David M. Bizar is a partner in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Bizar chairs the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice group and represents consumer banks and financial services companies in high-stakes disputes in the courts and before government authorities challenging the legality of their products and services, corporate practices and regulatory adherence.
He has defended numerous class actions, government investigations and enforcement proceedings, and individual cases with systemic exposure for national banks and federal savings associations, mortgage lenders and servicers, manufacturer and third party automotive finance companies, credit card issuers, short-term lenders, and national retailers.
Mr. Bizar is recognized as a preeminent litigator in the field of consumer financial services law. He is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and Co-Chairs the Litigation and Arbitration Subcommittee of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association. Financial institutions frequently select Mr. Bizar to litigate to judgment and through appeal important issues of first impression.
Among other recent notable cases, Mr. Bizar won the dismissal of claims of first impression nationally regarding whether a “close at home” mortgage kit can comply with the timing-disclosure requirements of the Truth in Lending Act and is currently representing the national bank on appeal.
Mr. Bizar was brought in to take over the defense of a putative class action against a federal credit union after the U.S. District Court ruled on cross-motions for summary judgment that the credit union had unlawfully swept the bank accounts of its customers to pay their defaulted credit card debts to the credit union.
Mr. Bizar achieved the case’s forced dismissal on subject matter jurisdiction grounds. Mr. Bizar also served as lead counsel to a national automotive finance company in a CFPB enforcement proceeding through its successful conclusion in a consent order with the CFPB.
Mr. Bizar is a former member of the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG). From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Bizar served on active duty with the 1st Cavalry Division as chief of a legal assistance office and as a prosecutor, and was attached to the 4th Infantry Division as a defense counsel.
In 1996, Mr. Bizar deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Desert Strike to the Emirate of Kuwait, where he served as the legal counsel to the commander and was awarded The Army Achievement Medal for meritorious service.
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law, cum laude (1994)
- The Order of the Coif
- Articles and Comments Editor, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review,1992-1994
- B.A., Northeastern University, cum laude (1991)
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