T. Robert Finlay is one of the three founding partners of Wright, Finlay & Zak. Since 1994, Mr. Finlay has focused his legal career on consumer credit, business and real estate litigation and has extensive experience with trials, mediations, arbitrations and appeals. Mr. Finlay is at the forefront of the mortgage banking industry, handling all aspects of the ever-changing default servicing and mortgage banking litigation arena, including compliance issues for servicers, lenders, investors, title companies and foreclosure trustees. Mr. Finlay successfully guides clients through the complexities of litigation while being extremely mindful of their core values and business models. He is a regular speaker (at industry events and for clients) on a variety of loan servicing and mortgage banking issues, including key legislative and legal updates, California and Nevada Homeowner Bill of Rights (HOBR), Nevada HOA lien problems and other relevant litigation and compliance issues.
Mr. Finlay is an active member of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA), United Trustees Association (UTA), American Legal and Financial Network (ALFN), and Orange County Bar Association. From 2008-2014, Mr. Finlay served as a Committee Member and Board Member of the United Trustees Association, being elected as President in 2011 and 2012. Since 2013, he has been Chair of the UTA’s Legislative Committee, working closely with lobbyists in California, Nevada, Washington and Oregon on key industry issues. Mr. Finlay has also been on the Legislative Committee for the CMBA since 2013. Mr. Finlay is a regular contributor to several industry periodicals and has also authored pertinent Amicus Briefs on key issues impacting the mortgage and finance industry. His key published opinions include Mabry v. Superior Court (2010) 185 Cal.App.4th 208 (Amicus counsel) and Bostanian v. Liberty Saving Bank (1997) 52 Cal.App.4th.