Credit Unions I SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

Justin Gingerich and Steve Van Beek Named Co-Leaders of Credit Union Industry Group at Howard & Howard

Royal Oak, Mich., September 8, 2020Justin Gingerich and Steve Van Beek have been named co-leaders of the Credit Union Industry Group at Royal Oak, Mich.-based law firm Howard & Howard. The announcement was made by firm President and CEO Mark A. Davis.

“Justin and Steve bring extensive experience and long, successful track records to bear in serving the legal needs of the credit union industry. As co-leaders of our Credit Union Industry Group, they will deliver the high-quality counsel and services that the industry has come to expect from Howard & Howard,” said Davis. “Their strong backgrounds in M&A activities and regulatory compliance are well known across the industry, and they will continue to support current and future clients in these and other legal areas.”

Gingerich has an extensive M&A track record in the credit union industry, having played a key role in more than 25 announced credit union-bank acquisitions over the past four years. In 2019, Gingerich led the largest acquisition of a bank by a credit union to date (MIDFLORIDA Credit Union’s acquisition of $730 million Community Bank & Trust of Florida) as well as a first-of-its-kind transaction in which a credit union acquired the assets and liabilities of a converted federal mutual holding company (Corporate America Family Credit Union’s acquisition of Ben Franklin Financial, the holding company for Ben Franklin Bank of Illinois).

Van Beek has significant experience providing compliance and legal assistance to credit unions throughout the country. He helps credit unions manage risks through his in-depth knowledge and understanding of regulations and guidance issued by the National Credit Union Administration, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other federal agencies. He is also a frequent, nationwide speaker on topics related to credit union compliance. In an earlier position, Van Beek served as vice president of regulatory compliance at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU).

In addition to M&A and regulatory compliance matters, Howard & Howard’s Credit Union Industry Group also provides services related to employment matters; membership agreements; vendor contracts and disputes; trademarks; business and commercial loan documentation; and defense of class action litigation.

About Howard & Howard

With a history spanning over 150 years, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. More than 160 attorneys practice out of offices in Royal Oak, Michigan; Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Beverly Hills, California. For more information, please visit

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