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Erin B. Leahy

Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection Section

Contact
Section number: 614-644-9618
Erin.Leahy@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

Erin joined the Attorney General’s Office in 1992.  Erin handles enforcement actions in a wide variety of areas including, Do-Not-Call regulation, consulting services, advanced-fee credit repair, debt-adjusting, debt collection, government grants services, “rare” coins, job placement services, business opportunities, travel services, home improvement, foreclosure rescue and third-party payment processors.  Erin served as a member of the trial team in United States v. Dish Network, a telemarketing case which culminated in a five-week federal bench trial and a decision for Plaintiffs for $280 million, the largest telemarking award on record.  Erin is active in the National Association of Attorneys General serving on working groups concerning Do-Not-Call Laws, Robocalling, Seniors, and Third-Party Payment Processors.  She serves as the legal advisor for the Telemarketing Registration Unit and handles public record law matters.  Erin previously served as a Consumer Protection Specialist for four years, the Telemarketing Registration Unit Administrator for one year and an Investigator for seven years.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Supreme Court of Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2009

EDUCATION

  • Capital University Law School, Juris Doctor, 1998
  • Ohio University, Bachelor of Arts, 1992, cum laude

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Presenter, “Consumer Protection Updates,” Judicial Seminar, Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio (Cincinnati, OH. 2017).
  • Panelist, “Investigating a No-Call Case”, No-Call Law Enforcement Summit, (St. Louis, MO. 2017)
  • Moderator, “Utilizing Honeypots and Other Investigative Tools”, No-Call Law Enforcement Summit, (St. Louis, MO. 2017)
  • Moderator, “Overcoming Enforcement Obstacles,” No-Call Law Enforcement Summit, (St. Louis, MO. 2017)
  • Panelist, “Proving a Do Not Call Case”, No-Call Law Enforcement Summit, (St. Louis, MO. 2017)
  • Moderator, “Proving a Do Not Call Case,”  No-Call Law Enforcement Summit, (Indianapolis, IN. 2016)
  • Panelist, “Case Review Panel”, No-Call Law Enforcement Summit, (St. Louis, MO. 2015)
  • Panelist, “Case Review Panel”, No-Call Law Enforcement Summit, (Indianapolis, IN. 2014)
  • Presenter, “Consumer Protection Laws,” Vehicle Protection Association (Columbus, OH. 2012)
  • Presenter, “Consumer Protection Laws,”  Professional Association for Customer Engagement, (Columbus, OH. 2011)
  • Presenter, “Aggressive Investigation of Consumer Fraud,” Ohio Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Conference, (Columbus, OH. 2011)
  • Presenter, “Scams on Elderly,” Chester Professional Institute, (Columbus, OH. 2011)
  • Presenter, “Consumer Protection Law,” Crime Prevention Association, (Columbus, OH. 2010)
  • Presenter, “Pursuing Telemarketing Fraud,” Telemarketing and Junk Fax Consumer Litigation, (Cleveland, OH. 2009)
  • Presenter, “Defenses and Counterclaims,” Ohio Judicial College, (Columbus, OH. 2009)
  • Presenter, “Working Together: Examining Ways to Improve State, Federal, International and Civil/Criminal Cooperation,” Federal Trade Commission’s Fraud Forum, (Washington, D.C. 2009)
  • Presenter, “Assisting and Facilitating Telemarketing Fraud,”  National Association of Attorneys General Advanced Telemarketing Fraud Training
  • Presenter, “Payment Processors and Other Third Parties Used as Facilitators of Fraud,” Emerging Trends in Fraud Conference, (Columbus, OH. 2006 )
  • Presenter, “Consumer Protection Case Review,”  Board of Directors Meeting, The National White Collar Crime Center, (Cincinnati, OH. 2006)
  • Author, “State Strategies for Investigating Telemarketing Fraud Crimes,” National Association of Attorneys General, 2004

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, MEMBERSHIP AND AWARDS

  • Sunshine Law Task Force, 2012 – present
  • Attorney General’s Elder Law Task Force, 2004-2005
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2004 - present
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, AARP Washington, 2012
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association, 2001-2009
  • Committee Chair, Past Presidents and Founding Members Committee, Ohio Women’s Bar Association, 2008-2009
  • Committee Co-Chair, Community Service Committee, Ohio Women’s Bar Association, 2003-2004
  • Licensed Real Estate Sales Agent, Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Real Estate, 2015
  • Columbus Board of Realtors, 2015-present
  • Ohio Board of Realtors, 2015 - present
  • National Association of Realtors, 2014 – present