Caitlin Kasmar represents financial services industry clients in a wide range of enforcement and litigation matters, including government enforcement actions, internal investigations, and class actions. As a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Buckley Sandler LLP, she handles significant investigations brought by government agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), among others, including False Claims Act/Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FCA/FIRREA) investigations related to origination and servicing practices.
Ms. Kasmar advises clients, including boards of directors for major mortgage industry companies and national banks, on risk management strategies and compliance with various federal and state laws and regulations affecting the financial services industry. She has litigated cases arising under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Civil Rights Act, and unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes, among others. As Co-chair of the firm's eDiscovery Committee, she also has extensive experience assisting with and counseling clients in responding to subpoenas from federal and state investigative bodies and handling all aspects of discovery in civil cases.
Her recent work includes:
- Representation of numerous clients — including mortgage banks, credit reporting agencies, and large financial institutions — in CFPB examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions
- Representation of an individual client in an SEC investigation and related shareholder litigation
- Representation of a major national bank in connection with a DOJ FCA investigation and ultimate settlement
- Representation of multiple hotel companies in connection with a confidential multistate attorneys general investigation
- Confidential representation of major mortgage industry client and its Board of Directors with respect to an enforcement action by federal banking regulators and several ongoing state attorney general investigations
- Conducting an internal investigation for a major national bank to identify potential fraudulent conduct by employees
- Representation of an individual in a multijurisdictional investigation by the DOJ of potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office Prevention of Corruption Act of 1906 violations
Ms. Kasmar serves as Buckley Sandler's Pro Bono Partner and as Co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Her pro bono practice includes a range of criminal and civil matters, including efforts to obtain post-conviction relief, civil lawsuits related to unconstitutional prison conditions, and immigration matters. Prior to joining Buckley Sandler at its inception in 2009, Ms. Kasmar was a Litigation Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Before entering private practice, she clerked for the Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago and her B.A. from Carleton College.
Government investigations are high stakes and often involve significant risk—both financial and reputational—for companies. These investigations often pose significant eDiscovery challenges insofar as the motivations of the parties and the rules of the road are not quite the same as in a typical...Webcast
Douglas Gansler, Caitlin Kasmar, Amanda Raines Lawrence, and Jonice Gray Tucker spoke at the Buckley Sandler CFPB Today 2015 conference on Monday, October 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Their panel was titled “Enforcement Trends, Themes, and Hot Topics.”Webcast
Caitlin Kasmar and Josh Kotin spoke on the National Business Institute webinar, “Avoiding RESPA’s Myriad Origination-Related Pitfalls,” on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Click here to learn more about this event ...Speaking Engagement
Buckley Sandler Fair Lending Today Conference: Supervisory and Enforcement Trends in Fair Lending and UDAAP
Valerie Hletko, Benjamin Klubes, Caitlin Kasmar, and Andrea Mitchell spoke at the firm’s 2015 Fair Lending Today Conference on Monday, March 16 in Washington, DC. Their panel was titled, “Supervisory and Enforcement Trends in Fair Lending and UDAAP.”...Speaking Engagement
Jeff Naimon and Caitlin Kasmar spoke on the American Bankers Association's Briefing, "Mortgage Servicing Exams: What Yeou Need to Know," on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST. Click here to learn more about this event.Speaking Engagement
Buckley Sandler LLP hosted its second annual CFPB Today conference in Washington, DC October 25-26, 2015. The two-day event featured an evening of interactive roundtable discussions on CFPB trends, followed by a full day of seminars and breakout sessions. The roundtables and seminars were led by...Press Releases
Buckley Sandler LLP hosted its annual Fair Lending Today conference in Washington, DC, March 15-16, 2015. The two-day event featured an evening of interactive roundtable discussions on fair lending issues, followed by a full day of seminars. The roundtables and seminars were led by Buckley Sandler...Press Releases
The Butterfly Effect: eDiscovery in Government Investigations and Why Small Tweaks May Have Great Impacts
In the context of civil litigation, the rules governing eDiscovery may not be crystal clear (especially in light of the recent amendments to the Federal Rules), but at least there is ample guidance available. Counsel can perform simple research and identify troves of articles addressing how to...Articles
Marketing services agreements (“MSAs”) have been standard mortgage industry practice for decades. While Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) prohibits entities and individuals from giving or receiving “any fee, kickback, or thing of value” pursuant to an agreement to...Articles
In what may be the first action of its kind, a consumer who received restitution under the CFPB consent order has filed a class action lawsuit based on the same alleged violations. While this litigation is still in its early stages, it serves as an important reminder that an institution’s exposure...Articles