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Chava Brandriss

Washington, D.C.
New York

Chava Brandriss
+1 202 637 6558 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 3000 (New York)
+1 202 637 5910 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 3100 (New York)
Practice Group

In the wake of increased scrutiny on financial institutions since the 2008 financial crisis, Chava Brandriss has been at the forefront of defending financial institutions against claims by consumers, with particular focus on the residential mortgage lending and servicing industry.

With insights gained from years litigating claims alleging violations of federal and state consumer protection statutes, including the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), and their state law equivalents, and helping clients deal with the increasing appetite of regulators such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to bring enforcement actions, Chava understands the challenges that the consumer financial services industry faces in today's regulatory environment.

Chava handles all stages of litigation, with significant experience at the appellate phase. Beyond the consumer financial services sector, Chava’s appellate practice extends to matters involving music performance rights licensing and copyright issues, white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, civil rights, and religious liberty. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" among New York and D.C. lawyers.

Passionate about pro bono service, Chava served as the pro bono associate for the firm's New York office in 2012, developing and coordinating pro bono efforts. A highlight of Chava's pro bono work includes successfully trying, through appeal, a long-running zoning discrimination suit brought under the federal Fair Housing Act, an important victory for fair and affordable housing with nationwide impact.

While in law school, Chava served as an Alexander Fellow in the chambers of the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Chava taught high school English and journalism.


Representative experience

Representing the residential mortgage lending and servicing industry in defense of hundreds of claims arising out of residential mortgage loans.

Litigating close to 100 appeals in residential mortgage related lawsuits, briefing and arguing many of them.

Representing mortgage industry clients, through appeal, in mass action asserting RICO violations in connection with wrongful foreclosure claims.

Overturning, on appeal, "interest tolling" sanction and finding of bad faith in court-supervised settlement conferences in NY foreclosure action.

Overturning, on appeal, decisions finding foreclosing banks without "standing" to foreclose.

Represented, on appeal, executive of major reinsurance company convicted of securities fraud.

Represented, on appeal, Cayman affiliate of leading accounting firm in securities fraud action by alleged victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Represented performing rights organization in appeals involving copyrights in downloads and royalties for music streamed online and to mobile devices.

Successfully defended beverage company in employment discrimination trial before New York Division of Human Rights.

Obtained order of protection for pro bono client threatened by father of her child.

Drafted merits stage Supreme Court amicus brief in marriage equality case.

Won, after trial, zoning discrimination lawsuit under the FHA against Long Island village on behalf of pro bono affordable housing developer client.

Drafted merits stage Supreme Court amicus brief in religious liberty in employment case.

Representing mortgage industry clients, through appeal, in mass actions asserting violations of mortgage-backed security trust agreements.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Order of the Barristers, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2008
  • M.A.T., with honors, City College of New York, 2005
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Barnard College, 2003

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


Rising Stars

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


New York Metro Rising Stars 2013

New York Super Lawyers,

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