Among his recent matters, Mr. Schneider has represented private equity funds and large corporate clients and financial institutions in the following matters:
- Advised numerous strategic buyers and private equity firms in placing transactional liability insurance to facilitate deals across many industries, ranging from health care, consumer and business products, financial services, insurance, and technology.
- Negotiated and reviewed the terms and conditions in executive and professional liability policies, including director’s and officer’s insurance, for numerous clients.
- Representing several financial services companies in putative nationwide ERISA class actions alleging that investment options in employee retirement plans had excessive fees and/or poor performance. These include several actions challenging mutual fund companies’ use of their own products as investment options in their own retirement plans.
- More than fifty lawsuits filed by individual borrowers challenging a wide variety of mortgage lending practices, from origination, to servicing, to loan modification, to foreclosure in several different states. Mr. Schneider resolved or succeeded in dismissing virtually all of the lawsuits. As part of his representation, Mr. Schneider successfully briefed and argued an appeal at the First Circuit Court of Appeals, after winning summary judgment at the district court level.
- Dozens of similar lawsuits filed in the District of Rhode Island by individual borrowers challenging the role of MERS in the foreclosure process, which were ordered into a mediation program before a special master. Mr. Schneider worked as part of a team to successfully resolve the lawsuits through the special master process or cause the lawsuits to be dismissed at the pleadings stage.
- Multiple lawsuits filed by counties and qui tam actions on behalf of counties challenging the use of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (“MERS”) loan registry system.
- Lawsuits filed by municipalities alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act resulting from allegedly discriminatory lending practices.
- Several multi-year litigations arising out of the issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities.
- A putative class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Schneider worked as a Court Attorney for the New York City Housing Court.