Alyssa Sussman is an associate in the firm's Business Litigation, Financial Industry, and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practices. She joined Goodwin in 2011. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and includes defending banks, mortgage lenders and servicers, credit issuers, and other large companies against putative state and nationwide class actions, multi-district class actions, and individual 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 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) as well as unfair and deceptive trade practices acts, predatory lending statutes, and common law.

Experience

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工作经历

Ms. Sussman’s work includes:

  • Securing dismissal in a nationwide putative class action against a national mortgage servicer in the Southern District of New York, alleging violation of the RICO and New York General Business Law § 349
  • Securing dismissal in a statewide putative class action against a national mortgage lender in the Southern District of New York, alleging violation of the RESPA
  • Securing a favorable settlement in a statewide putative class action against a national mortgage lender in the Eastern District of New York, alleging violation of New York property laws
  • Securing a favorable settlement in a statewide putative class action against a national mortgage servicer in the Eastern District of New York, alleging violation of the FDCPA, the RESPA, New York General Business Law § 349, and other New York laws
  • Securing favorable settlements for software developer in stock option disputes with former employees 
  • Representing an issuer bank in a nationwide putative class action pending in the Southern District of New York, alleging breach of contract, violation of New York General Business Laws §§ 349 and 350, and related claims in connection with the authorization of overdraft fees on debit card transactions
  • Representing a mortgage servicer in a case pending in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, involving allegations of fraud and predatory lending
  • Securing dismissal in a nationwide putative class action against a national bank in the Southern District of California, alleging violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law in connection with mortgage default servicing activities related to the Home Affordable Modification Program
  • Securing partial summary judgment and a favorable settlement in a statewide putative class action against a national bank in the Central District of California, alleging violation of the ECOA and California’s Unfair Competition Law in connection with mortgage default servicing activities
  • Securing summary judgment for a national bank in an action appealed to the Tenth Circuit, finding that a bankruptcy trustee could not avoid a mortgage assignment involving the Mortgage Electronic Registration System under various federal statutes
  • Defending a national bank in a putative nationwide class action before the Tenth Circuit appealing a decision dismissing RICO and promissory estoppel claims based on alleged misconduct in the loan modification process
  • Defeating class certification in the largest multi-district litigation challenging mortgage servicer practices under the Home Affordable Modification Program
  • Defeating class certification in a nationwide action against a national bank in the Central District of California, alleging breach of contract and violation of various state consumer protection statutes for failure to honor loan modifications
  • Defeating class certification in a nationwide action against a national bank in the District of Columbia, alleging breach of contract, violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act, and violation of the FDCPA for failure to honor loan modifications
  • Defeating class certification in a statewide action against a national bank in the Eastern District of California, alleging breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and violation of the FDCPA, California’s Unfair Competition Law, and various credit reporting statutes for delaying implementation of loan modifications
  • Securing dismissal in a putative Massachusetts class action appealed to the First Circuit, alleging negligence, fraud, violation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, and violation of the Massachusetts Uniform Commercial Code for misconduct in connection with mortgage underwriting and the loan modification process
  • Securing dismissal in a putative California class action appealed to the Ninth Circuit, alleging violation of California’s Predatory Lending Law, California’s Unfair Competition Law, and the California Commercial Code for misconduct in connection with mortgage underwriting and the loan modification process
  • Advising clothing designer regarding dispute brought by consumers under the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act
  • Advising national bank in contractual dispute regarding distribution of investment products
  • Advising national bank in contractual dispute regarding compliance with NACHA rules

Ms. Sussman’s pro bono work includes defending a preschool in a contract dispute regarding the provision of accounting services.

Professional Activities

Ms. Sussman is a member of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law Group, and Litigation Group.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Sussman was an attorney at the New England Innocence Project.

Recognition

While in law school, Ms. Sussman was an Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy.

Credentials

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专业资格

Education

J.D., 2010
Northwestern University School of Law
B.A., 2005
Cornell University

Admissions

Bar

New York
Massachusetts
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