rarnold@reedsmith.com

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Roy is a partner in the Complex Litigation Group and co-head of the firm's Class Action defense team, practicing in the areas of Class Action Defense, Financial Services Litigation, and Mergers & Acquisitions/Securities Litigation. Roy has more than 20 years of broad experience representing and counseling clients faced with alleged class action and derivative lawsuits as well as other complex litigation, including internal and regulatory investigations. His clients have spanned diverse industries, including financial services, securities, retail, hotel/resorts, natural resources, and technology/software. He has successfully defended and resolved a variety of significant cases brought against banks and financial services companies involving residential mortgage lending, loan servicing, consumer banking, syndicated lending, mortgage backed securities, securitizations and various secondary market issues. He has extensive experience defending all types of claims in these areas, including statutory claims brought under the RESPA, TILA, HOEPA, FDCPA, FCRA, civil RICO, state high cost and second mortgage loan statutes, and state consumer protection statutes.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in 2015 in the field of M&A Litigation Defense
  • Received AV rating (highest for professional ethics and legal ability) from Martindale-Hubbell, an objective peer review rating system for attorneys
  • Selected as Pennsylvania Rising Star – Class Actions (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Selected as one of "10 Under 40" securities litigators by Securities Law 360
  • Selected as "Lawyer on the Fast Track," an award bestowed on 35 Pennsylvania lawyers by American Lawyer Media based upon panel of judges' selection from peer nominations

Credentials

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1993, J.D., with honors, Elected to Order of the Coif; Lead Executive Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1990, B.A., Economics, with honors

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania

  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • American Bar Association – Member of the Class Action Subcommittees of both the Litigation and Business Law Sections
  • Duquesne University Economics Department – Advisory Board
  • Federal Court Section Council (2005-2008)
  • Mortgage Bankers Association – Member of the Class Actions/Legal Issues Committee
  • Penn State University Dickinson School of Law – Guest lecturer on class action litigation (Spring 2011)
  • University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business – Guest lecturer to MBA Business Law Class concerning class action litigation and whistleblower claims (2010-2015)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law – Adjunct professor teaching complex litigation (Spring 2003)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law – Law Fellow
  • Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a diverse group of leaders to serve Southwestern Pennsylvania) – Program Graduate
  • Pittsburgh International Children's Theater – Director
  • St. Teresa of Avila Parochial School – Board Member of Athletic Association; Soccer Program Director/Coach (Grades 4-8)

  • Honorable Alan N. Bloch, U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania