Richard Gottlieb

Lecturer in Law

Richard Gottlieb is a Lecturer at UCLA Law School, and teaches Consumer Financial Protection. He is presently a partner at Glaser Weil in Los Angeles and chair of its financial services department.

Mr. Gottlieb received his B.A., cum laude, at Vanderbilt University, a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Long recognized as one of the leading lawyers in his field, Richard is senior editor of the best-selling annual desk reference on consumer finance, The Consumer Financial Services Answer Book, has authored numerous law journal articles over an extended period, and is a frequent speaker on the subject of consumer finance.

Selected publications:

  • Consumer Financial Services Answer Book, Practising Law Institute 2021 (and all previous editions)
  • “Four-Way Stalemate: Recent Developments in Regulatory Compliance for Fintech Companies and Marketplace Lenders,” 75 Business Lawyer 1931 (Spring 2020)
  • “Two Trials and Other Developments as RMBS Litigation Continues Unabated,” 73 Business Lawyer 497 (Spring 2018)
  • "ACE in the Hole: Developments Since ACE Securities in Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Litigation,” 72 Business Lawyer 585 (Spring 2017)
  • “Court to CFPB: Unconstitutional and Wrong on RESPA,” JD Supra (October 11, 2016)
  • “First Nail in the Coffin for No-Injury Suits? Supreme Court Makes Clear the Days of Hyper-Technical Lawsuit Claims May Be Over,” ABA Consumer Financial Services Newsletter (July 2016)
  • “Madden High Court Denial—Much Ado About Not Much,” Law360 (June 27, 2016)
  • “Greener Pastures Ahead for Class Action Bar,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, (May 2016)
  • “Recent Developments in Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Litigation,” Business Lawyer, Vol. 71, Iss. 2 (Spring 2016)
  • “Class Action Settlement Considerations: Ten Tips for a Successful Settlement (The Case Law),” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Insights (December 2015)
  • “High Court Win No Cure-All for Subordinate-Lien Market,” Law360 (June 2, 2015)
  • “Succession Planning Part 2: Communicating with Family Members After the Death of a Customer,” Illinois Banker (Feb. 2015)
  • "Attorneys Caught in the CFPB’s Cross Hairs,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, Vol. 126, No. 225, at 1 (Nov. 19, 2013)
  • “Spotlight on the Short-Term Credit Crackdown,” Law360 (Oct. 2, 2013)
  • “Reckless Abandon: Vacant Property Ordinances Create Legal Uncertainties,” 68 Business Lawyer 669 (Feb. 2013)
  • “Eminent Domain: Will Local Governments Attempt to Use This Extraordinary Power to Purchase Troubled Residential Mortgages?,” Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, Vol. 31, No. 11 (Aspen Publishers, Nov. 2012)
  • “The Foreclosure Firestorm: ‘Robo-Signing’ Allegations Have More Bark Than Bite,” 67 Business Lawyer 649 (Feb. 2012)
  • "Update on Loan Modification Litigation,” 66 Business Lawyer 539 (Feb. 2011)
  • “Under the Microscope: Credit Card Interest Rate ‘Floors’ Have Been Swept Clean and Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past,” Consumer Financial Services Law Report, Vol. 13, No. 18 (Mar. 17, 2010)
  • “Update on Municipal Nuisance and Discrimination Litigation,” 65 Business Lawyer 665 (Feb. 2010)
  • “Defending the Adequacy of Disclosures in Non-Traditional Mortgage Products,” The Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 25, No. 6 (Standard & Poor’s, June 2009); “Is Wall Street Responsible for Destroying Main Street?,” Business Torts Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3 (American Bar Association, Spring 2009)
  • “Litigation Against Banks in FDIC Receiverships,” Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 27, No. 11 (Aspen Publishers, Nov. 2008)
  • “When Bad Things Happen to Good Cities: Are Lenders to Blame?,” Business Law Today, Vol. 17, No. 6 (July/Aug. 2008)
  • "Fair Credit Reporting Act Update: Firm Offers, Willfulness, Adverse Action and Receipt Truncation,” 63 Business Lawyer 677 (Feb. 2008)
  • “Selective Burdens: Illinois Enacts a Broad Predatory Lending Statute,” 61 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly 665 (Winter 2007)
  • “Recent ‘Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices’ Litigation Developments in the Midwest,” 1590 PLI/Corp 217 (Practising Law Institute, 2007)
  • “Recent Developments in Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation: ‘Prescreened’ Offers of Credit and Insurance,” 1533 PLI/Corp 241 (Practising Law Institute, 2006)
  • “Firm Offers of Credit: Recent Developments,” 60 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly 596 (Winter 2006); “Class Action Fairness Act 2005—Potential Pitfalls for Defendants,” Andrew’s Class Action Litigation Reporter, Vol. 13, No. 9 (Oct. 2006)
  • “Firm Offer of Credit Litigation Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” The Review of Banking & Financial Services (Standard & Poor’s, May 2006)
  • “Under Attack: The Seventh Circuit Weighs In on Prescreened Offers of Credit,” 59 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly 180 (Spring 2005)
  • “New Class Action Law Contains Pitfalls for Defendants,” Chicago Lawyer (Apr. 2005); and “Taming Class Actions: Keeping Best Practices in Mind,” Risk Management (Feb. 2005).


  • Books
    • Consumer Financial Services Answer Book. Practising Law Institute (forthcoming 2024).