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Christian W. Hancock

Christian W. Hancock

Partner

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  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Bankruptcy Compliance and Consumer Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
North Carolina, U.S.A.

Profile

A thought leader at the forefront of the implications of COVID-19 on the mortgage servicing industry, Christy Hancock provides clients with regular updates on federal and state laws, as well as guidance on the CARES Act, forbearances, deferrals, foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, credit reporting obligations, and other servicer-related topics.

Christy's practice is dedicated to financial services regulatory compliance and litigation. Her work with mortgage servicing and financial institution clients has given her a broad base of knowledge regarding laws affecting the mortgage servicing business, including bankruptcy and foreclosure best practices, payment application, correspondence requirements, allowable fees, loan modifications, escrow requirements, and property preservation. In recent years, the majority of her practice has focused on advising large financial institutions on bankruptcy-related regulatory matters and wide scale remediation projects.

Christy provides daily guidance to clients on laws such as TILA, RESPA, FDCPA and the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as compliance with certain bankruptcy rules and mortgage servicing best practices. She has assisted her financial services clients with a variety of intricate matters, including developing responses to new legislation, conducting internal risk assessments, assisting with and responding to internal and external audits, training company personnel, and revising quality control processes, as well as drafting and updating a variety of mortgage servicing policies and procedures. Christy also routinely responds to the CFPB, the United States Trustee’s Office, various state attorneys general, and state banking department inquiries on behalf of her clients.

In addition to her broad compliance practice, Christy also represents financial institutions and mortgage companies in state and federal courts across the country. These suits range from individual consumer claims to class action and commercial disputes. She defends her clients in a variety of matters, including TILA, RESPA, RICO, FDCPA and FCRA disputes, predatory lending claims, mortgage-related fees and servicing issues, escrow account disputes, and UDAP claims. Christy has litigated numerous facets of the mortgage servicing industry, including loan origination, pooling and servicing agreements, title insurance, loan-repurchase disputes, REO-related disputes and mortgage fraud.

In addition to her normal practice, Christy also enjoys teaching and mentoring. She is a regular instructor for the MBA at the Schools of Mortgage Banking I and II, teaching Regulatory Compliance, Laws Affecting the Mortgagee’s Interest in Property, and Ethics in the Financial Services Industry and a yearly “Financial Services 101” seminar to incoming attorneys at Bradley.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2011
  • North Carolina, 2009
  • Texas, 2009
  • Tennessee, 2007
  • Mississippi, 2004
  • Florida, 2003
  • Alabama, 2001

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2001, Publications Editor, University of North Carolina Banking Journal
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 1998, cum laude
Areas of Practice

Banking and Financial Services | Bankruptcy Compliance and Consumer Bankruptcy Litigation | Cybersecurity and Privacy | Examinations and CIDs | Financial Services Litigation | Financial Services Litigaton | Regulatory Compliance | State Attorneys General and Regulators

Articles

New York Enacts a Moratorium on COVID-19-Related Residential Evictions and Foreclosures
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

On December 28, 2020, New York passed a new law entitled the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020.” The act places a moratorium on COVID-19-related residential real property mortgage foreclosure actions and residential eviction proceedings until May 1, 2021, where a tenant or homeowner has submitted a “hardship declaration” to the foreclosing party, landlord, and/or the court...

When Do CARES Act Forbearance Rights and Foreclosure Moratoriums End?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) contains a number of provisions that help borrowers with federally backed mortgage loans. Among these are forbearance protections for borrowers with single-family loans and multifamily loans. However, only one of the forbearance provisions has a clearly defined period when the rights are available...

Pre-Pandemic Chapter 13 Defaults Received CARES Act Modification Protection in the Middle District of Alabama
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

In a notable decision interpreting the March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama held that Chapter 13 debtors behind on their payments before March 2020 may seek modification of their plan if they suffered from COVID-19 related financial distress. In In re Fowler, No. 16-31791; In re Lewis, No. 19-32243, 2020 WL 6701366 (Bankr. M.D. Ala. Nov. 13, 2020), Bankruptcy Judge William R...

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