Levi Swank

Levi Swank

Partner
Levi Swank
Washington, DC
+1 202 346 4131

Levi Swank is a partner in the firm’s Financial Industry group and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice. Levi represents banks, non-bank financial institutions, and Fintech companies in complex litigation, appellate, and government enforcement matters. He has served as counsel of record in federal and state courts around the country, including the United States Supreme Court, and has represented numerous banks and Fintech companies in investigations and administrative enforcement proceedings initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Levi is particularly expert in advising clients and defending matters related to the False Claims Act, Fair Housing Act, and the alphabet soup of federal and state consumer finance laws, including RESPA, FCRA, ECOA, TILA, FDCPA, and UDAAP. Levi also co-lead’s Goodwin’s Consumer Finance Insights blog, the marketplace’s first resource for real-time reporting on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity, and co-author’s Goodwin’s Consumer Finance Year in Review. Levi joined Goodwin in 2015 following his service as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Experience

  • Counsel for multiple fintech companies in investigations brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that concerned credit reporting, payment processing, and real estate settlement services
  • Counsel for national bank defending complex litigation alleging that the bank engaged in racial discrimination in mortgage lending and servicing
  • Counsel for two top-ten mortgage lenders in defending complex litigation brought by county officials challenging mortgage recording practices
  • Counsel for multiple top-ten mortgage lenders defending litigation and enforcement actions concerning FHA lending practices
  • Counsel for national bank and reinsurance subsidiaries in multiple RICO matters concerning mortgage insurance and reinsurance practices

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Levi served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alice M. Batchelder of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Recognition

In law school, Levi served as an executive editor of the Virginia Law Review, and was a member of the Virginia Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

Credentials

Education

JD2013

University of Virginia School of Law

(Order of the Coif)

BA2010

Patrick Henry College

(summa cum laude)

Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Honorable Alice Batchelder

Admissions

Bars

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Publications

Levi’s speaking engagements include:

  • Speaker, “HUD and CFPB Administrative Adjudication Proceedings: Background, Recent Updates, and Legal Challenges,” Mortgage Bankers Association Regulatory Compliance Conference, September 2022
  • Speaker, “CFPB Updates on handling of RESPA violations and Kickbacks,” New York Association of Mortgage Brokers (NYAMB), May 2022
  • Speaker, “Developing a Consumer Complaint Response Strategy for Fintech Companies,” Webinar, September 2020
  • Speaker, “Financial Services Forward Focus: Top of Mind Regulatory and Enforcement Issues Facing Fintech Companies in the Current Climate,” Webinar, July 2020
  • Speaker, Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference, 2019 May 2019
  • Speaker, Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference, 2018 April 2018

Levi’s recent publications include:

  • Co-Author, “CRA Plays Role in DOJ Fight Against Redlining,” Law 360, July 27, 2023
  • Co-Author, “2020 Year in Review: Consumer Finance,” Goodwin Blog, February 2021
  • Co-Author, “10 Key Takeaways From California’s New Consumer Finance Regulatory and Enforcement Regime,” Goodwin Finance Flash, November 2020
  • Co-Author, “Consumer Finance 2019 Year in Review,” Goodwin Insights, March 2020
  • Co-Author, “Compliance in UDAAP Risk Environment,” The Review of Banking & Financial Services, September 2019