Joseph F. Yenouskas

Joseph F. Yenouskas

Partner
Joseph F. Yenouskas

Joe Yenouskas, a partner in Goodwin's Financial Industry and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practices, focuses on general civil litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, with a particular emphasis on defending financial institutions and mortgage lenders in complex consumer class action lawsuits.

Mr. Yenouskas has litigated cases arising under TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, FCRA and FHA, state and federal unfair and deceptive practice statutes, and common law. He has handled lawsuits on origination, servicing, payoff and foreclosure practices, including yield spread premiums, cancellation of private mortgage, predatory lending practices, escrow account withholding, and reconveyance and payoff fees.

Mr. Yenouskas also possesses an extensive general litigation background, including cases involving telecommunications carriers, lender liability lawsuits, complex environmental actions, defense of white collar investigations and insurance coverage litigation.

Experience

Mr. Yenouskas has represented mortgage lenders, servicers and securitization trustees in litigation across the country, including:

  • Coordinating the defense of multiple lawsuits filed by counties and qui tam actions on behalf of counties challenging use of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System loan registry system. Motions to dismiss and for summary judgment have been granted in more than two dozen cases. 
  • Defending class actions and individual litigation filed by borrowers challenging lenders’ foreclosure practices under state laws. All class cases and virtually all individual cases dismissed.
  • Defending actions by counties seeking recovery of transfer tax payments for properties sold at foreclosure sales.
  • Obtaining summary judgment in a putative class action alleging that origination fees were charged in violation of Missouri’s Second Mortgage Loan Act.
  • Obtaining summary judgment and order striking class allegations in putative class action alleging that prepayment penalties violated state law. 
  • Obtaining dismissal of putative class action by borrowers alleging that lenders should be held liable for actions of broker that committed fraud in origination scheme.
  • Representing lender in claims against mortgage guaranty insurer for improper rescission of insurance coverage. Defendant settled in discovery.
  • Defending multiple putative class actions alleging use of borrower credit information in violation of FCRA and FACTA.
Professional Activities

Mr. Yenouskas is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bar Associations.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2003, Mr. Yenouskas practiced complex commercial litigation at several Washington, D.C. area law firms.

Recognition

Mr. Yenouskas served as notes editor for the George Washington Law Review.

Credentials

Education

J.D., 1987
The George Washington University Law School

(Order of the Coif)

B.A., 1982
Georgetown University

(cum laude)

Clerkships

1987 to 1989 U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Honorable Joyce Hens Green

Admissions

Bar

District of Columbia
Virginia

Courts

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
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