Speakers / Authors:
Jane M. Azia
Jane M. Azia is the Chief of the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection in the Office of the New York Attorney General.
From April 2007 through April 2011 she served as the Director of Non-Depository Institutions and Consumer Protection for the New York State Banking Department where she was responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable consumer protection laws and that consumers have access to and receive financial products and services that are fair and not predatory.
Prior to joining the Banking Department, Jane worked for nearly 25 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the New York Attorney General in the Consumer and Internet bureaus. She has worked on a wide range of consumer issues, including predatory lending, credit and financial services, advertising, retail sales, health care, insurance, product safety, housing, telecommunications, telemarketing, food and drugs, privacy and online services.
Ms. Azia obtained a B.A. in 1973 from Northwestern University. In 1977 she earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Rebecca L. Griffith
Rebecca L. Griffith joined NAD in June 2010. Prior to joining NAD she practiced law at Day Pitney LLP in New York City, where she concentrated on branding and intellectual property protection and counseling clients regarding trademark, copyright and advertising law. While at Day Pitney, Rebecca’s practice included trademark clearance, prosecution, and licensing, as well as trademark and copyright infringement litigation in the federal courts, proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and appeals in the United States Copyright Office. Ms. Griffith is co-chair of the Trademark Committee of the New York State Bar Association
Ms. Griffith has represented domestic and international clients in a variety of industries, such as consumer products, technology, pharmaceutical, not-for-profit, financial services, fashion, media/entertainment, publishing, software, hospitality and travel, textiles, food and beverage. She also worked as a litigator at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP and at the intellectual property law firm Ladas & Parry LLP.
Ms. Griffith is admitted to the bars of New York State, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. As a law student she interned for the Honorable Maryanne Trump-Barry, then of the District of New Jersey.
Rebecca earned her B.A. in English literature, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Deborah A. Marrone
Deborah A. Marrone is the Assistant Regional Director for the FTC’s Northeast Region. Deborah has been with the FTC since 2003, first as an attorney advisor to Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour, advising her on consumer protection issues including privacy and national advertising issues, then as a senior staff attorney with the Northeast Region. As a staff attorney she worked on cases involving the FDCPA, the Do Not Call Rule, and deceptive advertising.
Before joining the FTC, Deborah was in private practice with the law firms of Kaye Scholer, LLP and Pitney Hardin, where she worked on a wide range of complex civil litigation matters.
Deborah graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Marla A. Tepper
Marla Tepper is the General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner of Legal Affairs for the City of New York, Department of Consumer Affairs. Ms. Tepper serves as the senior legal advisor to the Commissioner and also oversees the Department’s large-scale litigation. Her strong record of consumer protection and civil rights enforcement on local, state, and federal levels help ensure New York City’s consumers and businesses benefit from a fair and vibrant marketplace.
In addition to her duties as chief legal officer, Ms. Tepper oversees the Department’s Legal Services and Research and Investigations Divisions, spearheading these Divisions’ enforcement and advocacy work. She leads the Agency’s major investigations of consumer fraud in debt collection, auto sales and sweepstakes, employment offers, home improvement, and more. Ms. Tepper is also actively engaged in educating consumers and businesses about the law through public forums and seminars.
Ms. Tepper came to DCA after eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York where she developed, investigated and prosecuted civil rights cases in housing, lending, employment discrimination, disability, education, nursing home reform, prison reform and voting rights. She won the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Commendation in 2003 and its Special Achievement Award in 1999. She also taught housing discrimination as an adjunct professor at New York Law School.
From 1984 to 1996, Ms. Tepper was a New York State Assistant Attorney General, first in the Litigation Bureau, then in the Civil Rights Bureau, where one of her responsibilities was to lead a state agency task force on affirmative action. In 1989, she was promoted to section chief in the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau, supervising staff attorneys as well as continuing to investigate, litigate and negotiate cases in deceptive advertising, health care, predatory lending, insurance and Internet fraud, among others. She began her career in the criminal appeals bureau of the Legal Aid Society of New York.
Ms. Tepper received her B.A.from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.