Legal Issues and regulatory Compliance Conference 2016

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

  • Registration

    Location: Centennial Ballroom Foyer

  • Essentials - LO Comp, Ability to Repay & HOEPA Rules

    Location: Centennial Ballroom F-H


    Speaker(s)

    Jerra H. Ryan , Vice President, Compliance , Cherry Creek Mortgage Co., Inc

    R. Colgate Selden , Counsel , Alston & Bird

    Joseph E. Silvia , Senior Counsel , Locke Lord LLP

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    Designed for novices and those refreshing their knowledge, this session provides overviews and updates where applicable of the Loan Officer Compensation, Ability to Repay and Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA) rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

    Speaker(s)

    Jerra H. Ryan , Vice President, Compliance , Cherry Creek Mortgage Co., Inc

    Jerra H. Ryan is Vice President of Compliance at Cherry Creek Mortgage Company. Jerra worked as a litigation, real estate and regulatory compliance paralegal before entering the mortgage industry over 20 years ago. During her mortgage career, Jerra led branch production in excess of $250-million per year. Following RESPA 2010, she recognized the need to help colleagues navigate the gray space between the black-and-white rules. She left the front lines of origination to drive the alignment between compliance and production and to “define the black” for the cabinet, originators and operation teams by creating policy, procedures and compliance-specific best practices to demonstrate compliance with the rules. She raises the compliance IQ and fluency among mortgage professionals to promote consumer, company, investor and agency protection. Jerra is currently the Vice Chair of the MBA Regulatory Compliance Sub-Committee and has served as President of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association, the CMLA Board of Directors and led the Legislative Affairs and Education Committees at CMLA over the past decade.

    R. Colgate Selden , Counsel , Alston & Bird

    R. Colgate Selden is a counsel in Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group. His practice focuses on guiding clients through the full array of federal and state origination, servicing, debt collection, and secondary market issues they may face. Prior to joining Alston & Bird LLP, Colgate was a founding member of the U.S. Treasury’s CFPB Implementation Team charged with standing up the CFPB and later became a senior counsel in the CFPB’s Office of Regulations. While at the CFPB, he developed and drafted LO Comp, TILA-RESPA integrated disclosure, ATR/QM, HEOPA, HELOC and AMTPA policy and rules. Colgate also led the teams that provided CFPB interpretations to industry and other stakeholders for TILA Mortgage and the FDCPA. Additionally, he was a senior advisor on the RESPA and Privacy policy teams. Before entering government service Colgate was in a nationally recognized practice where he counseled a wide variety of financial services clients and related outsource and settlement service providers with respect to federal and state regulatory and licensing requirements, regulatory due diligence assessments and examination responses.

    Joseph E. Silvia , Senior Counsel , Locke Lord LLP

    Joseph E. Silvia is Senior Counsel in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP where he leads the Financial Services Regulatory practice and concentrates on bank and consumer finance transactions and regulation. Prior to joining Locke Lord, he was a counsel for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where he focused on bank, bank holding company, and savings and loan holding company supervision and regulation, as well as consumer finance and compliance matters. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, Joseph was in private practice where he advised mortgage companies and other financial institutions on an array of regulatory and transactional matters. Joseph gained substantial experience with consumer finance regulatory and transactional matters, including the alphabet soup of mortgage and consumer finance statutes and regulations. Joseph began his career in financial services as Senior Public Policy Specialist with the Mortgage Bankers Association where he focused on legislative and regulatory compliance matters affecting the mortgage industry and its participants. In addition to maintaining his practice at Locke Lord, Joseph is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law where he teaches Compliance in Consumer Finance.

  • HMDA – Introduction and Overview of the Rule

    Location: Centennial Ballroom A-E


    Speaker(s)

    Michael C. Flynn , Partner , Goodwin Procter, LLP

    Elena Babinecz , Senior Counsel, Office of Regulations , Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Michael Byrne , Technology and Innovation , Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Ken Markison , Vice President and Regulatory Counsel , Mortgage Bankers Association

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    This session kicks off a four-part workshop which examines the requirements and challenges of the newly finalized Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Rule. Part I will focus on the Rule’s coverage, effective dates, transactions to be reported and begins the discussion of new data elements.

