Joseph M. Katz

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Joseph M. Katz



1300 19th Street NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20036-1609

Joe is a member of the litigation practice group, where he represents members of the financial services and mortgage industries. Joe focuses on litigation issues arising under state and federal lending laws, including claims brought under several federal consumer protection statutes, including RESPA, TILA, FDCPA, TCPA, ECOA, and the Fair Housing Act.  Joe also defends mortgage originators against qui tam lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act.  In addition, Joe’s practice includes advising companies in the mortgage industry in connection with investigations and enforcement actions brought by regulators, such as the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Joe also advises companies on various issues pertaining to privacy and data security.

Practice Areas


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2010
  • SUNY Buffalo, B.A., 2003


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Representative Matters

  • Defend mortgage originators in False Claims Act litigation involving the FHA mortgage insurance Direct Endorsement Program
  • Defend mortgage lenders in RESPA and TILA putative class actions
  • Defend mortgage servicers in fair debt collection practices litigation, including putative class actions
  • Defend mortgage originators in residential mortgage-backed securities litigation
  • Represent mortgage lenders in actions alleging breach of employee confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Defend mortgage lenders in matters involving Dodd-Frank Act whistle-blower provisions
  • Advise clients on data breach notification requirements
  • Advise clients on privacy and data security requirements


  • Chapter contributor, Real Estate and Mortgage Banking: A New Era of Regulatory Reform (Thomson Reuters 2017-2018)
  • Co-author, Implied False Certification Liability under the False Claims Act after Escobar, Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions (Fall 2016)


  • Rising Star, Washington, DC, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2019 (Super Lawyers recognition is a Thomson Reuters service)