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Biography

Melina W. Montellanos is an Associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Buckley LLP, where her practice focuses on state and federal regulatory compliance matters for a variety of financial services industry clients including financial institutions, mortgage lenders, services, and investors.

She advises clients on compliance with federal law and regulations including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Ms. Montellanos also advises clients on state and federal licensing requirements, residential and commercial mortgage lending, brokering, and servicing

Representative matters include:

  • Conducting multi-state surveys of state licensing requirements and exemptions for purchasing, servicing, and holding mortgage servicing rights to residential mortgage loans and commercial mortgage loans
     
  • Assisting clients in obtaining mortgage lender, broker, and servicer, and collection agency licenses and approvals
     
  • Assisting companies with electronic compliance issues under the federal ESIGN Act and related state laws, as well as the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), and Regulation E, regarding activities such as electronic disclosures, submissions, and payments
     
  • Advising companies on privacy policies and notices regarding consumer financial information to ensure compliance with the GLBA, Regulation P, FCRA, and applicable state laws
     
  • Reviewing compensation agreements for loan originators, branch managers, and other originating employees for compliance with the Loan Originator Compensation Rule under Regulation Z
     
  • Advising mortgage lenders on anti-money-laundering (AML) internal reviews

Ms. Montellanos received her J.D. from Georgetown University in 2018, where she served on the Georgetown Technology Review. She received her B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015.