Keith J. Barnett


Business Phone: 404.885.3423
Business Fax: 404.885.3900


Keith Barnett is a litigation, investigations (internal and regulatory), and enforcement attorney with more than 15 years of experience representing clients in the financial services and professional liability industries. Keith represents clients against government regulators (CFPB, FDIC, SEC, CFTC), industry regulators (FINRA) and private litigants in federal courts, state courts and before arbitration and administrative law panels in the financial services industry. Keith also defends clients against alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and has written and lectured on the TCPA.

Keith also advises clients in connection with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) supervisory examinations, investigations and enforcement actions. Keith regularly writes and lectures about hot topics in the financial services industry, focusing on issues that include the latest developments with the CFPB.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Opportunity is Knocking: How to Be Strategic Rather than Reckless in Higher-Risk Industries and Products,” Third Party Payment Processors Association Executive Summit, Scottsdale, AZ, November 9, 2017 .
  • Panelist, “Legal and Regulatory Update,” Third Party Payment Processors Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, May 19, 2017.
  • Panelist, “Regulatory Landscape for 2017 – What Can You Expect?” NACHA Payments Innovation Alliance Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, February 24, 2017.
  • Panelist, “A New World: The Changing Policy Landscape for International Payments and Financial Technology,” ETA & BAFT International Payments Policy Day, Washington, DC, February 9, 2017.
  • Panelist, “State Regulatory and Enforcement Efforts Including Latest Challenges Associated with Money Transmitter Licensing Enforcement,” American Conference Institute’s 17th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance, Washington, DC, January 30, 2017.
  • Panelist, “Why Reputation Monitoring is Key to a Strong KYC Program,” Webinar, December 5, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Legal and Regulatory Update,” Third Party Payment Processors Association Executive Summit, Phoenix, AZ, November 10, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Legislative Activity Involving Payroll Cards; Understanding and Complying with State Payroll Laws; and Mitigating the Threat of Class Action Litigation Involving Payroll Card Products,” American Conference Institute ’s 16th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance, Chicago, IL, September 26, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Best Practices for Banks for Banks in Third-Party Payment Processing,” Webinar, June 9, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Prepaid Cards Uses on Campuses for Students to Receive Student Loan Money: Department of Education’s Title IV Disbursement Rule and Concern Regarding Fees Imposed and Other Terms, and Disclosures to Schools Regarding Private Contracts,’” American Conference Institute’s 13th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance, San Francisco, CA, June 2, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Other Alternative Uses of Blockchain Technology (Beyond Bitcoin): Examples of Action and Their Potential Operational, Legal and Regulatory Ramifications – Notarizations, Voting Systems, Crowd Funding, Identity Verification and Beyond, “ American Conference Institute Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology Conference, New York, NY, April 13, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Litigation and Regulatory Challenges in Daily Fantasy Sports,” Third Party Payment Processors Association, Webinar, March 31, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Chief Compliance Officer Responsibilities,” Third Party Payment Processors Association (TPPPA) and Kirkpatrick Price Third Party Payment Processors Series, Webinar, March 4, 2016.
  • Panelist, “The Latest FTC Initiatives on Lead Generators and Online Marketing, How Prepaid Cards Rely on These to Attract Customers, and Related Privacy Issues,” American Conference Institute 14th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance, Washington, DC, January 28, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Telemarketing Sales Rule and Third Party Payment Processors,” Third Party Payment Processors Association (TPPPA), Webinar, January 26, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Risk and Regulation – What You Need to Know,” Third Party Payment Processors Association (TPPPA), Webinar, January 7, 2016.
  • Panelist, “CFPB Jurisdiction Regulation and Enforcement in 2015 and 2016: What Third Party Payment Processors Need to Know,” Third Party Payment Processor Association (TPPPA) Member Executive Leadership Summit and Retreat, Phoenix, AZ, November 19, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Emerging Payment Systems," American Conference Institute, September 17-18, 2015.
  • Speaker, NBI Consumer Finance Law Seminar, December 5, 2014.
  • Speaker, "The CFPB and Its Impact on the Automobile Remarketing Industry," National Remarketing Conference Used Car Week 2014, November 21, 2014.
  • Speaker, "The CFPB & Its Impact on the Remarketing Industry," Used Car Week - National Remarketing Conference, November 12-13, 2014.
  • Presenter, "CFPB Rules and Industry Trends for Lending," Knowledge Congress Webcast, November 7, 2013.
  • Presenter, "Insights on the Bureau, Third-Party Service Providers, and Lessons Learned So Far," Webcast: Discussion on the CFPB, June 21, 2013.
  • Speaker, "2013 Georgia ACC Value Challenge," April 25, 2013.
  • Speaker, "CFPB Enforcement: What Every Financial Institution Needs to Know Before and During a CFPB Investigation," West LegalEdCenter, December 12, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Preparing for a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Examination: What Mortgage Lenders and Servicers Really Need to Know," West LegalEd Conference, September 12, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Advanced Securities Law Seminar," Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, March 25, 2011.
  • Speaker, Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section, Securities and Corporation Litigation Subsection Meeting, May 1, 2008.
  • Speaker, National Bar Association 82nd Annual Convention and Exhibits, July 28 - August 4, 2007.


Professional and Community Involvement

  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2016).

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2015-present
  • Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, 2009-2015
  • Associate, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, 2004-2009
  • Associate, Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan, 2000-2004 



  • Duke University, J.D., 2000
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.,

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • California Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California