Carla Sanchez-Adams is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, focusing on emerging issues in banking and payment systems, fintech, and high-cost lending. She is a contributor to NCLC’s Consumer Banking and Payments Law treatise. She provides expertise and technical assistance to consumer lawyers assisting low-income consumers, as well as regulatory and government agencies. Carla has authored several articles and guides for working with victims of coerced debt and was one of the founding partners of the Texas Coalition on Coerced Debt.
Before joining NCLC, Carla was a managing attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), assisting low-income Texans on issues related to debt collection, credit reporting, auto fraud, debt management, and other consumer related disputes. She led a team of advocates who utilized a holistic approach to achieving economic security for victims of crime, including survivors of family violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Carla is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Consumer and Commercial Law and is a board member for the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). She serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Texas State Bar’s Consumer and Commercial Law Section’s Council. She received her B.A. in politics and economics from New York University and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.