Gerard Comizio

Adjunct Professor of Law

V. Gerard (Jerry) Comizio is the chair of the Global Banking practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He is a leading authority on banking and financial services matters. He has extensive experience in representing a wide range of both domestic and foreign banks, thrifts companies, mortgage, industrial loan banks, trust and fiduciary, consumer, specialty lenders, private equity companies, and other financial services companies. He regularly counsels his clients on a wide range of bank regulatory, merger and acquisition, enforcement proceedings, complex regulatory and strategic planning issues. Mr. Comizio is currently advising some of the nation’s largest financial institutions on the implications of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Mr. Comizio has been featured in the American Banker’s annual “Washington Insider’s Survey of the 25 Most Influential People Involved in Financial Services Regulatory Issues”, and recognized in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Lawyer” edition as one of the best banking lawyers in the United States. He also has regularly appeared on television, internet media and radio discussing current banking and regulatory issues, including Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal Online, Dow Jones Online, C-SPAN, The Deal Online, The Street, Reuters Insider, Canada’s BNN TV Squeezeplay program, CBS radio and NPR Radio's Marketplace, and is a regular speaker at financial services industry conferences and seminars.

He has been recognized by both Chambers and the Legal 500, with Legal 500 noting that the banking group “spearheaded by (V. Gerard) Comizio, the team has handled some of the largest private sector mergers in recent years” and “established itself as a significant player in the market.”

Prior to joining Paul Hastings, he was for many years the deputy general counsel and acting general counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Thrift Supervision (and its predecessor, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board), director of its Corporate and Securities Division, and a former senior attorney in The Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Comizio is a member of the Governing Committee of the U.S. Conference on Consumer Finance Law, the Board of Advisors of the University of North Carolina Law School Center for Banking and Finance, the Advisory Board of the George Washington Law School Center for Law Economics and Finance, the board of editors of Privacy & Data Security Law Journal, and the Law Partner Advisory Board of Thomson Reuters. He is also the former chairman of the Trusts and Investments Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee.

Mr. Comizio has written numerous articles analyzing current issues in financial services regulation, and is contributing author of three books on financial services matters. Mr. Comizio has been an adjunct professor of banking law since 1992 at the Washington College of Law, American University, teaching courses on banking law, international banking law and regulation of financial institutions.

Degrees & Universities

  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center 1983 (Securities Regulation)
  • J.D., Pace University School of Law 1980
  • B.A., Fordham University 1977

  • Selected Publications

    • Gerard Comizio & Helen Lee, Understanding the Federal Preemption Debate and a Case for Uniformity, 6 Am. U. Bus. L. Brief 51 (Spring/Summer 2010).
    • + More Publications...

    • American Banker, "Meet the 'New' Powers: Same as the Old Authority" (American Banker Apr. 6, 2010) (Quoted in article by Cheyenne Hopkins).
    • American Banker, "FDIC Trying New Ways To Resolve Lame Banks" (American Banker Apr. 5, 2010) (Quoted in article by Joe Adler).
    • Gerard Comizio, Banking Regulators Begin to Apply the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 58 Consumer Fin. Q. Rpt. 29 (2004).
  • + Selected Media Appearances