CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke has established herself as one of the go-to attorneys in the Fintech, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and financial regulatory space. The former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawyer now leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s Financial Regulatory team and co-leads the firm’s Fintech team. She also recently was named a mentor to young European entrepreneurs taking part in the Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Initiative.
But O’Rourke hasn’t forgotten the lessons she learned selling t-shirts—three for $10—at Old Navy.
“Everybody should have retail or a food service industry where nobody has to be nice to you. It really humbles you, and that’s super useful for any other job,” she said.
Charlotte Agenda recently spotlighted O’Rourke in the publication’s How I Work interview series. In the interview, she discusses her work at Womble Bond Dickinson, how her background in tech helps her as a lawyer, and how she and her family balance a demanding schedule at work and home.
O’Rourke also talks about issues that matter to her, including women and diversity in tech and the importance of immigrant defense law, in this far-reaching interview.
Click here to read “How I Work: 22 questions with Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke, 37-year-old Law Firm Partner and FinTech Leader” at Charlotte Agenda.
Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s Financial Regulatory team and co-leads the firm’s Fintech team. She draws upon her background in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to advise clients on mission-critical compliance questions and risk management as well as state and federal financial regulatory engagement, investigations, and enforcement. She also has significant experience on Fintech and Artificial Intelligence regulatory matters and helps clients navigate the evolving legal terrains on those topics.