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Greenberg Traurig’s Financial Services Litigation Group has wide-ranging experience assisting national clients and local businesses in a variety of matters affecting the financial services industry. From handling individual claims to managing nationwide class actions, our national team of experienced litigators regularly advises and defends banks, mortgage lenders and brokers, credit card companies, debt collectors, payday lenders, consumer finance companies and other financial institutions in a variety of disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitration, as well as before governmental agencies.

Our trial lawyers collaborate closely with the firm’s interdisciplinary team of corporate and regulatory lawyers, including former in-house bank counsels, bankers and government attorneys, who have domestic and international experience advising all types of financial institutions on financing, corporate, transactional, regulatory and workout matters.


Services Available

Consumer Finance

  • Defend banks, mortgage lenders, auto finance companies, payday lenders and other consumer finance companies in litigation involving the Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, contested foreclosures, predatory lending, consumer fraud, forced placed insurance, usury violations, loan origination, loan servicing and unfair deceptive trade practices claims

Credit and Collection Practices

  • Defend and protect financial institutions, mortgage lenders, credit card companies and debt collection companies in individual and class action lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other state and federal consumer protection statutes
  • Draw on our knowledge and experience to provide compliance advice on issues involving identity theft, inaccurate credit reporting, conducting reasonable investigation of disputes, firm offers of credit, adverse action notices, reporting of bankruptcy accounts, pulling credit reports for permissible purposes, harassment, unlawful threats, collection notice review and abusive collection practices

Privacy and Data Security

  • Provide strategic counseling regarding compliance with federal and state laws on privacy and data security, including the FTC Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, GLB Safeguards Rule, Fair Credit Reporting Act and state privacy and information security laws
  • Share our experience to help clients understand and comply with the various laws that regulate the collection and sharing of personal data
  • Counsel clients on planning, drafting and implementing privacy, security and data protection policies and “best practices,” as well as compliance with applicable laws, regulations and rules
  • Play a critical role for our clients in enforcement actions and litigation, ranging from defending consumer lawsuits to negotiating consent decrees with federal and state regulators

Banking Operations

  • Litigate matters involving bank accounts, check fraud and electronic funds transfers
  • Defend banks in matters involving bank accounts, check fraud, electronic funds transfers, bank receiverships, OTC and FDIC litigation and frauds against banks
  • Advise clients on premises liability and ATM litigation in connection with applicable common law and statutory duties

Practical, Business-Focused Litigation Services

  • Defend each case aggressively in support of our clients’ overall business objectives
  • Provide cost-effective legal representation through the use of experienced, well-trained lawyers
  • Work with clients to evaluate and manage litigation risks and make informed decisions, while incorporating both trial and settlement strategies
  • Draw on the firm’s wide-ranging trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts and arbitration matters

Wide-Ranging Financial Services Litigation Experience

  • Automotive Finance Representation
  • Banking Operations Litigation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Debt Collection and Credit Reporting Practices
  • Disclosure Violations
  • Equal Credit Opportunity Act
  • Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
  • Inter-Creditor Disputes
  • Lender Liability
  • Loan Origination and Servicing
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Privacy Issues
  • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
  • Truth in Lending Act
  • Unfair Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Uniform Commercial Code, Articles 3 & 4
  • Unlawful Yield Spread Premium
  • Usury

Consumer Class Action Defense

  • Draw on our nationwide team of trial lawyers with experience in all aspects of consumer class action litigation, including class certification, conducting class and merits discovery, litigating the merits of class claims, negotiating class settlements and guiding them through the court approval and notice process
  • Employ the latest case-management technology to efficiently manage state and national consumer class action litigation on behalf of clients in the financial services industry

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

A Brief Recap of Recent Regulatory Actions Regarding Short-Term, Small-Dollar Lending
Robert E. Bostrom,Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, December 09, 2013
Providers of short-term, small-dollar loans, including deposit advance products and payday loans, have increasingly come under attack in recent months by Federal and State regulators. These attacks have been both collateral and direct and they appear to be close to reaching a dramatic crescendo. A...

On Party Line Vote, House Financial Services Committee Passes Six Bills Aimed at Restructuring the CFPB
Robert E. Bostrom,Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, November 29, 2013
On November 21st, the House Financial Services Committee passed six bills aimed at bringing oversight, accountability and transparency to the CFPB. Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) called the bills “common-sense bills that bring a modicum of accountability and transparency to the...

CFPB Trial Disclosure Program Now Effective
Robert E. Bostrom,Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, November 15, 2013
On October 29th, the CFPB’s Notice of Policy regarding its Trial Disclosure Program was published in the Federal Register, thus making the Policy effective. Section 1032(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act permits consumer financial service providers to “conduct a trial program that is limited in...

Federal Financial Regulators Issue Diversity Policy Statement
Robert E. Bostrom,Peter L. Cockrell,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, November 05, 2013
On October 23rd, the OCC, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, the NCUA, the SEC, and the CFPB issued a proposal for joint standards to assess the diversity policies and practices of their respective regulated entities. Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act requires each of these agencies to develop...

CFPB Issues Interim Final Rule and Bulletin Clarifying Mortgage Servicing Requirements
Robert E. Bostrom,Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, October 31, 2013
On October 15th, the CFPB issued an Interim Final Rule and CFPB Bulletin 2013-12. Both provide clarification regarding certain aspects of the CFPB’s recently published Mortgage Servicing Rule (MSR). The Bulletin provides guidance regarding: (1) policies and procedures for successors in...

CFPB Issues HMDA Compliance Bulletin
Robert E. Bostrom,Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, October 18, 2013
In conjunction with the CFPB’s HMDA actions discussed above, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2013-10 on October 9th. The Bulletin sets forth the Bureau’s expectations that lenders will implement compliance programs designed to ensure that they collect and report accurate HMDA data in a timely...

CFPB Removing Enforcement Attorneys from Supervisory Exams
Robert E. Bostrom,Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, October 18, 2013
On October 10th, the CFPB announced that it will discontinue its controversial practice of sending its enforcement attorneys to participate alongside supervision examiners in its examinations of supervised entities. This practice had been a major point of contention between the CFPB and the...

CFPB Takes Action against Financial Institutions for HMDA Violations
Robert E. Bostrom,Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, October 18, 2013
On October 9th, the CFPB ordered both a bank and nonbank mortgage lender to pay fines for violating the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The CFPB entered consent orders with Mortgage Master, Inc. and Washington Federal, requiring them to pay to pay civil penalties of $425,000 and $34,000,...

CFPB Issues Report on CARD Act; Identifies Six 'Risky' Card Issuer Practices that May Warrant Scrutiny
Robert E. Bostrom,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph, October 07, 2013
On October 2, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a report that both evaluates the impact of recent credit card legislation and identifies several “risky” card issuer practices that may draw future CFPB scrutiny.