Professional Biography

Ross T. Handler Associate



Ross T. Handler counsels fintech, nonbank, and financial services institutions on compliance with state and federal finance laws. He advises financial services clients on money transmission and consumer and commercial lending laws related to the offering and operation of financial products and services, including credit, debit and prepaid cards, and other consumer lending constructs.

Ross has experience drafting and assisting with negotiating and executing corporate transactional agreements regarding consumer and commercial lending matters including bank partnership agreements, co-branded credit card agreements, and deposit account control agreements.

Ross maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in landlord-tenant disputes, parole hearings, and asylum matters throughout the District of Columbia.

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association
    • Consumer Financial Services Subcommittee, Young Lawyer Liaison to the Diversity, Equity, and
      Inclusion Committee
    • Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
    • Section of Business Law Practice
  • The National LGBTQ Bar Association
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Young Lawyer’s Alliance, Chair, 2019 – present

Community Involvement

  • Muhlenberg College Board of Trustees, Weiss Fellow, 2022 – present

  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Mission Committee Chair, National Capital Regional Affiliate, 2021 – present

  • D.C. Bar Small Business Pro Bono Clinic, Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney, 2021 – present

  • Muhlenberg College Alumni Board, Co-Chair of Career Services Committee, 2019 – present

  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney, 2019 – present

  • Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services, Washington, D.C., Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney, 2018 – present

Related Employment

  • Cooley LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2021 – 2022
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, 2019 – 2020
  • Buckley LLP, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk and Attorney, 2016 – 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C., Summer Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Margaret Ryan, 2015


Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2017, Editor-in-Chief, Administrative Law Review
  • American University School of International Service, Master's, International Affairs in Risk Management and Corporate Governance, 2017
  • Muhlenberg College, B.A., International Relations and Spanish, magna cum laude, 2014