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Barry D. Johnson

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  • Barry D. Johnson has experienced the law from all sides—as a law clerk to an appellate judge, as a client when he was Vice President and General Counsel to a large consumer finance company, and now as a shareholder in SettlePou, where he is a member of the Commercial Lending practice and heads the firm’s Consumer Finance practice.

    Areas of Practice:
    Consumer Finance
    Commercial Lending
    Financial Services Litigation
    Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy
    Real Estate

  • About

    Barry began his legal practice as a law clerk to the Texas Second Court of Appeals. After a brief period in private practice as a litigator, he spent his formative years as a client in the consumer finance industry, serving as General Counsel to a mortgage bank and Assistant General Counsel to a savings and loan association. This firsthand experience in consumer finance led Barry to his current focus on mortgage banking, bank and thrift regulation, and consumer finance. He understands what clients want—not hypothetical legal talk, but real answers to questions that allow clients to structure their businesses around a very complicated set of mortgage regulations. Barry has a clear understanding of state and federal laws in the industry and represents all forms of mortgage and consumer finance lenders and servicers. Clients can depend on him for reliable, responsive service from a senior-level attorney who is connected in the consumer finance regulatory market.

    Outside of work, Barry is a musician, playing cello in various chamber groups. Barry is also active in the Rhodes College Alumni Association, where he assists in various capital campaigns and mentors and advises current and past students. He is also active in his local church, First United Methodist Church of Arlington, Texas. 

  • Education

    Rhodes College, B.A., 1983 (cum laude)

    Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1986; Citations Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce; Case Note on Loftleider Icelandic Airlines v. McDonnell Douglas Corporation, published by Journal of Air Law and Commerce; Comment, Spacecraft Insurance, an Overview and Proposal, published by Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Quarterly.

  • Admissions & Honors

    Texas State Bar Admittance, 1986

    Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Associations

    Dallas Bar Association

    Texas Bar Association

    Northern District of Texas Bar

    Rhodes College Alumni Association Executive Board

    Texas Mortgage Bankers Association

    Conference on Consumer Finance Law

  • Articles & Presentations

    Barry is active in the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association and is a frequent speaker on various mortgage lending topics, including consumer regulation, mortgage fraud, identity theft, home-secured lending, and home equity lending. Barry regularly lectures at various State Bar CLE events and the University of Texas Mortgage Lending Institute on topics relating to consumer finance, legislation, and regulations. He has also presented papers to the Texas Association of Bank Counsel and the State Bar of Texas CLE programs. A representative sample includes:

    Speaker, The New World of Mortgage Regulation: A Look Back—A Look Around—A Look Forward, 46th Annual William W. Gibson Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute

    Panel Presentation, Curing Documentation Defects when Buying or Selling Distressed Mortgage Loans, Distressed Asset Conference, Mortgage Servicing News

    Speaker, The New World of Mortgage Regulation, Real Property Section of Dallas Bar Association

    Speaker, Foreclosure Update, Advanced Collection and Creditor’s Rights CLE Course

    Speaker, Home Equity Lending Update, Texas Association of Bank Counsel Convention

    Speaker, Home Secured Lending, Lorman Education Services

    Speaker, Home Equity Lending in Depth, Lorman Education Services

    Regular Contributor, Texas Bankers Digest

    Speaker,  The CFPB and Mortgage Servicing Regulations