Patrice Alexander Ficklin's practice includes advising businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, individuals and policymakers on civil rights issues arising in lending, employment, diversity programs, and housing. She also conducts internal investigations and provides general business advice and services. Ms. Ficklin is an experienced mediator and arbitrator.Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Ms. Ficklin served in a wide variety of legal and non-legal roles at Fannie Mae. During her tenure at Fannie Mae, she directed the company's employee grievance department; provided fair lending, fair housing and other consumer law advice regarding lending products, pricing and servicing; conducted internal investigations; drafted strategic alliance agreements; designed and implemented a mandatory non-binding arbitration program for employees; directed the corporate ethics program; and revamped officer and employee performance review standards. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Ms. Ficklin specialized in complex corporate transactions, employment law, financial institutions regulation, and civil litigation during her tenure at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. In 2009, Ms. Ficklin was appointed to the Maryland Higher Education Commission, which is responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges, universities, and career schools. Ms. Ficklin is a member of the boards of directors for the following organizations: Center for Dispute Settlement; Reid Temple Federal Credit Union and Women in Housing & Finance Foundation.
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