BRIAN A. NETTLEINGHAM is a shareholder in the Firm's Complex Litigation and Risk Advisory, Banking, and Financial Services and Real Property Litigation Groups, where he serves a range of clients on issues that include mortgage lending practices, employment disputes, and intellectual property claims. He graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1998, after which he clerked for Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Joel Hoekstra.
Mr. Nettleingham regularly consults with clients on issues related to the development, sale, and use of software and computer, network, and internet technology, including retention practices for electronically stored information and methods for electronic contracting. He also uses his background in law and technology to assist in a broad range of electronic discovery issues.
Mr. Nettleingham assisted the firm, as one of a small, select group of law firms in the United States, in its participation in the largest default servicing audit in U.S. history as directed by the United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Board. He was deeply involved in the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) for nearly two years which focused on the examination and analysis of the foreclosure and default servicing practices of the nation’s largest mortgage servicing companies. Mr. Nettleingham also assisted in the development of loan testing and remediation strategies and evaluating loan level findings for appropriate remediation. Throughout the IFR, he was able to leverage his expertise with mortgage servicer software and systems to help successfully complete the review.
Mr. Nettleingham embodies a rare combination of expertise and skills in having participated in high-level mortgage regulatory compliance matters, as well as extensive litigaton experience in handling loan level mortgage litigation disputes. This unique perspective enables him to serve his financial services clients efficiently, cost effectively, and with minimized risk while navigating the range of mortgage origination and servicing processes.
Mr. Nettleingham also assisted the firm in developing its Lending Litigation Toolkit (L2TK™)
- a product designed to reduce institutional costs in the mortgage industry in the handling of portfolio level litigation. In addition, he is a creator of the firm's innovative ASPECT™ System
- a product designed to assist in the efficient testing of client compliance with federal mortgage regulatory requirements.
Mr. Nettleingham is a member of the ABA’s Law & Technology Group, as well similar State Bar Groups, and The International Technology Law Association. He was featured in an article regarding complex litigation and interviewed regarding mortgage litigation in Michigan for Crain’s Detroit. Mr. Nettleingham was named a 2012 Top DBusiness Lawyer for Metro Detroit in the area of Information Technology law. On October 3, 2014, he was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Living Arts. Living Arts is a non-profit organization that exists to strengthen the urban neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit by cultivating an environment that sparks the imagination and fosters ingenuity through the arts and community development initiatives.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL, South Bend, Indiana, Juris Doctor, 1998
MIAMI UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL, Oxford, Ohio, Graduate Work in Philosophy, 1993-1995
CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY, Cedarville, Ohio, B.A. in Pre-Law, Minors in Religion and Philosophy, 1993
STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
OAKLAND COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
LIVING ARTS - Member of the Board of Directors