Jonice Gray Tucker, a partner with BuckleySandler LLP, represents corporate and individual clients in federal and state enforcement agency investigations, examinations, and litigation as well as private civil litigation. In addition, she conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporations and counsels clients on compliance with federal consumer protection laws including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Truth in Lending Act.
Ms. Tucker has extensive experience representing financial institutions in matters relating to federal and state fair lending laws, mortgage fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and consumer privacy laws. She has represented financial institutions in matters initiated by government entities which include the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, state banking commissions, and state attorneys general, among others. Ms. Tucker also represents financial institutions in private civil litigation, including class actions. She also has represented individual clients in criminal matters and related civil appellate litigation. Ms. Tucker has particular expertise in loan servicing, having represented several major servicers in landmark litigation and enforcement actions.
Ms. Tucker has published articles on a wide-variety of issues impacting financial institutions. In addition, she is a frequent speaker on legal issues facing financial institutions, including best practices in mortgage loan servicing, “fair servicing” in the context of loss mitigation, secondary market liability, mortgage fraud, and dispute resolution techniques. Ms. Tucker has been featured in Washingtonian magazine’s Top Lawyers Issue in an article focusing on the path to partnership.
Ms. Tucker is firmly committed to providing pro bono legal services to members of our community who cannot afford to pay for counsel. She has been recognized for her outstanding work in a pro bono capacity, including in particular, her work on a highly-publicized habeas corpus case which led to the overturning of a wrongful criminal conviction. Ms. Tucker also serves on the Board of Directors of the Kolar Charitable Foundation and is a co-founder of the Financial Literacy Foundation (FLF). FLF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, which provides financial management courses such as budgeting, banking, wise use of credit, and wealth building strategies to high school students in underserved communities.
Prior to joining BuckleySandler at its inception in 2009, Ms. Tucker practiced with the Litigation Group at Skadden Arps, where she specialized in Consumer Financial Services. Before entering private practice, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2000-2001.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Chair, BuckleySandler - Diversity Committee
Board of Directors, The Financial Literacy Foundation
Board of Directors, The Kolar Charitable Foundation
Chair for Retail Banking and Consumer Law, American Bar Association - Banking Law Committee
Co-Vice-Chair for Fair Access to Services Subcommittee, American Bar Association - Consumer Financial Services Committee
United Way, DC Regional Council
Board of Trustees, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Executive Committee, Yale Law School Association