J. Scott Sheehan: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

J. Scott Sheehan

Houston,  TX  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Institutions
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
Contact InfoTelephone: 713.374.3543
Fax: 713.754.7543
University The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1972 Honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, Member, Student Assembly and Ohio Staters, Inc.
Law SchoolThe University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1976 Texas Law Review
Admitted1976, Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Professional & Community Involvement

•Texas Business Law Foundation
•Legislative Chairman, 2011-2012
•Chairman, 2006-2008
•Member, State Bar of Texas Business Law Section
•Chair, Contract Law Committee, 2003-2005
•Chair, Consumer Financial Services Committee, 2000-2003
•Chair, 1997-1998
•Chair, Commercial Financial Services Committee, 1995-1997
•Co-Chair, Usury Committee, 1991-1994
•Chair, Financial Institutions Committee, 1991
•Member, Section Representatives to the Board Committee, 1998-2000
•Member, State Bar Council of Chairs, 1997-1998
•Member, State Bar Advisory Commission on Specialization in Consumer Law, 1990
•Commercial Arbitrator and Mediator, American Arbitration Association
•Member, Large Complex Case Council and Panel, and Premier Mediation Panel
•Principal Trainer, AAA-Houston arbitrator training, 1992-1994
•President, Texas Association of Bank Counsel, 1989
•Chair, State Bar of Texas Consumer Law Section, 1985
•Director, Park at Memorial Heights Homeowners' Association
•Member, Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce
•Past Vice President
•Past Consular Ball Chairman
•Past International Relations Chairman
•Treasurer, Conference on Consumer Finance Law
•Deacon and Bible Study Director, Second Baptist Church
•Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services Committee
•Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
•Member, Finance Lawyers Committee, Manufactured Housing Institute
•Member, House Financial Institutions Committee Task Force on Texas Finance Code Revision
•Member, Houston Bar Association
•Member, Houston Commercial Finance Lawyers Forum
•Member, Office of the Consumer Credit Commissioner Plain-Language Task Force
•Member, Payday Loan Bar Association
•Member, State Bar of Texas
•Member, Texas Home Equity Discussion Group

BornNew York, N.Y., September 6, 1950

Based in the firm's Houston office, J. Scott Sheehan is a business lawyer with a national practice in banking and financial institutions, money service businesses, as well as consumer and commercial financial services. He co-authors the Texas Practice Guide: Financial Institutions and the Texas Usury Law Handbook by West Publishing. Sheehan focuses his practice on legal and regulatory compliance and new product development for financial institutions and financial service providers. He is Treasurer of the national Conference on Consumer Finance Law, past Chairman of the influential Texas Business Law Foundation, and past Chairman if the Texas State Bar Business Law Section. He is regularly recognized by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America.

Areas of Concentration

•Consumer and commercial financial services
•Federal and state regulation of consumer credit and other financial services
•Government relations
•Real estate
•Contract law
•Commercial litigation
•Dispute resolution
•General business law

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Press Releases

10.27.15 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Scott Sheehan Elected President-Elect of Texas Association of Bank Counsel
05.26.15 Greenberg Traurig Represents Orange Lake Holdings, LLP and Subsidiaries in Acquisition of Silverleaf Resorts, Inc.
09.09.14 28 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Named 2015 Best Lawyers in America
09.19.13 18 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Named 2013 Texas Super Lawyers
08.19.13 25 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Named 2014 Best Lawyers in America
09.24.12 24 Greenberg Traurig Texas Attorneys Included in 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
04.15.11 Greenberg Traurig Shareholder J. Scott Sheehan Elected Treasurer of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law
09.13.10 Fifteen Greenberg Traurig Texas Shareholders selected as Super Lawyers by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
09.07.10 Greenberg Traurig Texas Shareholders Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2011
09.21.09 13 Greenberg Traurig Texas Shareholders Selected by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine


10.21.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from Oct. 1-16, 2015
07.31.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from July 13-31, 2015
07.16.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from July 7-10, 2015
07.10.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from June 2015
05.19.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from May 11-15, 2015
05.11.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from May 4-8, 2015
05.06.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from April 27 - May 1, 2015
04.29.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from April 20-24, 2015
04.20.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from April 13-17, 2015
04.14.15 CFPB Observer: Recent Developments from April 2-10, 2015

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Scott regularly publishes articles in national and state publications, including the Consumer Financial Quarterly, the Texas Business Law Journal, the Texas Consumer Law Journal, and the Texas Bar Journal, and presents seminars for bar and lay groups on legal compliance, usury, federal and state consumer laws, lender liability, plain-language drafting, business math, alternative dispute resolution, contract law, business torts, deceptive trade practices, creditor/debtor rights and other topics.
•Co-Author, Texas Usury Law Handbook, West Publishing 1997, Cumm. Supp. 2004, Second Edition 2005
•Contributing Author, Texas Collections Manual, 2d ed. State Bar of Texas, 1980
•Contributing Author, Creditors' Rights in Texas, 2d ed., State Bar of Texas, 1981


•Speaker, Texas Home Equity Lending from A-Z, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Austin, TX, April 14, 2011
•Speaker, Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, State Bar of Texas - Suing and Defending Banks Conference, Dallas, TX, April 15, 2011
•Speaker, Federal Preemption, State Bar of Texas - Suing and Defending Banks Conference, Dallas, TX, April 3, 2009

Other Experience

•Government Relations: Scott has been active as an issue advocate on legislative issues affecting the banking and financial services sector. One of his major projects was to co-lead the Texas Business Law Foundation's efforts from 1991 through 2005 to modernize the Texas Finance Code to reform Texas usury law for commercial loans. As part of the project, he is a member of the House Financial Institutions Committee's select drafting group for Usury Reform Bill of 2005, House Bill 955.

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Represented financial institutions and consumer and commercial finance companies in product design, legal compliance and design and preparation of standard business practices, forms and procedures. Represented lenders in legal review of commercial and consumer finance loan portfolios. Issue advocacy on major banking and consumer and commercial finance issues before judicial, legislative, arbitration and administrative tribunals. Served as arbitrator or mediator in complex commercial cases involving patents, bank tying act, mergers and acquisitions, marketing services, manufacturing, and other contract or business tort disputes. Represented of day trading company in major arbitration matter. Represented credit service organization regarding landmark decision in class action lawsuit regarding credit service organization fees under state usury law and federal RICO statute. Represented sale lease-back company in landmark case brought by a state attorney general regarding state law usury claims. Represented home equity lenders in individual and class action lawsuits. Represented state and national trade associations in amicus curiae briefs in state and federal court regarding usury, deposit account services, insufficient check fees, home equity lending and other issues. Representation of foreign insurance company in dispute regarding reinsurance treaties and letters of credit. Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Sheehan prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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CFPB Considering Proposal to Ban Certain Arbitration Clauses
Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, October 27, 2015
On Oct. 7, the CFPB announced a proposed outline of a rule that would ban financial institutions from including in their contracts mandatory arbitration clauses that ban consumers from pursuing class action lawsuits and require institutions to report individual arbitration outcomes to the CFPB.

CFPB Enforcement Action Against Indirect Auto Finance Company
Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, October 27, 2015
On Oct. 1, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against an indirect auto finance company and its auto title lending subsidiary for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).

CFPB Issues Final Rule Amending HMDA Reporting Requirements
Peter L. Cockrell,Brett M. Kitt,Gil Rudolph,J. Scott Sheehan, October 27, 2015
On Oct. 15, the CPFB issued a final rule amending the reporting requirements of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). HMDA requires mortgage lenders to report certain information about the loans for which they receive applications or that they originate or purchase. Regulators and the public may...

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J. Scott Sheehan

1000 Louisiana, Suite 1700
HoustonTX 77002


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