    Speaker(s)

    Michael C. Flynn , Partner , Goodwin Procter, LLP

    Michael Flynn is a partner in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Financial Institutions Group in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the firm’s Banking, Consumer Financial Services, and FinTech practices. In his career, he has served as the Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as General Counsel of PNC Mortgage and Flagstar Bank. Mr. Flynn applies that unique background and expertise to advise clients on banking and consumer financial services regulatory and operational matters, including mortgage originations and servicing.

    Elena Babinecz , Senior Counsel, Office of Regulations , Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Elena Babinecz is a Senior Counsel in the Office of Regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). She joined the CFPB’s Office of Regulations in May of 2013. Ms. Babinecz’s expertise is in the area of fair lending. Her work focuses on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Regulation B, as well as the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and Regulation C. She played a key role in the HMDA Proposed Rule and Final Rule, and currently plays a leading role in the CFPB’s HMDA implementation work. Elena is also a member of the CFPB’s Diversity and Inclusion Council of Employees (DICE). She has been active in diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout her professional career. Prior to joining the CFPB, she practiced in the San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Miami offices of two leading consumer financial services law firms. Her practice focused on federal and state fair lending investigations and enforcement matters related to the mortgage banking industry. Ms. Babinecz also practiced at a Washington, D.C. civil rights law firm where she counseled lenders on compliance with consumer protection and fair lending laws, and litigated lending discrimination cases.

    Michael Byrne , Technology and Innovation , Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Ken Markison , Vice President and Regulatory Counsel , Mortgage Bankers Association

    Ken Markison is Vice President and Regulatory Counsel at the Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington, DC, where he works on and represents the mortgage industry on a very wide range of legal and regulatory issues. These include virtually all matters under the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Housing Act, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act and nearly every other law regulating the mortgage industry. He joined MBA in July 2004 following a thirty-two year career in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At the time of his retirement, Ken served as HUD's Assistant General Counsel for Government Sponsored Enterprises/RESPA. He was one of the principal architects of HUD's 2002 proposed RESPA Reform Rule and HUD's GSE rules. Earlier, he was instrumental in developing the HUD-Federal Reserve Report on Reform of TILA and RESPA as well as the HUD-Treasury Report on Curbing Predatory Lending. He also represented HUD on the Oversight Board for the Resolution Trust Corporation staff

  • Litigation Forum – Defending Servicing and Foreclosure Cases

    Location: Mineral Hall A-C


    Speaker(s)

    Brian F. Corey , Shareholder , Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

    Reid Manley , Partner , Burr & Forman, LLP

    Craig Lackey , Partner , Perkins Coie

    Joshua Charles Prever , Of Counsel , Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    William Doby , Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Mortgage Operations , PennyMac Financial Services, Inc.

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    The first session of this afternoon’s litigation forum will cover the latest case developments in servicing and foreclosure litigation. This discussion may include cases involving the Truth in Lending Act, Federal Debt Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other federal and state laws.

    Speaker(s)

    Brian F. Corey , Shareholder , Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

    Brian F. Corey is a shareholder at the Briggs and Morgan, P.A. law firm in Minneapolis practicing primarily in the areas of mortgage banking litigation, consumer lending and regulatory law. Brian has more than 30 years of experience in mortgage banking and consumer financial services. He advises clients on the full spectrum of federal and state lending, consumer credit, loan servicing, and consumer protection laws and regulations. He also represents clients in federal and state supervisory matters, investigations and enforcement proceedings and in litigation involving regulatory compliance matters. He acts as regulatory counsel on acquisitions of consumer loans and loan servicing rights and assists in creating and enhancing compliance management systems. Prior to joining Briggs in December 2015, Brian spent two decades at Green Tree Servicing LLC where he served as its general counsel and as chief compliance officer of Walter Investment Management Corp. There, he furnished legal and compliance services to Green Tree’s nationwide loan servicing and mortgage lending operations. Before Green Tree, Brian was an assistant general counsel for ITT Consumer Financial Corporation and also spent time in private practice.

