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"'...unquestionably one of the most practical and user-friendly lawyers in the regulatory compliance and licensing space.'"

Chambers USA

Clinton R. Rockwell

Partner

  • p. 310.424.3901
  • f. 310.424.3960
  • crockwell@buckleysandler.com

Biography

Clint Rockwell heads the firm's Los Angeles office and advises a variety of clients on consumer financial services matters, including banks, mortgage companies, auto lenders, commercial lenders, secondary market loan purchasers, and securities broker-dealers, regarding regulatory, licensing, compliance and transactional matters. Mr. Rockwell's practice includes representing clients in fair lending, UDAAP and related regulatory and compliance matters involving the CFPB, the DOJ and other federal and state agencies. Mr. Rockwell’s practice also includes a focus on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lending and more recently in False Claims Act matters involving FHA loans. Mr. Rockwell assists in establishing FHA lending platforms and representing clients before HUD in connection with approval, program administration, and enforcement issues. He also represents lenders in connection with reverse mortgage programs, and state-licensed lenders in state examinations and enforcement actions.

Mr. Rockwell is one of the original members of Buckley Kolar LLP, joining the firm as an associate attorney at its formation in January 2004. Prior to joining BuckleySandler, he was with Goodwin Procter LLP in Washington, DC.

Specifically, Mr. Rockwell has been involved with matters including:

  • Federal preemption of state consumer and commercial credit laws
  • Federal and state laws regarding proposed financial products and services, including the impact of Alternative Mortgage Transaction Parity Act (AMTPA) preemption, interest exportation, National Bank Act, and Home Owners’ Loan Act (HOLA) preemption on proposed financial products and operations
  • State high-cost home loan laws
  • Licensing and regulatory compliance in connection with state mortgage banker, broker, consumer and commercial loan laws
  • Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA) Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), and other federal law compliance for national mortgage lenders
  • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) compliance, including affiliated business arrangements and joint ventures
  • Consumer and commercial compliance audits
  • Regulatory analyses regarding residential mortgage lending, commercial lending, real estate brokerage, loan sale/purchase, and electronic funds transfers
  • Rate exportation/most favored lender issues
  • Formation of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veterans Administration (VA) lending platforms and FHA compliance
  • Federal and state enforcement examinations.

Mr. Rockwell was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2010-2014, where he is currently ranked Band 3 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance). Chambers recognizes Mr. Rockwell for "[continuing] to impress in the consumer finance space."

Mr. Rockwell is a member of the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee, the University of London Post Graduate Law Society and the Bentham Society at University College, London.

Publications

Awards & Recognition

  • Chambers USA 2013-2014: Band 3, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
  • Chambers USA 2010-2012: Up and Coming, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)