At the recent Annual Meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Travis Nelson was re-elected Chair of the Banking Law Section. Travis, a partner in the firm’s Princeton and Philadelphia offices, previously served as Vice Chair and Secretary of the Banking Law Section.  Upon his re-election, Travis noted: “Over the course of the past year, we have increased the size of our Section’s leadership team, added new junior attorneys to help usher-in the next generation of banking law professionals, and worked to build partnerships with other stakeholders around the bar association and the region.”  Travis further outlined his priorities for his second term: “I look forward to increasing our relationships with the New Jersey Bankers Association, regional bar associations, and working with my counterparts in the Philadelphia Bar Association and the City Bar of New York to increase dialog on key banking issues impacting our nation and our region.  I also plan to steer the Section to focus more on including in-house counsel and current law students into the Section’s committees and events.”

Len Bernstein, Chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Services Regulatory Group, and a former Chair of the NJ Bar’s Banking Law Section, said: “Travis has been a vital member of our banking team, and we look forward to supporting him in his efforts to increase the discussion of emerging issues throughout the New Jersey banking community. From commercial lending, to consumer finance, to bank M&A, to financial technology, to regulatory enforcement, the Banking Law Section will benefit from the broad experience and expertise that Travis brings to this leadership role.”  Paul Jaskot, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee who regularly works with Travis in leading the Firm’s bank M&A practice, noted: “Travis’ re-election as chair of the New Jersey Bar’s Banking Law Section reflects our team’s thought leadership in the financial services industry, and I congratulate him on this achievement.”

Travis serves financial institutions, and their directors and officers, in M&A transactions, regulatory compliance, examinations and enforcement, and litigation. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Travis served in the Enforcement Division at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, in Washington, D.C.  Travis is also adjunct faculty at the Villanova University School of Law, where he teaches a course on regulation of financial institutions, is co-editor of the ABA’s Banking Law Committee Journal, and is a frequent speaker on bank regulatory and enforcement issues.  In addition to his bank regulatory practice, Travis is the Co-Chair of Reed Smith’s Anti-Money Laundering and Trade Sanctions Group, and Vice-Chair of the Firm’s Cannabis Law Team.