    Reid Manley , Partner , Burr & Forman, LLP

    Reid Manley is a partner at Burr & Forman LLP which maintains offices in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. Reid practices in the firm's Litigation section, specializing in financial services litigation. Reid represents consumer finance and mortgage companies throughout the country. Reid has defended clients in single plaintiff cases, as well as mass actions and class actions filed by consumers. Reid also represents mortgage companies and correspondent lenders in repurchase and/or make-whole disputes. He also handles general commercial litigation. Reid is a member of the bar in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, and West Virginia. Reid is a Fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, an association of attorneys from the United States and Canada who are highly skilled and experienced in the preparation of real estate mortgage, lending transactions secured by real estate, and related practices. Reid is also a Fellow in the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Membership in the College is limited to those lawyers whose principal practice is in the fields of consumer financial services law, who have achieved preeminence in the field of consumer law and who have made repeated and substantial contributions to the promotion of learning and scholarship in consumer financial services law through teaching, lecturing and published writings. Also, Reid is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel ("FDCC"), which is an international group composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction. The FDCC is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism as they pursue the course of a balanced justice system and represent those in need of a defense in civil lawsuits. Reid currently is a member of the Board of Directors and holds other positions within the organization.

    Craig Lackey , Partner , Perkins Coie

    Craig Lackey is a partner at Perkins Coie. Craig concentrates his practice on the representation of consumer lenders and has represented mortgage lenders, auto finance companies and other consumer lenders of all sizes on a nationwide basis. He advises clients on compliance with, and litigation related to, federal, state and local consumer finance regulations. Most recently, Craig served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to Caliber Home Loans, Inc. and established a sophisticated legal, compliance and risk management culture that supported Caliber’s growth from a start up to a mature mid-sized company. During his tenure, the servicing portfolio grew from $4 billion to $70 billion and origination volume increased to more than $20 billion annually. Craig’s depth of experience and representation includes assisting clients in establishing compliance management systems, fair lending programs and risk management programs. He advises on legal and regulatory compliance issues for whole loan and mortgage servicing rights purchase and sale agreements, including distressed and nonperforming mortgages, and on issues involving licensing compliance, loan representations and warranties, and legal and regulatory risk exposure. Additional areas of counsel include providing guidance regarding state licensing of non-bank consumer financial services companies and management of regulatory relationships for licensed entities; mergers and acquisitions of mortgage banking companies; and administrative matters before state and federal regulators. Having first-hand knowledge of investigations, Craig represents clients during state and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) examinations. He counsels clients during actions initiated by the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency and U.S. Department of Justice and state financial regulators and Attorneys General.

    Joshua Charles Prever , Of Counsel , Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    Joshua Prever is Of Counsel with Morgan Lewis, a global leader in financial services representations. He has successfully represented some of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders and servicers in multidistrict class actions and single-borrower actions, as well as high-profile, high-stakes investigations by regulators and attorneys-general. These national-level representations have taken him to venues across the country for a myriad of issues. He is an authority on the patchwork of regulations governing the industry in all 50 states and at the federal level. And he routinely provides advice for the financial services and mortgage industry on new rules imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and on state banking regulations. In addition to his extensive financial services practice, Mr. Prever also maintains a wide-ranging complex commercial litigation docket in both federal and state court.

    William Doby , Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Mortgage Operations , PennyMac Financial Services, Inc.

    Will Doby is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Mortgage Operations at PennyMac Loan Services, LLC, where he provides legal support to its Correspondent Lending and Servicing Divisions. Prior to joining PennyMac in 2013, Will was Assistant General Counsel at MetLife, where he managed attorneys and paralegals supporting the Mortgage Servicing business. Previously, Will was Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America, where he managed both attorneys and paralegals and supported the Default Mortgage Servicing business. Will joined Bank of America after its merger with Countrywide Financial, where he had been Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel supporting Countrywide’s Default Servicing operations. He joined Countrywide in 2004 after 4 years in private practice specializing in Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

  • Refreshment Break

    Location: Centennial Ballroom Foyer

  • Essentials – Servicing

    Location: Centennial Ballroom F-H


    Speaker(s)

    Samuel Racoosin , Managing Director and Associate General Counsel , JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

    Lauren Campisi , Member , McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

    Wade Pyun , Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel , U.S. Bank Home Mortgage

    Tobias P. Moon , Partner, Consumer Financial Services Practice Group , Akerman LLP

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    This session covers the CFPB’s Servicing Rule as well as a review of relevant Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) actions and Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) proposals.

