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"An enviable reputation for his consumer finance regulatory compliance of the go-to guys in this space."

Chambers USA

Joseph M. Kolar


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  • f. 202.349.8080


Joe Kolar is a founding partner of BuckleySandler LLP, resident in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Kolar regularly counsels financial institutions, financial services companies, mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage insurers, national trade associations and others in complying with mortgage and consumer lending and servicing regulations, including those relating to real estate settlement procedures, truth in lending, equal credit opportunity/fair housing/fair lending, privacy, fair credit reporting, electronic signatures and records, escrows, collections, community reinvestment, state law and regulations, and licensing.

Mr. Kolar also has a significant practice in evaluating, drafting and advocating new legislative and regulatory proposals affecting the mortgage and consumer credit industry. Mr. Kolar advises on FHA-insured and VA-guaranteed single-family loan programs, GNMA guaranteed securities programs and the programs and policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as they relate to loan origination, servicing and secondary market transactions. In addition, Mr. Kolar frequently represents mortgage lenders and others in negotiating joint ventures, marketing and Internet origination agreements and vendor agreements, as well as other contracts used or needed by a wide variety of financial services companies.

Mr. Kolar is a member of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association where he is a past co-Chair of the Housing Finance and RESPA Subcommittee and a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Mr. Kolar is a frequent speaker at conferences on consumer and mortgage regulatory issues and has written widely in these areas. Prior to law practice, Mr. Kolar worked as a staff member for former U.S. Representative Jim Leach (R-IA).

Mr. Kolar serves on the Advisory Committee for Legal Counsel for the Elderly and on the Board of Directors of the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. 

Mr. Kolar received a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 (cum laude), where he was an Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer, and a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1982.


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Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers 2017: Banking and Finance Law
  • Chambers USA 2010-2016, Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
  • Best Lawyers 2015: Banking and Finance Law
  • Chambers USA 2008 and 2009, Band 1, Consumer Financial Services Regulation