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Clinton R. Rockwell
An exceptional business lawyer; fantastic to work with. Chambers USA

Biography

Clinton Rockwell is the Managing Partner of Buckley Sandler’s Los Angeles office. He advises a variety of clients on consumer financial services matters, including private equity, banks, mortgage companies, fintech lenders, auto lenders, commercial lenders, secondary market loan purchasers, and securities broker-dealers, regarding regulatory, licensing, compliance, and transactional matters on a nationwide basis. His work also includes advising on California-specific lending matters, including the California Finance Lender Law, among other California lending laws.

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

  • Compliance regarding the enumerated laws under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) purview
     
  • Federal preemption of state consumer and commercial credit laws, including rate exportation/most favored lender issues
     
  • Acquisitions of mortgage and consumer lending platforms by private equity companies
     
  • Bank partnership models and true lender implications
     
  • Issues unique to fintech companies, both in the consumer and commercial lending context
     
  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lending and servicing
     
  • 50-state consumer lending compliance
     
  • Licensing and regulatory compliance in connection with state mortgage banker, broker, consumer, and commercial loan laws
     
  • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) compliance, including affiliated business arrangements and joint ventures
     
  • Federal and state enforcement examinations

Mr. Rockwell was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA (2010-2017), where he is currently ranked Band 2 in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), and recognized for "[continuing] to impress in the consumer finance space." He 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.

Mr. Rockwell was one of the original members of Buckley Kolar LLP, joining the firm as an Associate at its formation in January 2004. Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, he was with Goodwin Procter LLP in Washington, DC. He received his LL.M. from University College London, his J.D. from George Washington University, and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

An exceptional business lawyer; fantastic to work with. Chambers USA

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA 2017: Band 2, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
  • Chambers USA 2016: Band 2, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
  • Chambers USA 2015: Band 2, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)
  • 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)