    Speaker(s)

    Samuel Racoosin , Managing Director and Associate General Counsel , JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

    Samuel Racoosin is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA. He is the lead attorney for the residential Loan Servicing performing, customer assistance and default legal teams. He is principally responsible for providing legal advice to the residential mortgage loan servicing business. Before joining JP Morgan Chase, Racoosin was Associate General Counsel at Fannie Mae. In that capacity, he was responsible for providing legal advice to the US Treasury in connection with the Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program. Samuel previously served as Associate General Counsel for Fannie Mae’s single family mortgage business, providing advice on new products, eMortgage initiatives, and loss mitigation. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Samuel was Associate General Counsel of North American Mortgage Company, a national mortgage banker.

    Lauren Campisi , Member , McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

    Lauren Campisi is a Member of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC and is resident in the firm’s New Orleans office. Lauren focuses her practice on consumer finance regulatory and compliance matters and litigation. She represents client who offer a variety of financial services, including national mortgage lenders and servicers, automotive and personal property finance companies, small loan companies and community banks. Lauren has particular experience assisting lenders and servicers with issues concerning the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Truth in Lending Act. Lauren also frequently advises clients on compliance with State lending and licensing laws and state debt collection laws and regulations. Lauren also represents clients in single party and class action litigation and federal and state enforcement actions. Lauren is an active member of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association and a frequent speaker on issues affecting the consumer financial services industry.

    Wade Pyun , Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel , U.S. Bank Home Mortgage

    Wade C. Pyun is Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel at U.S. Bancorp, where he specializes in financial regulatory and compliance matters by providing the Home Mortgage division with guidance on the operational adjustments mandated by federal and state laws and regulations (Dodd-Frank, TILA, RESPA, state homeowners bills of rights etc.). In performing this function, Wade represents and advises the Home Mortgage division in regulatory examinations conducted by the CFPB, FRB, and OCC. Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp in 2010, Wade worked for the California state legislature on a broad range of matters involving state consumer protection laws and regulations.

    Tobias P. Moon , Partner, Consumer Financial Services Practice Group , Akerman LLP

    Tobias P. Moon is a partner in Akerman's Consumer Financial Services Practice Group. His regulatory practice focuses on compliance with federal and state requirements related to originating and servicing loans secured by residential real property. He regularly counsels lenders, servicers, investors, and settlement service providers with regard to compliance with various federal statutes and regulations including RESPA/Regulation X, TILA/Regulation Z, ECOA/Regulation B, HMDA/Regulation C, and UDAAP. In addition, Tobias advises consumer financial services companies on complying with CFPB rules and exam readiness. Tobias also advises clients with regard to compliance with state lending and servicing statutes and regulations. Prior to joining Akerman, Tobias served in leadership positions with major U.S. banks for more than six years where he gained practical legal experience in addition to leading compliance and risk management teams. 

  • HMDA – Understanding the Data Points

    Location: Centennial Ballroom


    Speaker(s)

    Leslie Sowers , Partner , Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

    Leonard Ryan , President , QuestSoft

    Amy Bishop , Deputy General Counsel , Quicken Loans, Inc.

    Kathleen (Kitty) Ryan , Counsel , BuckleySandler, LLP

    Lynn Calahan , Vice President , Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

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    This second session of the workshop continues the discussion of the newly finalized Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Rule emphasizing the data to be provided by lenders, as well as operational challenges and solutions.

    Speaker(s)

    Leslie Sowers , Partner , Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

    Leslie A. Sowers is a Partner with Weiner Brodsky Kider PC and focuses on federal regulatory and compliance matters related to the financial services industry. Leslie advises financial institutions and mortgage companies on the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), the TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) Rule, as well as on loan originator compensation requirements, and other consumer finance regulatory matters. She works with companies to develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), and other fair lending and fair housing requirements. Additionally, Leslie regularly guides companies through the complexities of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and other financial privacy matters. Leslie also assists companies in preparing for and successfully navigating supervisory examinations, develops compliance policies and procedures, counsels on the requirements of FHA, VA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and prepares complex regulatory analyses of matters pertaining to residential mortgage lending and servicing. Leslie is co-author of Consumer Protection and Mortgage Regulation under Dodd-Frank, published by Thompson Reuters.

