Germaine Austin is counsel for Altisource, where he works independently and with different legal and business teams to manage the day-to-day operations, and to provide advice, guidance, and legal support on a wide range of matters for five lines of businesses in the Marketplace segment, including an e-commerce marketing platform servicer, asset management servicer, real estate brokerage servicer, trustee business servicer, and a servicer for sales. He conducts research and analysis to provide sound risk-based advice regarding laws, rules, and regulations applicable to products, services, and offerings, and helps Altisource bring new technology products to market. He also provides oversight on compliance matters arising in each line of business, works to resolve issues raised by regulators and consumers, drafts and negotiates a wide variety of contracts to manage old and to create new business, and also acts as the subject matter expert on a number of regulatory issues, data privacy issues, commercial issues and consumer protection issues. Germaine was previously the youngest corporate attorney on Hawkins Parnell and Young LLP’s Corporate Transactions and Business Litigation team. While there, he was counsel to public and private companies advising on commercial, employee, intellectual property, contract issues, executive compensation and issues related to mergers and acquisitions. He also represented companies in federal and state courts and before regulatory agencies, including the United States Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service. He also gained valuable trial experience resolving premise liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, non-profit management and business dispute matters.
Germaine began his career in the U.S. Army as a Human Resource Sergeant for more than eight years. He gained valuable experience serving clients and his community, protecting assets, and leveraging relationships to achieve results. This continued during his matriculation at North Carolina Central University School of Law (NCCU Law) where he obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and certificate in A.D.R. While at NCCU Law, he served as a consultant with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Technology Department. He evaluated company policies, and financial and equity statements, to draft strategic and operational plans and introduced marketing and sales technology to help small businesses exceed financial and operational goals.
He continues to dedicate his time to service his community by supporting leaders and leading organizations whose mission is to fight for equality, dignity, police accountability, voting rights and protection, racial acceptance and impartiality, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system. He is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta, the State Bar Leadership Academy and has received several community activist, social action, and service awards, including the Army Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.