David L. Permut

David L. Permut

David L. Permut

David Permut, a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practices, is resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Permut specializes in general civil litigation, with particular emphasis on the defense of financial institutions in consumer financial services class actions, government investigations and government enforcement actions. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 for his work in financial services litigation.

Professional Activities

Mr. Permut is a member of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee and serves as a Co-chair of the Committee’s Housing Finance Subcommittee. Mr. Permut is a member of the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law.


Mr. Permut is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Mr. Permut has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. year over year for his work on financial services litigation and was listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2015 and 2016. In law school, Mr. Permut served as Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Permut defends against a variety of putative nationwide class actions arising under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act (RESPA), state unfair and deceptive acts and practices laws (UDAP), and other consumer lending statutes and regulations. He also has represented a number of financial institutions in contested matters before federal and state administrative agencies.

His recent work includes:

  • Representation of a joint venture between a mortgage lender and a real estate broker in two class actions challenging the affiliated business arrangement under RESPA and state law, culminating in a five-week jury trial tried to a defense verdict
  • Defense of a major credit card issuer in an MDL proceeding and state attorney general enforcement actions regarding credit card add-on products
  • Representation of a major mortgage servicer in defending numerous putative nationwide class actions challenging lender-placed insurance practices
  • Defense of a major loan servicer in class actions regarding the collection of default servicing fees from debtors in Chapter 13 bankruptcies
  • Successful defense of RESPA claims brought against affiliated business arrangements involving appraisal management and credit reporting companies
  • Defense of two national lenders in putative class actions challenging captive mortgage reinsurance arrangements



J.D., 1993
University of Virginia School of Law

(Order of the Coif)

A.B., 1990
Dartmouth College
(cum laude)



District of Columbia


U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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