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undefinedT. Robert Finlay

Partner

California
Tel: (949) 477-5050
Direct: (949) 477-5056

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T. Robert Finlay is one of the three founding partners of Wright, Finlay & Zak. Since 1994, Mr. Finlay has focused his legal career on consumer finance and mortgage-related litigation, compliance and regulatory matters. Mr. Finlay is at the forefront of the mortgage banking industry, handling all aspects of the ever-changing default servicing and mortgage banking litigation arena, including compliance issues for servicers, lenders, investors, title companies and foreclosure trustees. Mr. Finlay successfully guides clients through the complexities of litigation while being extremely mindful of their core values and business models. He is a regular speaker (at industry events and for clients) on a variety of loan servicing and mortgage banking issues, including key legislative and legal updates.

Mr. Finlay is an active member and participant in the California Mortgage Association (CMA), California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA), Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and United Trustees Association (UTA). In 2019, Mr. Finlay was appointed as General Counsel for the CMA, advising the Board and its members on a variety of loan origination, servicing and other legal and compliance issues. For over 10 years, Mr. Finlay served as a Committee Member and Board Member of the United Trustees Association, being elected as its President in 2011 and 2012. Since 2013, he has been Chair of the UTA’s Legislative Committee, working closely with lobbyists in California, Nevada, Washington and Oregon on key industry issues. Since 2013, Mr. Finlay has also been on the Legislative Committee for the CMBA. Mr. Finlay is a regular contributor to several industry periodicals and has also authored pertinent Amicus Briefs on key issues impacting the mortgage and finance industry. His key published opinions include Mabry v. Superior Court (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 208 (Amicus counsel) and Bostanian v. Liberty Saving Bank (1997) 52 Cal.App.4th.

Mr. Finlay’s hobbies include playing tennis and woodworking.

Education

  • University of California, Irvine (B.A., Political Science; B.A., Economics, 1990)
  • University of Southern California (J.D., 1993)

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