from 1976 to 2011.  He has held senior positions in the FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices, the Division of Financial Practices, and the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, a new unit he helped create. As the director of the Division of Financial Practices, he was responsible for protecting consumers of financial products and services through law enforcement, rulemaking, policy development and public outreach.  He has been involved in the development of significant public policies, including several provisions of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act.  He served as a member of the President’s Identity Theft Task Force and is a recipient of the 2008 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive.
Joel received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.  He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), a credential issued by the International Association of Privacy Professionals and a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, an honor “limited to those lawyers . . . who have achieved preeminence in the field of consumer financial services law and who have made repeated and substantial contributions to the promotion of learning and scholarship in consumer financial services law.”

About Hudson Cook, LLP
Hudson Cook, LLP is a 45-lawyer consumer financial services law firm with offices in California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. The firm represents many of the nation’s top banks, savings associations, holding companies, finance companies and mortgage bankers, auto dealers, trade associations, insurance and securities companies, investment banks and "e-commerce" firms, including several Fortune 500 companies. Hudson Cook's related Internet publishing company,, offers online compliance database and update services, including industry standards CARLAW and HouseLaw. For more information regarding the law firm and the publishing company, call Tom Hudson at 410-865-5411 or visit online at and