Howard and Howard Names Justin Gingerich, Steve Van Beek Co-leaders of Credit Union Industry Group

Justin Gingerich and Steve Van Beek
From left: Justin Gingerich, Steve Van Beek // Photo courtesy of Howard and Howard

Howard and Howard, based in Royal Oak, has announced Justin Gingerich and Steve Van Beek as co-leaders of the Credit Union Industry Group.

Gingerich has an extensive merger and acquisition track record in the credit union industry. In 2019, he led the largest acquisition of a bank by a credit union to date, and also led a first of its kind transaction where a credit union acquired the assets and liabilities of a converted federal mutual holding company. Gingerich has also played a key role in more than 25 announced credit union-bank acquisitions over the past four years.

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

“Justin and Steve bring extensive experience and long, successful track records to bear in serving the legal needs of the credit union industry,” says Mark A. Davis, president and CEO of Howard and Howard. “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 us. 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.”

Howard and Howard is a law firm with national and international practices that provide legal services to businesses and business owners. More than 160 employees practice out of its four locations in Royal Oak, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Beverly Hills, Calif. It has offered its services for more than 150 years.