    Leonard Ryan , President , QuestSoft

    Leonard Ryan is President of QuestSoft. Mr. Ryan is an expert in areas of integrating regulatory requirements into lending processes. He has been a regular contributor to MBA and industry publications along with being a speaker at many trade association and software vendor conferences. He has numerous personal awards including Mortgage Banking Magazine’s Tech All-Star, the 2016 MPA Hot 100 superstars of the industry and a finalist for the Mortgage Technology Magazine Steven Fraser Visionary Award. His company, QuestSoft, serves over 2,000 lenders in regulatory compliance issues including HMDA, CRA, Fair Lending, TRID and many other federal and state regulations.

    Amy Bishop , Deputy General Counsel , Quicken Loans, Inc.

    Amy Bishop is Deputy General Counsel of Quicken Loans Inc., based in Detroit, Michigan. Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and the second largest retail home lender in the United States. The company originates and services conventional, FHA and VA residential mortgages. The company employs more than 13,000 team members. Quicken Loans offers a 50-state, national, centralized, internet based platform to deliver mortgages and high levels of client service. For five years in a row now, J.D. Power has ranked Quicken Loans highest in the nation in customer satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination. And for the second year, they also ranked Quicken Loans highest in the nation for Mortgage Servicing. Amy has developed a specialty practice in the area of regulatory compliance. At Quicken Loans, Amy is responsible for all mortgage compliance which includes origination, licensing and servicing compliance. The last few years have been dedicated to working with a new federal regulatory agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (aka CFPB), and implementing several new federal laws such as the Qualified Mortgage rule and national servicing standards. This year, we are focused on the new TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures which will not only replace the old Good Faith Estimate and the HUD-1 Settlement Statement but change how we close loans. Before joining Quicken Loans in 1998, Amy began her legal career as an associate attorney for a community bank.

    Kathleen (Kitty) Ryan , Counsel , BuckleySandler, LLP

    Kathleen “Kitty” Ryan, former Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Regulations at the CFPB, is Counsel* in the Washington, DC office of BuckleySandler LLP. Ms. Ryan combines public sector and in-house experience to offer unique insights for companies navigating in a heightened regulatory environment. She counsels financial services clients regarding a wide range of regulatory and compliance matters, particularly those involving mortgage regulation and fair lending. During her time at the CFPB, Ms. Ryan’s areas of responsibility included the completion of two of the Bureau’s largest mortgage rules: the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure or Know Before You Owe rule; and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act amendments. She was also responsible for helping to build out the Bureau’s regulatory implementation efforts, which are aimed at assisting the industry in understanding and complying with new regulations. In addition, Ms. Ryan also supervised the CFPB’s ongoing rulemaking regarding debt collection, and advised on the CFPB’s fair lending enforcement efforts and its Business Data Lending Rule.  Prior to joining the CFPB, Ms. Ryan was a Senior Regulatory Counsel at JPMorganChase where she advised multiple lines of business—including mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, student loans, and deposit products—regarding compliance with consumer financial protection statutes, fair lending, and the prohibition on unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAPs). Prior to joining the bank, Ms. Ryan spent more than a decade in the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Regulations Section, on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, where she was the lead attorney for mortgage-related issues, advised on fair lending matters, and participated in rulemakings under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, HMDA, the Truth in Lending Act, and the Community Reinvestment Act. Before joining the FRB, she served as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice and in the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Education.

    Lynn Calahan , Vice President , Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

    Lynn Calahan is a Vice President of Wells Fargo. Lynn entered the world of data and data standardization from a career as an economist and analyst, after running into, and solving data problems. Lynn previously managed Loan Origination data processing systems, and data standardization initiatives such as the Uniform Mortgage Data Program at Fannie Mae. Lynn also performed as a senior specialist of data standards at the US Treasury's Office of Financial Research, focusing on mortgage lending data and identification standards. Lynn is currently a vice president at Wells Fargo, supporting the home lending Financial Reform office with expertise on MISMO, FIBO, data standards, identification practices, and industry capabilities. Her focus is on using data standardization to support financial reform, and using data capabilities to solve business problems. Lynn Calahan currently co-chairs the MISMO Secondary workgroup, is a vice-chair of MISMO’s Core Data Structures, and leads the FIBO standards Loan Content Team.

  • Other Major Litigation

    Location: Mineral Hall A-C


    Speaker(s)

    Brian S. Levy , Of Counsel , Katten & Temple, LLP

    Andrew Glass , Partner , K&L Gates

    Jennifer Gray , Shareholder and Co-Chair Financial Services Litigation , Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

    Germán A. Salazar , Vice President, General Counsel , AmeriFirst Financial, Inc.

