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Stephen V. Carey

Raleigh | 919.835.4011
Fax | 919.834.4564

Steve Carey's practice focuses on regulatory counseling, government enforcement matters and complex commercial litigation. He represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters before state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. He is experienced in the defense and prosecution of individual or class claims involving the APA, ERISA, Dodd-Frank, the FCA, the FTCA, the Bank Secrecy Act, and the Copyright Act.

Steve also advises clients, including financial institutions, business associations, automobile lenders and major universities, in connection with government investigations and enforcement matters. This includes investigations and enforcement matters conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, and state regulators.

In addition, he has an active pro bono practice. He has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia while representing the estate of a deceased federal inmate, and he has represented an association of D.C. public charter schools in a funding dispute with the District of Columbia.

Before joining Parker Poe, Steve spent more than five years with WilmerHale in its Washington, D.C., office. He also clerked for the Honorable Harris Hartz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, as well as the Honorable Mary McLaughlin on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Outside of work, he enjoys running, skiing, reading detective novels, and watching baseball.

Representative Experience

Government Enforcement & Regulation

Fair Lending

  • Counseled financial institutions on compliance with ECOA and Regulation B, the FHA, the ADA, and other fair lending and civil rights laws.
  • Advised financial institution in potential enforcement action involving consideration of public assistance income in the mortgage context.
  • Represented a captive automobile lender in investigations by the CFPB and U.S. Department of Justice involving alleged disparate impact resulting from lending practices.
  • Assisted a financial institution in the review of collections policies and procedures to ensure that benefits are made available on a nondiscriminatory basis.
  • Helped financial institutions address language accessibility issues arising from the provision of credit to consumers with limited English proficiency.
  • Advised clients in assessing public assistance and other nontaxable income sources in evaluating income for extension of credit.

Mortgage Servicing

  • Counseled mortgage servicers on compliance with CFPB's Mortgage Servicing Rules.
  • Represented mortgage servicers in CFPB enforcement actions involving alleged violations of Mortgage Servicing Rules.

Higher Education

  • Advised several major universities on litigation, regulatory and policy matters involving civil rights and employment, with a particular focus on Title IX, FERPA, and the Clery Act.
  • Counseled colleges and universities in their handling of sexual misconduct complaints.

General Litigation

  • Defended a major insurance provider against class claims brought under ERISA.
  • Represented the landowner of a large ski resort in a lease dispute in Utah state court.
  • Represented a major business association as amicus challenging a joint federal agency rule promulgated under Dodd-Frank.
  • Represented a government contractor in a suit involving former employees' theft of intellectual property.
  • Represented a national a passenger railroad in a first-of-its-kind agency proceeding.
  • Defended a social networking provider in litigation involving user privacy and national security.

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