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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

  • Regulatory Development/Post Pandemic Track: State Trends and Issues


    Speaker(s)

    Kobie Pruitt, AMP, Associate Director, State Government Affairs, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Michael Flynn, Attorney, Buchalter

    Melissa Koupal, Senior Vice President, Loan Integrity, loanDepot.com, LLC

    Schuyler Kraus, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    Ashley Taylor, Partner, Troutman Pepper

    Please join our panel of experts as they discuss the important state issues and trends that impact our industry. Panelists will discuss remote online notarization, state work from home requirements, changes to licensing and more.

    Speaker(s)

    Kobie Pruitt, AMP, Associate Director, State Government Affairs, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Kobie is the Associate Director of State Government Affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association. He assists in leading MBA's advocacy efforts at the state and local level. Prior to joining MBA, Kobie was the Director of Policy at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors where he acted as the policy lead for the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS). Kobie was also a Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Kaptur (OH-09) with a portfolio that included the Committee on Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee. 

    Michael Flynn, Attorney, Buchalter

    Michael Flynn is a member of Buchalter’s Commercial Finance Practice Group, and Co-Chair of its Financial Services Regulatory and Title Insurance Groups. He is the Secretary of the California Mortgage Bankers Association’s Legal Issues Committee, Chair of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys Residential & Regulatory Committee and is on the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law. He is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and is the former Acting General Counsel of HUD and former General Counsel of Flagstar Bank and PNC Mortgage.

    Melissa Koupal, Senior Vice President, Loan Integrity, loanDepot.com, LLC

    Melissa Koupal is the Senior Vice President of Loan Integrity for loanDepot.com, LLC, a full-service direct lender headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California since the company launched in 2009. In this position, she oversees the compliance management system, servicing mortgage compliance, licensing, consumer complaints, compliance quality control and regulatory examinations and enforcement matters for all channels of loanDepot. The company currently holds more than 18,000 corporate and loan officer licenses across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2008, Koupal has owned and led Reglist which is comprised of more than 1,900 mortgage compliance professionals specializing in the areas of compliance and legal issues in the residential mortgage field.

    Schuyler Kraus, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    For nearly two decades, Schuyler Kraus has dedicated his practice to defending clients in consumer and class action matters. Armed with a wealth of experience and industry knowledge, Schuyler represents mortgage lenders, servicers and investors in state and federal actions alleging mortgage fraud, predatory lending, and violations of state and federal consumer protection statutes. Focusing on the intersection of regulation and litigation, Schuyler advises his clients on regulatory and compliance counseling matters, including complaints involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as well as the State Attorney General's Office.

    Ashley Taylor, Partner, Troutman Pepper

    Ashley Taylor is a partner in the Consumer Financial Services practice with a primary focus on federal and state government regulatory and enforcement matters involving state Attorneys General, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He serves as a member of the firm's Policy Committee and Partner Compensation Committee. Ashley focuses his practice on consumer protection issues and defends companies against a variety of enforcement actions brought by the state and federal regulators, and on claims including marketing and advertising representations, statutory disclosures, unfair or deceptive acts or practices, and data security breach response. He also defends clients on a number of issues related to the alphabet soup of federal and state laws, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the state analogs. Additionally, Ashley defends clients in litigation matters that often arise from an enforcement action. He works closely with the financial services litigation team to support the client during the entire lifecycle of a matter should it enter into litigation. He also works with clients regularly to provide routine compliance advice. Drawing upon his experience as a Deputy Attorney General, Ashley has developed an extensive consumer practice with regard to the consumer financial services industry, including advising debt buyers, debt collectors, payment processors, credit reporting agencies, and auto finance companies on regulatory and compliance issues. His deep involvement with Attorneys General organizations including the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) allows him to stay on the forefront of emerging issues which affect businesses across the United States daily. Ashley also founded and currently co-chairs, together with the Oregon Attorney General, the American Bar Association committee on state Attorneys General matters. He previously served as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights, appointed by President Bush from 2004-2010. Ashley serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor and provides ongoing analysis and commentary on developments in the consumer financial services industry, with a focus on regulatory developments.

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