Mark Rooney
Mark E. Rooney
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Washington, D.C.
1909 K Street, NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Fax: 202.223.6935

Professional Experience

Mark is a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office. He defends debt collectors, banks, installment lenders, mortgage servicers, and other businesses facing consumer lawsuits. Mark has defended clients in litigation arising under a wide variety of state and federal consumer protection statutes including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), state unfair and deceptive practices laws, and other consumer protection laws. Mark also assists clients facing government investigations and enforcement actions by the CFPB and other state and federal regulators. He provides compliance counseling and advice, responses to government investigations, oversight of managed review and document production, and other litigation support services.

Mark has represented numerous financial institutions in civil litigation and government investigations involving the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the False Claims Act (FCA), often relating to mortgage origination and servicing practices. He has extensive experience defending banks in FHA cases brought by municipalities seeking generalized damages from foreclosures and has defended against counterclaims filed in connection with foreclosures.

Mark was the founder of The Rooney Firm PLLC. Before opening his own firm, Mark represented clients in litigation and defended clients against government enforcement actions and investigations for over 10 years at two prominent consumer financial services practices in Washington, DC.

An active leader in consumer finance law, Mark has been appointed as chair of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section Consumer Litigation Committee, where he previously served as co-chair of the Subcommittee on FDCPA and TCPA litigation. He also chairs the DC Bar's Consumer Finance Litigation Committee and is an elected member of the DC Bar's Litigation Community Steering Committee. He is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and ACA International, where he was recently re-elected as the Attorney Division representative to the Council of Delegates.

Mark received his J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was the Senior Articles Editor of the University of Miami Law Review and a teaching assistant in constitutional law. He earned his B.A. from Syracuse University (cum laude). Before law school, he served as a press secretary on Capitol Hill for three years and as a manager of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay.

  • Member and Attorney Division Representative to the Council of Delegates, ACA International
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA), Litigation Section
  • Chair, ABA Litigation Section Consumer Litigation Committee
  • Member, ABA Committee on Consumer Finance Litigation
  • Co-Chair, ABA Subcommittee on FDCPA & TCPA Litigation
  • Member, ABA Committee on Pre-Trial Practice and Discovery
  • Chair, DC Bar Consumer Finance Litigation Committee
  • Elected Member, DC Bar Litigation Community Steering Committee
  • Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • "The Hunstein Decision: Sea Change or Business as Usual?", Hudson Cook Webinar, July 2021
  • "Enforcement Trends under the Biden Administration," OLA Legal Issues Conference, July 2021
  • "A Fresh Look at UCC Article 9 Repossession Requirements through a Litigation Lens," 2021 Virtual Financial Services Conference, May 2021
  • "Supreme Court's Facebook Decision Upends TCPA Litigation Landscape," ABA Section of Litigation Consumer Litigation Committee Webinar, April 2021
  • "Special Issues in UDAAP Enforcement," NAFCU Webinar, November 2020
  • "The TCPA Litigation Landscape: Novel Disputes, Ongoing Ambiguities, and Key Takeaways from Recent Case Law," ACI 32nd Annual Advanced Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions, Litigation & Government Enforcement Actions, September 2020
  • "Update on Consumer Arbitration Issues," American Bar Association - Section of Litigation Roundtable, August 2020
  • "Seila Law and the Future of the CFPB," Hudson Cook Webinar, July 2020
  • "Consumer Financial Protection Challenges Amid COVID-19," American Bar Association - Section of Litigation Roundtable, June 2020
  • "The CFPB's Enforcement Agenda - Trends and Outlook," Lend360 Online Lending Legal and Policy Issues Forum, February 2020
  • "Hot Topics in TCPA Litigation," American Bar Association - Section of Litigation Roundtable, February 2020
  • "Consumer Rights and a look into UDAAP," CUNA Attorney's Conference, October 2019
  • "The Evolving Definition of an Automatic Telephone Dialing System under the TCPA," American Bar Association - Section of Litigation Roundtable, December 2018

University of Miami School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2006

  • Senior Articles Editor, U. of Miami Law Review
  • Member, Moot Court Board
  • Fellow, Center for Ethics & Public Service
  • Intern, U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber

Syracuse University, B.A., cum laude, 1997

District of Columbia, 2008

New York, 2007

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan