Katherine B. Katz is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Buckley LLP. Ms. Katz represents financial industry clients in a wide range of litigation, regulatory compliance, and corporate matters relating to mortgage lending and mortgage servicing activities, including government enforcement actions, regulatory examinations, administrative actions, qui tam cases, due diligence reviews, and internal risk assessments. She has represented clients in matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), Small Business Administration (SBA), and state attorneys general. She also has extensive experience managing complex discovery and production issues, including through the use of advanced analytics.
Ms. Katz’s representative matters include the following:
- False Claims Act (FCA) and Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) investigations by the DOJ, various U.S. attorney’s offices, HUD, and VA concerning compliance with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Direct Endorsement Lender program guidelines and VA loan program requirements
- Assisting clients with proposed notices of termination, proposed administrative actions and sanctions, and audit responses concerning FHA, VA, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, as well as Ginnie Mae securitizations, including before the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office of General Counsel (OGC), HUD’s Mortgagee Review Board and Quality Assurance Division, and the FHFA
- Multistate investigation and examination matters, including with various state attorneys general
- Defending FCA qui tam cases concerning origination of FHA-insured loans
- Advising clients on a wide range of compliance matters, including FHA, VA, Ginnie Mae, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac requirements; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Equal Credit and Opportunity Act (ECOA); fair lending; complaint management; and internal quality control programs
- Risk assessments of mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers for compliance with federal consumer financial protection laws, regulatory guidance, and investor requirements, including requirements of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
- Due diligence reviews of mortgage servicers and subservicers, and other financial industry companies
Although much of Ms. Katz’s work is nonpublic, some of her more recent public matters include:
- Representations of two major banks — Regions Bank and IberiaBank — in successful resolutions of multi-year FCA investigations concerning FHA lending, reaching agreements with the DOJ and HUD that included no admission of liability, no administrative sanction, no prospective relief, and of the two matters, one settlement payment that remains the lowest amount paid by any bank to date for comprehensive origination conduct
In addition, Ms. Katz also has an active pro bono practice. She has appeared in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on behalf of indigent clients.
Ms. Katz received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010. During law school, she served on the William Minor Lile Moot Court Board and the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. Ms. Katz received a B.A. from Wake Forest University in 2005. She is conversational in Spanish.
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"FHA enforcement: What decreased reliance on the False Claims Act means for FHA lenders and servicers" by Melissa Klimkiewicz, Michelle L. Rogers, and Katherine Brockway Katz (HousingWire)
Top offcials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are looking to chart a new course to win back banks that have fled the Federal Housing Administration lending program following a series of multimilliondollar False Claims Act settlements. In the past, HUD has partnered with the U...Articles
- J.D., University of Virginia, 2010
- B.A., Wake Forest University, 2005
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia