Joseph Kolar is a founding Partner at Buckley Sandler LLP, Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Kolar actively works as a counsel to national trade associations, financial institutions, mortgage lenders and servicers, financial services companies, nonprofits, mortgage insurers, and other clients. He assists them in abiding with mortgage and consumer loan contracts and lending and servicing regulations, including those pertaining to real estate settlement procedures (RESPA), truth in lending (TILA), ability to repay, loan originator compensation, appraisals, equal credit opportunity (ECOA)/fair housing/fair lending/fair servicing, privacy, fair credit reporting (FCRA), electronic signatures and records (ESRA), escrows, disclosures, flood insurance, state law and regulations, lender-placed insurance, loss mitigation and foreclosures, federal preemption, community reinvestment (CRA), licensing and debt collection.
While keenly monitoring the regulatory and enforcement activity of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Mr. Kolar counsels on Federal Housing Administration-insured and Department of Veterans Affairs-guaranteed single-family loan programs, Ginnie Mae guaranteed securities programs, and the programs and policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as they concern servicing, loan origination and secondary market transactions.
In addition to these, Joe constantly represents clients such as mortgage lenders and others in negotiating joint ventures, marketing and internet origination agreements and vendor agreements, including other contracts used or important to a wide range of financial services companies.
Mr. Joseph Kolar is a member of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association. In this organization, he served as a Co-chair of the Housing Finance and RESPA Subcommittee, and as a member of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Before starting to practice law, Mr. Kolar was a staff member for former U.S. Representative Jim Leach (R-IA).
Mr. Kolar actively serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Counsel for the Elderly, which is associated with AARP, and is President of the Kolar Charitable Foundation of Buckley Sandler. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington.
Mr. Kolar obtained a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1982. He obtained a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 (cum laude), where he served as an Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer.
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