Sabrina Rose-Smith is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry Litigation and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practices. Her nationwide practice includes both defending financial institutions against consumer class actions and government enforcement actions, and providing regulatory compliance and litigation risk counseling to banks, credit card issuers, mortgage lenders and specialty and small-dollar FinTech companies. She is also a member of Goodwin’s CSR + ESG practice, and focuses on fair and responsible lending/banking, financial inclusion, and Community Reinvestment Act risks and obligations.

Sabrina defends financial services clients in high stakes enforcement matters and class action cases involving the Truth In Lending Act (TILA), 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 Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), state and federal unfair and deceptive trade practices (UDAP) statutes and other alleged violations of law arising from her clients’ lending, servicing and/or collections activity.

Sabrina also serves on Goodwin’s Executive Committee, and she is Co-Chair of CRED@Goodwin, a partner-led firm-wide initiative focused on recruiting and promoting attorneys of color.

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Her areas of experience include:

  • Defense of enforcement actions involving the CFPB, HUD, DOJ, and state attorneys general
  • Class action defense, including successful methods for defeating class certification in both consumer finance and business litigation matters involving banks and other financial services businesses
  • Assisting FinTech companies and financial institutions in assessing compliance and risk concerns in lending operations, and in the creation and licensing of new specialty finance products, such as debit and stored value cards, installment loans and money transmission

She has recently represented:

  • A nationwide mortgage servicer in multiple government enforcement actions based on alleged RESPA mortgage servicing rules violations, and various state unfair and deceptive trade practices allegations
  • A national bank in a prepaid card enforcement action
  • A nationwide mortgage lender in a government enforcement action based on alleged failure to comply with Federal Housing Administration guidelines for FHA – insured loans
  • A national bank in a lawsuit alleging systemic violations of the Fair Housing Act
  • A venture capital firm in a nationwide class action alleging that a company the firm invested in committed unfair and deceptive trade practices in the marketing and servicing of small dollar loans 
  • A mortgage lender in a class-wide federal jury trial involving lender’s alleged violations of RESPA’s affiliated business rules
  • A national bank against civil claims arising out of its mortgage default servicing activity, including UDAP claims regarding fees charged and breach of contract claims for wrongful foreclosure or the conduct of vendors involved in the foreclosure/collections process
  • A regional bank regarding its compliance with HUD regulations for FHA lenders and loan servicers
  • A nationwide lender in a multi-district litigation (MDL) based on alleged unfair and deceptive sales and marketing of loan products
Professional Activities

Sabrina is a member of the American Bar Association (Business Law, Litigation and Minority Trial Lawyer sections) and has served on executive committees within NAWL, the National Association of Women Lawyers. She is fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and mentor to women and minorities within the firm and the broader legal profession.

Recognition

Sabrina is recognized by Chambers USA for her expertise in consumer finance enforcement and investigations. Chambers notes that Sabrina is a “versatile and very skilled litigator, who gets the overall strategy.”

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J.D.
Vanderbilt University Law School
B.A.
Hollins University, with honors

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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