Press Release

Cooley Expands Financial Services Capabilities With Top Litigation Team

January 19, 2022

Washington, DC – January 19, 2022 – Michelle Rogers, Katherine Katz and Joshua Kotin have joined Cooley as partners in the firm’s elite financial services practice, where they will focus on defending clients in government enforcement actions and litigation. Katherine Halliday is also joining the team as a special counsel. Arriving from Buckley, the group brings extensive experience defending clients in high-stakes government investigations and litigation matters and advising on matters of regulatory compliance. Rogers, Katz and Halliday will be based in Washington, DC, while Kotin joins Cooley’s rapidly growing Chicago office.

“This team includes very highly regarded practitioners and leaders in the financial services government enforcement and litigation space,” said Michael Attanasio, chair of Cooley’s global litigation department. “We are thrilled to welcome them to Cooley’s leading financial services and litigation practices.”

“Michelle’s focus on defending providers of consumer financial services in supervisory and enforcement matters, paired with the team’s deep history of working with banks, nonbank financial services providers and fintech companies, will contribute meaningfully to our mission of strategically enhancing our best-in-class financial services and government enforcement practice,” added Obrea Poindexter, who co-chairs Cooley’s financial services regulatory practice alongside Sean Ruff.

Rogers counsels institutions across a broad spectrum of high-stakes litigation matters, including federal and state government enforcement actions, regulatory examinations and internal investigations. She previously served as a board member on Buckley’s executive committee and is a fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Consumer Financial Services Law Report. Rogers has been recognized by Chambers USA for Nationwide Financial Service Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations), and Legal 500 for Financial Services: Litigation, Financial Services: Regulation, Fintech and Cyber Law.

“Cooley has made a name for itself in the financial services space through its impressive growth and commitment to client service and culture,” said Rogers, who will lead the enforcement group. “I am excited to join this fantastic team to expand its enforcement and litigation capabilities, further solidifying Cooley’s place as a destination for regulatory, enforcement and litigation support for financial services providers.”

Katz represents financial industry clients in a wide range of bank, nonbank and other financial services litigation, regulatory compliance and corporate matters relating to mortgage and small business lending and mortgage servicing activities, including government enforcement actions, regulatory examinations, administrative actions, qui tam cases, due diligence reviews and internal risk assessments. She has extensive experience advising mortgage and small business lenders on the government programs in which they participate, including programs administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and Small Business Administration, as well as on the requirements imposed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae.

Kotin advises banks, nonbanks, other financial services providers and private equity sponsors on federal and state regulatory and enforcement matters, as well as compliance with various federal and state banking and consumer finance statutes. His practice focuses on fair lending practices involving products and services that extend credit or provide loans to consumers, including representing banks in enforcement and examination proceedings, as well as nonbank financing providers who offer consumer lending and credit products such as mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, student loans and personal loans of all types.

Halliday represents financial services industry clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including class actions, government enforcement matters, regulatory examinations and internal investigations. She has worked on matters involving the US Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs and state attorneys general, and in private civil litigation in numerous federal and state courts. Halliday also has extensive experience managing complex discovery and production issues, including through the use of advanced analytics.

Distinguished by top industry publications for its preeminent global litigation department and financial services practice, Cooley remains the go-to firm for the world’s most dynamic companies as they navigate the high-stakes complexities of the legal and regulatory landscape. Rogers, Katz, Kotin and Halliday are the latest lawyers to enhance the firm’s cross-disciplinary financial services capabilities, following the arrival of Poindexter and Ruff in Washington, DC.

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