    Michael J. Steiner, Esq. , Attorney At Law , Severson & Werson

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    This forum session will consider major cases affecting the industry outside of servicing and foreclosure actions. Cases will involve a variety of laws including the False Claims Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) along with cases on overarching matters such as class action certification and standing.

    Speaker(s)

    Brian S. Levy , Of Counsel , Katten & Temple, LLP

    Brian S. Levy, Of Counsel with Katten & Temple, LLP, provides compliance, transactional and regulatory guidance for banks, mortgage originators and related providers. Brian has unique sales and in-house experience enabling him to provide practical and creative guidance on matters such as RESPA (MSA’s, lead sharing, joint marketing, desk leases, AfBA’s, etc.), mortgage repurchase defense, loan sales, loan officer compensation and other regulatory requirements and enforcement issues for originators. Brian is a frequent conference speaker and is a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Among other articles and publications, Mortgage Banking Magazine featured his article, Buybacks-They’re Not Going Away in September 2013. Mortgage Banking’s current edition (4/16) contains Brian’s latest article criticizing the CFPB’s enforcement-based method of providing compliance guidance. Brian was General Counsel to Guaranty Bank in Milwaukee WI for 15 years and prior to that worked for 5 years in private practice handling primarily commercial real estate law with what is now the international law firm DLA.

    Andrew Glass , Partner , K&L Gates

    Andrew Glass is a partner at K&L Gates LLP and a member of the firm's Consumer Financial Services group. Mr. Glass’s practice focuses on representing financial services clients in class actions and other complex litigation, government enforcement matters, and compliance matters arising under the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and state unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes. Mr. Glass regularly works with the Mortgage Bankers Association on amicus curiae briefing to the United States Supreme Court on fair lending issues.

    Jennifer Gray , Shareholder and Co-Chair Financial Services Litigation , Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

    Jennifer Gray is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLC and Co-Chair of its Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice Group. She represents financial institutions in civil litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. She has significant experience defending class actions arising under a broad range of federal consumer protection statutes, including FCRA, FDCPA, RESPA, TILA, EFTA, ECOA, and TCPA. She also defends clients in cases involving state unlawful and deceptive practices acts and other state laws.  Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Jennifer held senior in-house litigation positions at several large financial institutions, where she gained in-depth knowledge of the consumer finance industry and consumer finance products. While in-house, Jennifer oversaw class action litigation and managed in-house litigation management processes. She has experience with a wide range of legal issues affecting the industry, including fair lending, loan origination and servicing, repurchase issues, vendor management, HOA liens, reverse mortgages, among others. With this background, Jennifer brings a practical, insider’s perspective to representing and advising clients in litigation and litigation avoidance.

    Germán A. Salazar , Vice President, General Counsel , AmeriFirst Financial, Inc.

    Germán A. Salazar is the Vice President and General Counsel of AmeriFirst Financial, Inc. Germán has extensive experience in advising financial services clients from external and internal positions. At AmeriFirst he leads the company’s mortgage lending and servicing compliance, litigation management, employment-related matters, corporate transactions, corporate governance, internal investigations, regulatory examinations, advertising compliance, privacy, and intellectual property. Germán received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University in 1987 and is licensed to practice law in Texas, Florida, and Arizona.

    Michael J. Steiner, Esq. , Attorney At Law , Severson & Werson

    Michael J. Steiner is the Chair of Severson & Werson’s Financial Services Practice Group. For more than 30 years he has represented consumer lenders in state and federal courts in California and elsewhere. He specializes in defending mortgage lenders in consumer class action and unfair competition cases. During the past 15 years, he has defended mortgage lenders in more than 100 class action lawsuits arising from a broad spectrum of mortgage loan origination, servicing and payoff issues, including RESPA, TILA, and FCRA claims, loan origination fees, payoff fees, lien releases, foreclosure outsourcing, interest calculation, lender placed insurance, yield spread premiums, and loan modifications. Mr. Steiner has spoken and written frequently on consumer class actions and unfair business practice cases involving mortgage lenders. He also has extensive experience in loan sale and repurchase disputes, mortgage fraud, and the defense and management of individual claims arising from mortgage loan origination, servicing and default.

  • Refreshment Break

    Location: Centennial Ballroom Foyer

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