Epport, Richman & Robbins, LLP is a mid-sized law firm which is well known for its representation of financial institutions. We strive to provide excellent service to each matter we handle, while keeping a close eye on costs and fees. The financial institutions we represent range from regional to national.

Epport, Richman & Robbins, LLP assists financial institutions through the full range of legal services, including regulatory compliance, litigation and transactional legal services. Our areas of expertise include: Litigation/Lender Liability, Loan Documentation/Review, Real Estate, Creditors' Rights/Bankruptcy, Labor & Employment, Regulatory Compliance and State and Federal Appellate Practices. For small to medium size institutions, we can also provide these services on a quasi-in-house basis.

Litigation/Lender Liability

Like all corporations, financial institutions are subject to traditional business tort cases, which range from negligence, conspiracy, fraud, breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with contractual and prospective business relationships, discrimination, unfair business practices and both negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Our attorneys have substantial experience in these areas. Most such disputes are readily disposed of via motions for summary judgment, thus avoiding the need for costly or protracted litigation.

Breach of Contract

Breach of contract allegations are a common response to legitimate collection efforts. Raised as a delay tactic and smoke screen, these allegations are both frivolous and costly to financial institutions. These lawsuits also arise in the context of purchase and sale agreements, real estate transactions, loans, leases, and construction development disputes. Our attorneys have handled literally thousands of breach of contract claims. Our expertise in this area is unsurpassed.

Loan Documentation/Review

Epport, Richman & Robbins, LLP both prepares and reviews documents for complex commercial, industrial and real estate lending transactions, with both standard and creative types of security, and modifications and workouts. Our extensive documentation library provides clients with an inexpensive means to make loans which are complex or atypical to a given financial institution, but which are also customized and specifically tailored to the institution's needs. Alternatively, we can provide a comprehensive review of form documents prepared by the institution to ensure proper security interests and compliance.

Regulatory Compliance

In addition to the traditional legal services provided to financial institutions, such as those offered by our Commercial Litigation practice and Creditors' Rights/Bankruptcy practice, Epport, Richman & Robbins, LLP offers its banking clientele services in the critical areas of regulatory requirements and mergers.

As one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country, financial institutions must constantly remain abreast of and in compliance with regulatory requirements of the FDIC, Federal Reserve, the Comptroller of Currency, and the Department of Treasury, among others. Our regulatory specialists aid financial institutions in all areas of regulatory compliance and risk assessment for wide-ranging issues from potential CERCLA liability to new product lines.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Due to the extensive merger and acquisition activity which affects financial institutions, Epport, Richman & Robbins, LLP has developed expertise with bank mergers and acquisitions. We provide clients with the counsel and assistance necessary to ensure proper disclosure, uninterrupted contractual compliance, and proper handling of personnel issues.

Credit Card/Merchant Processing

Epport, Richman & Robbins, LLP assists financial institutions and independent service organizations through the full range of legal services, including negotiations with MasterCard and Visa regarding a full range of association and membership issues, regulatory compliance, litigation and transactional legal services.

Director and Officer Claims

All too often, corporate liability claims are asserted directly against individual corporate directors and officers, as well as against the financial institutions. This is done because plaintiffs envision the D&O policies as an additional source of recovery. Typically, we defend these officers and directors as part of a unified defense strategy. We represent them in both the underlying litigation and with respect to the liability insurance carriers.

Judicial Foreclosure

Judicial foreclosure actions ensure that borrowers, rather than lenders, bear the brunt of their investment decisions and economic downturns. In recent years, we have obtained in cash settlements on pending judicial foreclosure actions in excess of $10 million. We have also obtained scores of Deficiency Judgments ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, and are presently collecting on these judgments for our clients. Our firm is responsible for one of the leading pro-creditor cases on foreclosure litigation.
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