Courtney Hayden, a senior attorney in Goodwin’s Financial Industry and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practices, specializes in the defense of financial institutions. She joined Goodwin in 2010.




Ms. Hayden defends financial institutions against lender and servicer liability claims in various state and federal courts and agencies. Ms. Hayden’s practice includes both individual matters, and defending against putative state and federal class actions. These cases typically arise under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Massachusetts Consumer Credit Cost Disclosure Act and various states’ unfair and deceptive trade practices acts.

Representative cases include:

  • Obtained summary judgment on various state and federal claims alleging mortgage servicing violations. Affirmed by First Circuit.
  • Defeated class certification in mortgage servicing case alleging ECOA and state unfair competition law violations arising out of untimely responses to HAMP loan modification applications.
  • Prevailed on Rule 12(b)(6) motion to strike class claims arising out of mortgage servicing violations.
  • Secured dismissals of fair lending cases pending before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
  • Led successful defense of numerous litigation matters against banks arising out of mortgage servicing and origination matters throughout New England and other states.
Professional Activities

Ms. Hayden is a member of multiple national and local bar associations, including the American Bar Association. There she works as a Young Lawyers Liaison between the ABA’s Consumer Financial Services Committee and the Diversity + Inclusion Committee.

Locally, Ms. Hayden serves on the Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Financial Services Section, acting as a liaison with the New Lawyers Section. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the BBA’s Multidistrict Litigation & Class Actions Section.

In addition, Ms. Hayden is a member of Goodwin’s Women’s Initiative and Attorney Liaison Committee. The Women’s Initiative supports and advances the development and leadership of Goodwin’s women attorneys, while the ALC fosters communication between partners and associates and works to implement associate ideas at Goodwin.

Professional Experience

While in law school, Ms. Hayden interned at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services. She also worked as a student attorney for Washington College of Law’s Federal Tax Clinic, where she counseled and represented clients in controversies before the I.R.S. and U.S. Tax Court. Prior to joining Goodwin, she clerked for the Honorable Kathleen E. Coffey at the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court Department.


While attending law school, Ms. Hayden was an editor for the Washington College of Law Criminal Law Brief.





J.D., 2009
American University Washington College of Law
B.A., 2004
Tufts University





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