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Robert J. Emanuel

111 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1700
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone:  312.273.1218
Mobile Phone:  312.286.8232
Fax:  312.273.1276

Biography

Bob represents financial institutions, including national banks, mortgage lenders and loan servicers in actions arising under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), as well as myriad state consumer protection statutes and bankruptcy laws.

In addition to his litigation practice, Bob regularly advises clients on compliance with municipal, state and federal regulations affecting lending and loan servicing activities.

Prior to joining LeClairRyan, Bob was the Managing Partner of Parker Ibrahim & Berg’s Chicago Office as well as an equity partner at Chicago’s Much Shelist P.C.

Representative Experience

  • Lesniak v. Bank of Am., N.A., 169 F. Supp. 3d 766 (N.D. Ill. 2015) (granting motion to dismiss, holding failure to plead actual damages was fatal to plaintiff's RESPA claim)
  • Konieczka v. Wachovia Mortg. Corp., 2012 WL 1049910 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 28, 2012) (granting motion to dismiss RESPA claim where plaintiffs failed to plead actual damages sufficient to raise the possibility of relief above the speculative level)
  • U.S. Bank National Association v. Manzo, 2011 IL App (1st) 103115 (Nov. 10, 2011) (affirming summary judgment for loan servicer where plaintiff failed to assert claim for rescission under TILA within three years after loan was originated)
  • Fed. Hous. Fin. Agency v. City of Chicago, 962 F.Supp.2d 1044 (N.D. Ill. 2013) (holding that City of Chicago's vacant buildings ordinance was preempted by HERA)
  • Hukic v. Aurora Loan Services, 583 F.3d 420 (7th Cir. 2009) (affirming summary judgment for loan servicer where plaintiff asserted FCRA, defamation, fraud, and Illinois consumer fraud claims) (argued)
  • Pines v. EMC Mortgage Corporation, 2009 WL 1683283 (D. Utah June 15, 2009) (granting summary judgment for loan servicer on FCRA and related state law lender liability claims)
  • Bilal v. Chase Manhattan Mortg. Corp., No. 05 C 7120, 2006 WL 1650008 (N.D. Ill. June 13, 2006) (granting motion to dismiss plaintiff’s FDCPA and Section 1983 claims)
  • Altenheim German Home v. Bank of America, N.A., 376 Ill. App.3d 26 (2007) (affirming trial court decision, applying the “clear and convincing” standard to the presumption that an adult child is a descendent of the adopting parent for inheritance purposes)
  • Bruce v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2006 WL 1195210 (N.D. Ind. May 2, 2006) (granting motion to dismiss putative nationwide class action claims, recognizing that there is no private right of action under § 1681 of the FCRA)
  • Margulies v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, 2005 WL 2923580 (N.J. App. Nov. 7, 2005) (affirming summary judgment in proposed nationwide consumer fraud class action involving alleged payment processing errors)
  • Porcher v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, 2005 WL 545115 (Fla. App. 4th Dist. March 9, 2005) (reversed trial court order granting class certification in action arising from alleged payment processing errors)
  • Sosa v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, 348 F.3d 979 (11th Cir. 2003) (affirming dismissal of purported nationwide RESPA class action)

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, American Conference Institute's 23rd National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation, Chicago, Illinois, July 28, 2015
  • Panelist, American Conference Institute's 19th National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation, Chicago, Illinois, July 29, 2014
  • Panelist, American Conference Institute's 17th National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation, New York, New York, January 30, 2014
  • Speaker, HAMP Litigation Update 2013, National Business Institute, June 6, 2013
  • Speaker, HAMP Litigation Overview 2012, National Business Institute, September 12, 2012

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT), 1995
  • B.A., University of Iowa, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan