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Brian M. Forbes

Partner
+1.617.261.3152
Fax +1.617.261.3175
Mr. Forbes is a partner in the Boston office of K&L Gates with extensive experience in complex commercial litigation. Mr. Forbes is a member of the firm’s Financial Institution and Services Litigation group and the Class Action Litigation Defense group. He regularly represents banking, mortgage lending and consumer financial services institutions in consumer class actions and individual litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. These actions typically concern challenges under federal statutes, including the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as well as state unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes, and common law claims.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Forbes served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Judith Gail Dein, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2000-2001, and as Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, 1999-2000.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • The Mortgage Lifecycle: Litigation Hotspots From Origination Through Foreclosure, Powerpoint Webinar Presentation, by Irene C. Freidel, Brian M. Forbes, Robert W. Sparkes, III, and Jennifer Janeira Nagle, February 24, 2016
  • Panelist, Anatomy of a Class Action Trial, The Boston Bar Association, October 6, 2015
  • Just Trying to Help: Application of Federal and State Debt Collection Laws in the Workout and Modification Process, Powerpoint Webinar Presentation, by Steven M. Kaplan, Jonathan D. Jaffe, Brian M. Forbes, and David A. Tallman, February 2010
  • Finding New Ways to Motivate Them: Debt Collection Laws and Alternative Communication Strategies, Webinar Powerpoint Presentation, by David L. Beam,  Brian M. Forbes, Nanci L. Weissgold, and David G. McDonough, Jr. March 2010
  • Defend national mortgage lender in a putative class action alleging claims for violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, and for negligent misrepresentation, fraud, civil conspiracy and restitution/unjust enrichment in connection with the provision of services through an affiliated business arrangement;
  • Defend national mortgage loan servicers in connection with various class actions alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and state unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes;
  • Defend national mortgage loan servicers in connection with various class actions concerning lender-placed insurance;
  • Defend loan servicers and investors in response to subpoenas and civil investigative demands from state attorneys general and banking regulatory agencies related to mortgage servicing, foreclosures, and appraisal issues;
  • Defend financial institution in putative class action alleging violations of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Defend trustee for mortgage backed securities trust in putative class action alleging violations of state foreclosure law; and
  • Defend loan servicer and investors in connection with litigation around the country related to the Mortgage Electronic Registrations System, Inc. (MERS), including defense of claims in the MERS multi-district litigation proceedings.