Patrick Doyle has a broad background in financial institution regulation and headed the firm's financial services practice group from 1993 to 2013.

Mr. Doyle regularly counsels bank holding companies, foreign banks, savings institutions, insurance companies, securities firms, hedge funds, and private equity entities on a wide variety of regulatory matters, including strategic planning, complex regulatory issues, enforcement proceedings (particularly those involving allegations of violations of the "control" regulations), and legislation. In addition, he has represented firm clients on numerous mergers and acquisitions and on most of the significant legislation that has shaped the modern financial services industry, including the FIRREA in 1989, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999 and the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. Mr. Doyle is recognized for his ability to devise creative solutions to complex regulatory issues, developed over nearly 30 years of representing clients on cutting-edge regulatory, transactional and legislative matters. He is currently advising some of the nation's largest financial services companies on the applications of the Dodd-Frank Act, particularly Titles I, II, and VI. He regularly appears before the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Comptroller of the Currency, and numerous state banking regulators. Mr. Doyle been recognized by his peers and clients in numerous publications. In a recent edition of Chambers USA, he was recognized "as one of the most highly respected practitioners in the banking compliance space.

Prior to joining the firm in 1983, Mr. Doyle served in a variety of legal positions at the US Department of the Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, including Counsel to the Multinational Banking Group and as the Acting General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. Mr. Doyle served on the adjunct faculty of the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies at Boston University School of Law from 1985 to 1993, and has served on the Steering Committee of the Board of Advisors of the University of North Carolina School of Law's Banking Law Institute and as a member of the Executive Counsel of the Banking Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Doyle is a frequent speaker both in the US and abroad on topics related to the regulation of the financial services industry.

Mr. Doyle served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Law Center, Washington, DC from 2011 to 217.


  • Federal Housing Finance Agency in connection with its appointment as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • State Farm Mutual Insurance Company in connection with the implications of the Dodd-Frank Act, including the Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014.
  • State Farm Bank in connection with its chartering and on preemption litigation and the implications of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • TIAA in connection with the implications of the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Farallon Group in connection with a non-controlling investment in a depository institution holding company.
  • Countrywide in connection with the conversion of its national bank subsidiary to a federal savings bank. At the time the largest charter conversion in history.
  • Merrill Lynch in connection with the reorganization of mortgage banking operations of its depository institution subsidiary.
  • Icahn Capital Partners (ICP) in connection with ICP's non-controlling investment in a savings and loan holding company.
  • Sovereign Bancorp Inc. in its proxy/control contest with activist shareholder Relational.
  • Numerous acquisitions for BB&T, M&T, Provident Bancorp, Norwest, PNC, and NCBC among others.


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Senate Passes Bill Modifying the Dodd-Frank Act and Providing Other Regulatory Relief; House Action Next
OCC Opens The Debate On Volcker Rule Reform
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Best Lawyers
Financial Services Regulation Law (2009-2019)
The Legal 500 US
Financial Services: Regulatory (2011-2018)
Financial Services (2011)
Chambers USA
Financial Services Regulation: Banking – Compliance (Nationwide) (2007-2018)


  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1975
  • BA, State University of New York at Oswego, 1970
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Government and Military Service
  • General Counsel, Federal Home Loan Bank Board
  • Member, Bloomberg BNA's Banking Report Advisory Board (2012-2016)

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