Joseph Reilly, Authority on CFPB Mortgage Rules, Joins McGuireWoods in Washington

January 9, 2018

Joseph J. Reilly, an accomplished regulatory and enforcement lawyer and principal author of the definitive guide to navigating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mortgage origination rules, has joined McGuireWoods’ financial services litigation practice in Washington.

Reilly represents clients in regulatory and enforcement investigations involving residential mortgage origination and servicing and other consumer finance matters. He advises on a multitude of federal consumer financial rules, including CFPB mortgage regulations, mortgage insurance law, fair lending, disclosures and federal preemption.

Reilly took the lead in creating The CFPB Mortgage Origination Rules Deskbook, the authoritative treatise on mortgage origination regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. First published in 2014, it is the American Bankers Association’s most downloaded publication ever. The association published its second edition in 2017.

“Joe is a respected authority on consumer financial regulations, having written the book that guides lenders through CFPB’s mortgage origination rules,” said Brad Kutrow, chair of McGuireWoods’ Financial Services Litigation Department. “He is a key addition to our team who strengthens our capabilities in CFPB and bank regulatory matters.”

Reilly joins McGuireWoods from Buckley Sandler in Washington. His arrival follows last year’s addition of former CFPB senior counsel Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke, who joined the firm’s financial services litigation practice in Charlotte.

“Joe’s depth of experience in regulatory and enforcement investigations makes him a great fit for our practice, and our clients will benefit tremendously from his command of complex consumer finance rules,” said Todd Mullins, managing partner of the firm’s Washington office.

“McGuireWoods has one of the nation’s most respected litigation practices and a track record of excellence in meeting the needs of its prominent financial services clients,” Reilly added. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with this elite team and contribute to the firm’s continuing success.”

McGuireWoods has been recognized by respected, independent authorities for its litigation capabilities. The firm has repeatedly earned national Tier 1 rankings for banking and finance litigation in U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” most recently in the 2018 edition. Law360 also recognized McGuireWoods in its inaugural “Litigation Powerhouse” rankings for the firm’s work in a range of areas, including financial services.

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