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).
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...Press Releases
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.Press Releases
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...Press Releases
"What constitutes reasonable security per Calif. privacy law?" by Amanda R. Lawrence, Michael A. Rome, and James C. Chou (Law360)
California Consumer Privacy Act compliance has been focused on developing the policies, procedures and infrastructure to support new privacy rights for California residents, which include, among other things, the right to know what personal information companies have on them, the right to delete...Articles
"Battle over business interruption coverage already underway" by Fredrick S. Levin, Michael A. Rome, and Ali M. Abugheida (Law360)
Businesses across the country are reviewing their insurance policies to assess whether they have valid claims against losses suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government shutdown directives. Two types of insurance coverage are particularly relevant: business interruption...Articles
"Preparing for private right of action under Calif. privacy law" by Amanda R. Lawrence and Michael A. Rome (Law360)
The California Consumer Privacy Act went into effect at the beginning of this year, and while the California attorney general will not begin enforcing it until July, the private right of action that the CCPA created is available to consumers now. The CCPA expressly provides for a private right of...Articles
Data breaches are back in the news in a big way. Over the past several weeks alone, prominent hotel chains, online platforms and retailers announced significant data breaches. Unsurprisingly, in the aftermath of these disclosures, consumers filed class actions alleging that the data breaches...Articles
"The rise and fall of statistical sampling in RMBS cases" by Amanda Lawrence and Michael A. Rome (Law360)
The 2008 mortgage crisis prompted a wave of residential mortgage-backed securities and repurchase litigation as trustees, certificate holders (i.e. investors), monoline insurers, securitizers and other stakeholders pursued claims related to loans securitized in RMBS trusts. One of the hallmarks of...Articles
Amanda Lawrence and Michael A. Rome Authored a Law360 Article, "The Great Class Action Ascertainability Debate"
In recent years, courts have divided sharply over whether or not Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure creates an implicit requirement that a class must be ascertainable in order to be certified. This article addresses the meaning of ascertainability, the circuit split over whether and to...Articles
- J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
- B.A., University of California, Davis, 2007 (Phi Beta Kappa)
- 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