Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
Practice Areas
  • B.A., Georgetown University, 2003, cum laude
  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010, cum laude; Broun National Trial Team; Dean's Fellow
  • Virginia, 2010
  • North Carolina, 2016
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Brian A. Soja

Associate
Overview

Charlotte Litigation associate Brian Soja is a former Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) enforcement attorney specializing in the areas of government investigations and regulatory advice and compliance. Soja has advised global financial institutions and implemented internal reviews related to reference rates and foreign exchange trading in investigations and inquiries by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina, the OCC, the Federal Reserve, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, and financial regulators in several other foreign countries.  His experience includes analyzing and managing the review of wealth management accounts in a foreign jurisdiction for tax avoidance and money laundering issues, as part of a global project assessing cross border activities for a major financial institution.  Soja has also advised clients on compliance with various financial regulations and regulatory expectations, including the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Regulation W, Risk Data Aggregation requirements, the Volcker Rule, and FDIC regulations on brokered deposits and golden parachutes.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Soja was an attorney in the Enforcement and Compliance Division of the OCC in Washington, D.C., where he led and assisted on investigations into activities at national banks and federal savings associations. Through his work at the OCC, Soja conducted numerous sworn witness statements, engaged in administrative litigation, and negotiated enforcement actions with banks and individuals based on issues ranging from unsafe or unsound commercial lending activity to wire and mortgage fraud. Soja also advised examiners and supervisory staff at the OCC regarding a variety of legal issues, including issues involving Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering compliance programs.

Soja maintains an active pro bono practice at Moore & Van Allen, principally representing victims of domestic violence in protective order hearings through the firm’s association with Safe Alliance. Soja has also advised victims of human trafficking and represented an indigent tenant in an eviction proceeding, successfully arguing a motion to enforce a settlement agreement in Mecklenburg County District Court.

While in law school, Soja received the Gressman-Pollitt Award for outstanding oral advocacy and was a member of UNC School of Law’s Broun National Trial Team. Prior to attending law school, he was a teacher at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C.