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Michael A. Rome is a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Buckley LLP. Mr. Rome represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of litigation and government enforcement matters. His work includes complex commercial disputes related to mortgage-backed securities, indemnity disputes, and consumer class actions alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices. He also routinely represents clients in disputes involving claims under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and the California Financing Law (CFL).  

Additionally, Mr. Rome represents banks and nonbank financial services providers in cases relating to the National Bank Act, the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act (DIDMCA), the Consumer Finance Protection Act (CFPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Mr. Rome’s recent work includes representing:

  • Financial institutions in complex mortgage-backed securities litigation
     
  • Large national banks in putative class actions related to the charging of overdraft fees
     
  • A fintech platform in a dispute involving laws of numerous states and applicability of the federal preemption of state usury laws
     
  • Numerous lenders in class actions alleging violations of the CARES Act and its implementing regulations
     
  • A leading Property Assessed Clean Energy financing administrator in consumer class actions related to origination, marketing, and structure of PACE financing programs in different jurisdictions  
     
  • Universal Entertainment Corp., a large Japanese gaming manufacturer, and its subsidiary, Aruze USA, Inc., in FCPA-related litigation brought by Wynn Resorts Ltd., as well as in related parallel matters. The case involved one of the first examples of a private party using allegations of FCPA violations as an affirmative weapon to gain an upper hand in an unrelated contract dispute. After six years of litigation – during which the parties produced millions of documents, argued more than a dozen appeals and scores of motions, and took nearly 100 depositions – Wynn Resorts agreed to pay $2.6 billion to our clients just a month before trial
     
  • A large bank in a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) investigation related to loan servicing
     
  • An online delivery platform in a California unfair competition lawsuit

Mr. Rome received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 2007 (Phi Beta Kappa).

In The News

  • Buckley promotes five to partner

    WASHINGTON, DC (March 31, 2021) – Buckley LLP announced that it promoted Jeffrey Hydrick, Katherine Katz, Sasha Leonhardt, Michael Rome, and Edward Somers to partner from counsel. "These five individuals, from three of our offices, have consistently provided exemplary legal work and guidance to our...

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  • Buckley Sandler wins motion in Johnny Depp suit against ex-lawyer

    WASHINGTON, DC (August 30, 2018) – Buckley Sandler and co-counsel Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner won a major motion in its representation of Johnny Depp in a $30 million suit against his ex-lawyer. L.A. Superior Court Judge Terry Green ruled that a contingency-fee arrangement claimed by a former attorney was voidable by Depp.

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  • Johnny Depp Litigation – News and Resources

    A compilation of media coverage and developments:

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  • Buckley Sandler Announces Six Promotions for 2018

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 17, 2018) – Buckley Sandler LLP today announced the promotion of six associates in three of its offices to counsel, effective Jan. 1, 2018. “These six attorneys have worked diligently on behalf of our clients and are well deserving of promotion to counsel, “ said Andrew L...

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Education

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010 
  • B.A., University of California, Davis, 2007 (Phi Beta Kappa)

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

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