Joe Kolar is a founding Partner of Buckley LLP, resident in the Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Kolar regularly counsels financial institutions, financial services companies, mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage insurers, national trade associations, nonprofits, and others in complying with mortgage and consumer loan contracts and lending and servicing regulations, including those relating to real estate settlement procedures (RESPA), truth in lending (TILA), ability to repay, loan originator compensation, appraisals, equal credit opportunity (ECOA)/fair housing/fair lending/fair servicing, privacy, fair credit reporting (FCRA), electronic signatures and records (ESRA), escrows, flood insurance, lender-placed insurance, debt collection, loss mitigation and foreclosures, federal preemption, community reinvestment (CRA), disclosures, state law and regulations, and licensing.
In addition to closely monitoring the regulatory and enforcement activity of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Mr. Kolar advises on Federal Housing Administration-insured and Department of Veterans Affairs-guaranteed single-family loan programs, Ginnie Mae guaranteed securities programs, and the programs and policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as they relate to loan origination, servicing, and secondary market transactions. In addition, Mr. Kolar frequently represents mortgage lenders and others in negotiating joint ventures, marketing and internet origination agreements and vendor agreements, as well as other contracts used or needed by a wide variety of financial services companies.
Mr. Kolar is a member of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association, where he is a past Co-chair of the Housing Finance and RESPA Subcommittee, and a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Kolar worked as a staff member for former U.S. Representative Jim Leach (R-IA).
Mr. Kolar currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Counsel for the Elderly, which is associated with AARP, and of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, and is President of the Kolar Charitable Foundation of Buckley.
Mr. Kolar received a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 (cum laude), where he was an Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer, and a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1982.
An enviable reputation for his consumer finance regulatory compliance practice...one of the go-to guys in this space.Chambers USA
“Buckley attorneys are incredibly responsive while providing top quality legal services,” is how respondents described the firm in the 2020 edition of Legal 500, which ranked Buckley as a top law firm and recognized it in six categories:
- Corporate Investigations and White ...
Buckley recognized by Chambers USA as a “top-notch” firm in financial services and white collar work
Buckley has once again received top recognition in financial services regulation, white collar crime/government investigations, and fintech from Chambers USA, which ranks the country’s leading firms and lawyers in a range of practice areas based on research and client interviews....Announcements
Buckley recognized by Chambers USA as a “first-rate firm” in financial services; “crème de la crème” for White Collar practice
Buckley has once again received top recognition in financial services regulation and white collar crime/government investigations from Chambers USA, which ranks the country’s leading firms and lawyers in a range of practice areas based on research and client interviews.
The firm was profiled in a Law360 article, "Too small to fail?" which discussed the creation of Buckley Sandler and its success over the past decade. Click here to read the full article . Originally published in Law360; reprinted with permission.In The News
Buckley Sandler recognized by Chambers USA as “an excellent firm” with “a fine stable of expert attorneys”
Buckley Sandler once again has received top recognition in financial services regulation and white collar crime/government investigations from Chambers USA, which ranks the country’s leading firms and lawyers in a range of practice areas by researching the firms and interviewing...Announcements
Buckley Sandler Recognized by Chambers USA as an “Exceptional” Financial Services Regulation and White Collar Firm
Buckley Sandler has continued to receive top recognition in the areas of financial services regulation and white collar crime/government investigations from Chambers USA , which ranks the country’s leading firms and lawyers in a range of practice areas based on in-depth client interviews and peer...In The News
Buckley Sandler is pleased to announce that 11 of its partners have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2018.
Partners Jeremiah S. Buckley,...Announcements
Buckley Sandler today announced the publication of the second edition of the CFPB Mortgage Origination Rules Deskbook. Produced in partnership with the American Bankers Association, the book is the definitive guide for bank and nonbank mortgage originators navigating the Consumer...Announcements
BuckleySandler is pleased to announce that eight of its partners have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2017 in nine categories, and Jeremiah Buckley has been named a Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance for Washington, DC. Partners Andrew L...Press Releases
Buckley Sandler Noted As "One of the Most Significant Consumer Finance and Banking Enforcement Firms in the US Market" By Chambers USA
Buckley Sandler has continued to receive top recognition in financial services regulation and white collar crime/government investigations from Chambers USA , which ranks leading firms and lawyers in a range of practice areas throughout the US based on in-depth client and peer research. The firm...In The News
Buckley Sandler Files Amicus Curiae Brief on Behalf of Industry Group in RESPA Case; Marks First Appeal Against CFPB Director Decision
On October 5, 2015, Buckley Sandler attorneys filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Consumer Mortgage Coalition (CMC) in the first case to come up on appeal to the District of Columbia Circuit since the CFPB was founded in 2011. In the CMC’s brief, Buckley Sandler attorneys argued that the...Press Releases
As a result of last Tuesday’s election, Republicans will control the White House and both houses of Congress in 2017. It is likely there ultimately will be some significant changes affecting financial services regulation and enforcement, but they will take time to implement. The President-elect has...Articles
Special Alert: D.C. Circuit Panel Rejects CFPB's RESPA Interpretation and Alters its Structure in PHH Corp. v. CFPB
On October 11, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion vacating a $109 million penalty imposed on PHH Corporation under the anti-kickback provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), concluding that the CFPB...Articles
On Friday, the CFPB issued its much anticipated proposal to amend the KBYO/TRID rule. The CFPB crowded dozens of proposed changes into the almost 300 page proposal, most of which are highly technical and require careful examination. As the Bureau has signaled since its intention to issue amendments...Articles
On June 23, the Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court judgment holding that a non-bank entity assisting consumers obtain loans from an out-of-state bank and then repurchasing those loans days later qualifies as a “credit service business” under the Maryland Credit Services Business Act (...Articles
Director Cordray announced yesterday in a letter to industry trade groups that the CFPB has "begun drafting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Know Before You Owe Rule.” However, contrary to some reports, the proposal is not imminent. Instead, Director Cordray stated that the Bureau “...Articles
On December 29, 2015, CFPB Director Richard Cordray issued a letter in response to concerns raised by the Mortgage Bankers Association regarding violations of the CFPB’s new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (“TRID”) rule, also known as the Know Before You Owe rule. In an effort to address concerns...Articles
The fifth edition of the Practising Law Institute’s Consumer Financial Services Answer Book was published this month, with 29 Buckley Sandler attorneys contributing to this leading desk reference. The 2016 edition of the Consumer Financial Services Answer Book continues to provide practitioners...Articles
On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a compliance bulletin providing guidance to mortgage industry participants regarding the permissibility of marketing services agreements (“MSAs”) under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). The bulletin...Articles
Awards & Recognitions
- Best Lawyers 2021: Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
- Chambers USA 2020, Band 2, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
- Legal 500 2020: Financial services – Regulation
- Best Lawyers 2020: Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
- Chambers USA 2019, Band 2, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
- Best Lawyers 2019: Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
- Chambers USA 2018, Band 2, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
- Best Lawyers 2018: Banking and Finance Law
- Chambers USA 2010-2017, Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
- Best Lawyers 2017: Banking and Finance Law
- Best Lawyers 2015: Banking and Finance Law
- Chambers USA 2008 and 2009, Band 1, Consumer Financial Services Regulation
- J.D., Georgetown University, 1985 (cum laude)
- B.B.A., University of Iowa, 1982
- District of Columbia
- Virginia (Associate Membership)
- Staff Member for former U.S. Representative Jim Leach (R-IA)