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Aki Estrella

Aki Estrella

Innovation Attorney

Chicago
Illinois
Licensed in
IL, WA, NY
Seattle University School of Law
5.0 5
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About
Aki Estrella is an attorney with 16 years of experience with privacy, business regulation, and technology. She has held positions as a business attorney and as a consumer protection attorney. She's spent her career advising established businesses, start-ups, financial institutions and financial services providers.

Aki is a graduate of Carleton College and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she received her Master’s of Law in Financial Services Law. She grew up on the west coast and attended law school in Seattle, Washington.

She is frequently a featured speaker and author on the intersection of technology, regulation, and innovation.
16
Years
experience

Practice Areas

Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"We had very little money for our app but our investors wanted to make sure we had legal advisers. The big firm we hired didn't seem to care because we were small. Aki listened to us, told us exactly what needed to be done and helped us incorporate the legal risk stuff into our pitch."

Financing Pitch Consulting
Non-UpCounsel Client
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Aki was great when I needed a legal perspective on a banking issue. I come from a systems background and she was able to make all the legal obligations make sense. She was easy to work with and took time to explain her opinions and what they meant."

Bank Charter Advice
Non-UpCounsel Client

Work History

Stellae Legal and Risk Advisors

Legal Consultant

Sep 2019 - Present

Offer legal guidance and implementation oversight for consumer data privacy; advise national banks, insurance companies and other Fortune 100 companies on product development, partnership agreements and contractual risk, offer financial services providers, municipalities and investors guidance on legal, regulatory and operational issues in the area of financial products

Sep 2019 - Present

FINRA

Legal Consultant

Dec 2012 - Dec 2018

Evaluated and supervised financial institutions to determine compliance with applicable federal laws, anti-money
laundering requirements and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules, the presence of negligence,
inappropriate risk, or fraud for regulatory enforcement actions

Dec 2012 - Dec 2018

State of Washington

Senior Regulatory Attorney

Mar 2005 - Jun 2016

Represented consumer protection agency of state government in consumer protection, regulatory, supervisory and enforcement actions; acted as subject matter expert in the area of local and federal regulatory compliance for Washington State Attorney General, managed legislative and compliance updates with increasing responsibility while streamlining division processes

Mar 2005 - Jun 2016

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